Eight Alumnae Among Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Headshots of 8 alumnae on most powerful list

The CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society and the head of Global Corporate Banking with CIBC Capital Markets are among the eight Queen’s alumnae who made the annual list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

“The list includes women who are among the top leaders of many successful organizations,” says Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08, president of the Queen’s University Alumni Association. “These eight alumnae are proof that Queen’s is continuing its long tradition of creating Canada’s top executives and innovators. I want to congratulate these women, both on their remarkable careers and for proudly representing our university.”   

The list is compiled by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), an organization that develops and promotes professional women in Canada.   

Here is a look at the eight powerful alumnae:

  • Jacqueline Allard, Artsci’93, is the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Performance, and Marketing with RBC Personal & Commercial Banking. She serves on the board of directors of Next Canada, which supports promising young innovators, and also serves on the board of Up with Women, a not-for-profit providing career coaching and support for formerly homeless women.
  • Lynne Hudson, Sc’92, is president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, the country’s largest charitable funder of cancer research. She oversaw the successful merger between that organization and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in February of 2017.
  • Valerie Mann, Com’86, is a partner at the business law firm Lawson Lundell LLP and is co-chair of the company’s mergers and acquisitions group. This is her fourth time on the most powerful list, which results in her being inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.
  • Patricia McLeod, MBA’11, is chair of the board of directors of the Calgary Co-op, one of North America’s largest co-operatives, with more than 440,000 members. Ms. McLeod is a lawyer with extensive legal and governance experience in many areas, including corporate/commercial, compliance, and securities law.
  • Alexandra Nuth, MBA’17, is a managing director at ATB Financial, the largest Alberta-based financial institution with assets of more than $51.9 billion. Ms. Nuth leads a group responsible for starting up new digital ventures. She is also responsible for a multi-million-dollar capital expenditure budget.  
  • Susan Rimmer, Artsci’88, is the head of Global Corporate Banking with CIBC Capital Markets. She is responsible for CIBC’s corporate banking, cash management, and correspondent banking businesses. Before joining CIBC, she had a 15-year career in global capital markets and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
  • Olivia Steedman, Sci’95, is a managing director at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She is both a professional engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of private equity investing.

Many award winners were honoured at a gala event in Toronto on Nov. 21. 

This is the 16th year the Women’s Executive Network has compiled its most powerful list. Alumnae on the list in previous years include CBC TV Dragons’ Den star Michele Romanow, Sc’07, MBA’08, and NFL Chief Operating Officer Mary Ann Turcke, Sc’88, MBA’97.