Queen's grads among Canada's most powerful women

Queen's grads among Canada's most powerful women

December 10, 2013


By Communications Staff

Ten Queen’s alumnae and an advisor for the Queen’s School of Business are among Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, named this week by the Women’s Executive Network. The Top 100 awards, announced annually, celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

The honorees were celebrated on December 4 at a leadership summit and awards gala in Toronto.

“It is impressive to see Queen’s so well represented on a list of some of the most influential and inspirational leaders in the country,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “It is a testament to the fact that Queen’s attracts the nation’s best and brightest.”

Leslee Thompson, NSc’84, president and CEO of Kingston General Hospital, received her award in the public sector leaders category. She attended both the leadership summit and awards gala in Toronto.

Leslee Thompson. Photo courtesy of Kingston General Hospital.

“The Leadership summit was phenomenal,” says Thompson. “It gave us the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in other industries. All of this year’s award recipients are now part of a leadership community that is committed to the ongoing development of ourselves and others.”

Thompson was also able to share the experience with the woman who has inspired her most in life; her mother, who accompanied her to the awards gala.

Two Queen’s graduates who made the Top 100 list for the fourth time were also named this year to the Executive Network Hall of Fame: Leslie O’Donoghue, Law’88, and Mary Ann Turcke, Sc’88, MBA’97. O’Donoghue is executive vice-president, corporate development and strategy and chief risk officer for Agrium Inc., while Turcke is executive vice-president, field operations for Bell Canada.

Also named to the Top 100 list were Queen’s graduates Jacqui Allard, Artsci’93, head of operations and CIO, Manulife Financial Corp.; Shauneen Bruder, MBA’84, executive vice-president, operations, Royal Bank of Canada; JoAnne Butler, Sc’78, vice-president, electricity resources, Ontario Power Authority; Marie Delorme, EMBA’00, CEO, Imagination Group; Judy Goldring, Law’91, executive vice-president and COO, AGF Management Ltd.; Alison Loat, Artsci’99, co-founder and executive director, Samara; Linda Mantia, Law’92, executive vice-president, cards and payment solutions, Royal Bank of Canada. Joining this Queen’s group in the Top 100 was Janice McDonald, president of iStyleOriginals, and an advisor for the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program.