Sixteen alumni on Canada’s 100 most powerful women list

Sixteen alumni on Canada’s 100 most powerful women list

By Communications Staff

December 19, 2014


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Queen's alumni Karen Flavelle, Com’79, and Susan McIsaac, Artsci’85, were included in the Women’s Executive Network's list of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women. (Supplied photo)

The head of one of Canada’s biggest chocolate retailers and the CEO of the United Way of Greater Toronto are among the 16 Queen’s alumni on this year’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

The list, released annually by the Women’s Executive Network, includes the CEO of Purdy’s Chocolates Karen Flavelle, Com’79, and history graduate Susan McIsaac, Artsci’85, who leads the United Way of Greater Toronto.

“Queen’s educates amazing alumni and this list shows the powerful presence of the Queen’s degree in many boardrooms across Canada,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf.

Other Queen’s alumni on the list are:

  • Sharon Driscoll, Com’84, EVP & CFO, Rexall – Katz Group Canada
  • Stephani Kingsmill, Com’88, EVP, Human Resources & Communications, Manulife Financial 
  • Mia Pearson, Artsci’90, Co-Founder, North Strategic 
  • Jessica Green, Artsci’06, Founding Director, Cursive PR
  • Michele Romanow, Sc’07, MBA’08, Co-Founder, Buytopia & Snapsaves
  • Kathryn Chisholm, MBA’04, SVP, Legal & External Relations, Capital Power
  • Carol Devenny, Com’82, National Capital Region Office Managing Partner & National Audit Partner for the Public Sector, PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • Janice Deakin, Artsci/PHE’80, BED’81, Provost & VP (Academic), Western University
  • Julia Deans, Artsci’85, CEO, Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation)
  • Anne Poschmann, Sc’78, Principal, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Judith Goldring, Law’91, EVP & COO, AGF Management Ltd.
  • Samantha Horn, Law’91, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP 
  • Linda Mantia, Law’92, Head & EVP, Cards & Payment Solutions, RBC 

Many of the award winners were honoured at a gala dinner in Toronto at the end of November.

This is the 12th year the Women’s Executive Network has produced a most powerful list.

Last year 10 Queen’s alumni made the list, including Kingston General Hospital CEO Leslee Thompson, NSc’84, Agrium Inc.’s Leslie O’Donoghue, Law’88, and Bell Canada’s Mary Ann Turcke, Sc’88, MBA’97.