George Brown College President Among Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - George Brown College president Anne Sado has been named one of this year's Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence, Inc. Sado received this prestigious distinction for her many achievements as a senior executive and the contributions she has made at George Brown College and across the city of Toronto. She was one of only five women acknowledged for their influence in the Public Sector category.

"I'm thrilled to receive this award along with so many extraordinary women leaders," said Sado. "I can't thank Women of Influence enough for showcasing the accomplishments of Canadian women executives who are propelling our economy and communities forward. To be counted among them is a true honour."

This announcement adds to Sado's long list of outstanding achievements, including an appointment to Member of the Order of Canada last year. She was also named a Women of Influence Diversity Champion and received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and has been named one of Canada's most powerful women three times by the Women's Executive Network (WXN).

Sado became George Brown's first female president in 2004 and under her direction the college has experienced among the greatest enrolment growth of all 24 Ontario colleges and has doubled the number of George Brown graduates entering the workforce. Sado, who was named Chair of Polytechnics Canada in 2013, has led George Brown to become one of Canada's largest, most diverse and respected colleges, strengthening the cultural, social and economic fabric of the city of Toronto.

She will join her fellow recipients on December 4, 2014 at the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where Premier Kathleen Wynne will be keynote speaker. 

"The level of influence, stature and accomplishments of the Top 25 Women of Influence is without question, outstanding and unparalleled," said Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. "Although this year's women have varied backgrounds, professions, personalities and skills, they all share the same passion, ambition and drive to make meaningful and transformational contributions to the Canadian economy, their communities, their workplaces, and to the next generation.  They are women of influence in every sense of the word."

Sado will be profiled alongside fellow recipients in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine. From September 2-15 supporters are encouraged to vote for Sado as the woman they would like to see featured on the cover.  To place your vote, visit www.womenofinfluence.ca/top-25-cover-contest.

For more information about Anne Sado, visit www.georgebrown.ca/bio-anne-sado.

About George Brown College

Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees. www.georgebrown.ca 

About the Top 25 Women of Influence

Now in its fourth year, the Top 25 Women of Influence™ recognizes a select group of executives who have are influential in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services and the public sector. Recipients are selected based on both accomplishment and the magnitude of their influence over the past year, including number of employees, awards, board memberships, funds raised, business deals initiated and/or led, and published work. Having made a significant difference in their fields, these women serve as important role models for future female leaders across Canada. For more information, visit: www.womenofinfluence.ca/events/top-25.

About Women of Influence

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Women of Influence Inc. is North America's leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women. It offers solutions to women through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and media.  It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North American including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit: www.womenofinfluence.ca.

SOURCE: George Brown College

For further information: Jodi Serwatuk, (416) 415.5000 ext. 3767, jserwatuk@georgebrown.ca


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