Marilynn Booth, Dean of Continuing Studies at U of T, recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Marilynn Booth, Dean of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, is among the Winners of the 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, presented by the Women's Executive Network (WXN).

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canadian women across a wide range of fields and professions who have contributed significantly as leaders, innovators and role models. Recognized in the PwC Public Sector Leaders category, Marilynn will join this year's Award Winners for a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, November 24.

Throughout her career, including the past decade at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Marilynn has combined innovative thinking with academic entrepreneurship to demonstrate how lifelong learning can broaden horizons, create opportunity, enrich our culture and build stronger communities.

"It's an honour to be singled out for work that draws on the energy and commitment of so many other people," Marilynn says. "I'm proud to accept this award on behalf of the School of Continuing Studies and our colleagues across Canada who understand the critical role education plays in empowering women to realize their potential."

Recognizing talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, the Top 100 Awards aim to inspire current and future generations of Canadian women as they push the boundaries of possibility.

"Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we're doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we're excelling at the top levels of every sector," says WXN Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens. "By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here."

Marilynn Booth joins a distinguished community of past Top 100 Award Winners, including: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN's 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.

About Marilynn Booth
Marilynn Booth has been Dean of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies since 2006, leading a program of renewal, growth and innovation aimed at better meeting the needs of adult learners. She previously served for 12 years as Dean of The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, where she was also a tenured professor of nursing. A passionate advocate for lifelong learning, Marilynn has taken on many voluntary leadership roles, including president of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, president of the Ontario Council of University Lifelong Learning and a board member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association and Lakefield College School (where she was the first female board chair in 135 years). She has also worked to advance continuing education in many parts of the globe, including Jamaica, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.

About the School of Continuing Studies
The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies meets the needs of adult learners with more than 600 non-degree courses and 80 specialized certificate programs delivered in class and online, by instructors who are recognized leaders in their fields. The School attracts students of all ages with wide-ranging backgrounds. Many are seeking knowledge and skills to help them compete more effectively in the job market, whether they are recent graduates augmenting their degrees or immigrants adding to credentials earned elsewhere. Some students need to improve their language skills and cultural insights to work or study in Canada. Others pursue new avenues of personal expression through the School's acclaimed creative writing program. And still others broaden their intellectual horizons through general-interest arts and science courses. The common thread – and the cornerstone of the School's global reputation as an innovator in continuing education – is a commitment to putting learners first in every aspect of the educational experience. For more information, please visit overview.learn.utoronto.ca.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

More information is available at www.wxnetwork.com or www.top100women.ca.

SOURCE University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

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For further information: For media inquiries about the School of Continuing Studies or to arrange an interview with Marilynn Booth, please contact: Kathy Saliba, Senior Communications Officer, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, 416-946-5002, kathy.saliba@utoronto.ca; For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with WXN Owner and CEO Sherri Stevens, please contact: Samantha Detwiler, Harbinger Communications, 416-960-5100 ext. 246, sdetwiler@harbingerideas.com; Gabi Eliasoph, Harbinger Communications, 416-960-5100 ext. 287, geliasoph@harbingerideas.com

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