TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - George Brown College president Anne Sado
has been named one of Canada's most powerful women for the second time
in three years by one of the country's most respected women's groups.
The Women's Executive Network (WXN) has selected President Sado to
receive its Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Public Sector Leaders category for her visionary leadership
at George Brown College and in the broader community.
"It is such an honour to receive this prestigious award," said President
Sado. "Impacting the lives of Canadians through education provides
tremendous reward in itself, but to be recognized by WXN provides
tremendous validation for me personally and for the work of our entire
This announcement follows two other awards recently presented to
President Sado, having being named a Women of Influence Diversity
Champion and receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recent
The Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is Canada's most recognizable award for the country's highest achieving
female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
President Sado is part of a community of 653 women across the country
that has received this recognition since its inception. Winners are
selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their
organization's financial performance, and their commitment to their
Since becoming George Brown College's first female president in 2004,
Anne Sado has balanced strong team and people management with focused
strategic thinking, resulting in extraordinary growth and renewal.
Under her leadership, George Brown has become one of Canada's largest,
most diversified and respected colleges. It has more than doubled in
size since 2003, broadened its international partnerships and has
continued to play a key role strengthening the cultural, social and
economic fabric of the city of Toronto.
President Sado has built partnerships with industry and government, who
have joined forces with the College to create new opportunities for
students in the GTA. Most recently the college opened its third main
campus at Toronto's Waterfront, where it provides education in Health
Sciences to more than 3,000 students each year.
She will join her fellow recipients in a celebration December 5 at the
Sheraton Centre Toronto, where the Top 100 Award Winners will lead
WXN's afternoon leadership Summit. Appropriately themed "An Afternoon
of Inspired Leadership," the event offers insight to the more than 400
women in attendance.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: ANNE SADO
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown
College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of
the college has resulted in significant growth and has activated a
critical public discussion on the value of college education in
Ontario's economic development.
Beyond her leadership of George Brown College, Anne has been recognized
as one of YWCA's 2012 Women of Distinction in Education and twice by
The Women's Executive NetworkTM as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women of 2010 and 2012. She is Chair
of the Board of Orion and past chair of Trillium Health Centre. Anne
also sits on the boards of organizations such as the Toronto Board of
Trade, Legacy Private Trust, Mount Pleasant Memorial Services and the
Toronto Financial Service Alliance. In the past, Anne has also served
as Chair of Colleges Ontario's Committee of Presidents and sat on the
boards of the YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the
Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. These volunteer efforts have given
her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges
facing the GTA.
She was inducted into the University Of Toronto's prestigious
Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario
Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. In 2012 she received The
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her role impacting the
socioeconomic vitality of the city through her work at George Brown
College. She was also named as one of the 2012 Women of Influence
Canadian Diversity Champions. In the past, she has received the Queen's
Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with the YWCA of Greater Toronto, the
Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award for contributions to
her community, and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.
Anne holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of
Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial
Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa,
from the University of Toronto in June 2011.
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 main campuses located across the downtown core, including its
newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September
2012. George Brown offers 148 full-time and 1,600 continuing education
programs across a wide variety of professions to a student body of
approximately 64,000 (including those enrolled in full-time, part-time
and continuing education programs). Students can earn diplomas,
post-graduate certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships
and four-year bachelor degrees.
SOURCE: George Brown College
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