TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - MaRS Discovery District congratulates Dr.
Ilse Treurnicht on receiving the prestigious 2012 Canada's Most
Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award.
The award, in the "Xstrata Nickel Trailblazers and Trendsetters"
category, is Dr. Treurnicht's third Top 100 recognition; she was
previously honoured in 2009 and 2011.
Created by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) in 2003, the Top 100
Awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the
country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The Awards
are co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG.
"I am delighted that Ilse's significant contribution to innovation in
our country is being recognized and celebrated for the third time since
2009," said Gordon Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. "This award shines
a light on a visionary woman whose work will generate economic and
social benefits in Canada for years to come."
Dr. Treurnicht joins a community of 653 women who have received the Top
100™ Award over the last decade, recognizing the highest achieving
female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in
Canada. Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and
leadership, their organization's financial performance, and their
commitment to their communities.
A former entrepreneur with senior management roles in a number of
emerging technology companies, Dr. Treurnicht joined MaRS as CEO in
2005, overseeing both the development and operations of the MaRS Centre
and its broad suite of entrepreneurship and innovation programs. She is
an active member of Canada's innovation community and has served on the
boards of private companies, industry associations and research
organizations. Dr. Treurnicht holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford
University, which she attended as a Rhodes scholar.
"On behalf of the WXN community of 18,000 women, we congratulate each of
this year's winners who we honour as part of the 10th year of the Top 100 Awards," said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women's
Executive Network. "This is an extraordinary group of female leaders
who join our community, and they truly embody the qualities WXN strives
to recognize; they are dynamic, inspiring and engaging leaders blazing
new trails for the next generation."
Dr. Treurnicht will be celebrated on December 5 at the Sheraton Centre
Toronto, where the Top 100 Award Winners will lead WXN's afternoon
The complete list of 2012 Top 100 Award Winners and partners can be
found at top100women.ca.
About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers
innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development
to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 18,000 smart
women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. 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 a Founding Member of the Canadian
Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of
Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in
Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female
MaRS Discovery District (Twitter: @MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in
Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify
innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada's next
generation of growth companies.
SOURCE: MaRS Discovery District
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