WCM CEO Martha Fell Recognized as One of Canada's Most Powerful Women by WXN

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Marking a decade of celebrating female leaders, the Women's Executive Network (WXN) revealed the recipients of the 10th annual Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. Each year, these awards, co-presented by WXN, KPMG and Scotiabank, celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

This year, Martha Fell, CEO of Women in Capital Markets, was among the winners of this prestigious award recognizing exceptional women leaders in the 'Champions' category. Martha joins a community of 653 women who have received the Top 100™ Award over the last decade, recognizing the highest achieving female leaders in Canada.

"We are extremely proud of Martha," said Kathryn Smith, Chair, WCM.  "This award not only honours the passionate commitment she makes as a change agent and role model, but is also a tribute to her strategic vision and leadership in advancing women in business."

Before becoming the inaugural CEO in 2008, Martha was Chair of the WCM Board in 2005. Over her tenure, WCM's membership and stakeholder base has multiplied and several important initiatives have been established including the Executive Coaching Award Program, the Return to Bay Street Award, and the Senior Women's Network.

"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." The complete list of 2012 Top 100 Award Winners can be found at top100women.ca

Top 100 Awards enjoys a strong commitment from corporate supporters. For a complete list of Partners, click here http://www.top100women.ca/?w=top100.toronto.

About WCM

WCM is a non-profit organization that promotes the entry, advancement and development of women, fosters accountability for diversity and recognizes leaders who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the Canadian capital markets industry. Through innovative programming, WCM offers its members diverse and creative opportunities for networking, career growth and personal development, and mentoring and coaching of both students and professionals.  WCM.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 leaders.

In June 2012, WXN Founder Pamela Jeffery was named the only Canadian resident to Fast Company's 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, in the leadership category. In its inaugural year, the League of Extraordinary Women recognizes 60 women from the world's largest companies, innovative start-ups, philanthropic organizations, government and arts for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls everywhere. WXN is the only Canadian-based organization on the list. Other Charter members include Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.

As individuals, we can inspire and be inspired.  To our community of members and partners, we thank you for inspiring WXN to lead.

More information and details are available at wxnetwork.com or top100women.ca.

SOURCE: Women in Capital Markets (WCM)

For further information:

Jennifer Britton
North Strategic (for WXN)

Elif McDonald
WCM PR and Media Relations

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