Firm's Anne-Marie Hubert and Fiona Macfarlane named among Canada's most
TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to honour
Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, and Fiona
Macfarlane, Managing Partner, British Columbia and Chief Inclusiveness
Officer who both earned spots on the 2012 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™.
"I am delighted that two of our accomplished leaders are being
recognized," says Trent Henry, Ernst & Young's Canadian Chairman and
CEO. "Both Anne-Marie and Fiona exemplify the innovative thinking,
drive and dedication that make a difference for our clients, and our
own people, every day."
Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 is Canada's best-known awards program for the country's
highest-achieving women leaders in the private, public and
"We believe that investing in the enormous untapped potential of women
is a strategic imperative. Women are not only the largest pool of
incoming talent globally — for our organization as well as others
worldwide — but they are also our future clients and the biggest
economic growth engines of the next decade," says Henry. "Women like
Anne-Marie and Fiona help our firm lead this charge."
That philosophy is echoed in a recent Ernst & Young report, High achievers: Recognizing the power of women to spur business and
economic growth, which shows that women are the largest emerging market in the world.
Over the next decade, women will wield enormous influence over
politics, sport, business and society. And, in the next five years, the
global incomes of women will grow from US$13 trillion to US$18
trillion. That incremental US$5 trillion is almost twice the growth in
GDP expected from China and India combined.
This is fourth consecutive year that Hubert has been honoured with the
award, recognizing her ongoing influence and leadership in the
professional services sector. In addition to her work advising board
members and senior management teams on governance, performance and risk
management, Hubert serves on the boards of the Fédération des chambres
de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and the Public Policy Forum. Inside and
outside Ernst & Young, she has been a vocal advocate for diversity and
gender equality, and was recently awarded The Catalyst Canada Honours
for her work supporting the advancement of women in business.
During her time with Ernst & Young, Macfarlane has led significant
portfolios, including managing partner of the Canadian Tax practice —
the first woman among the "Big Four" accounting firms to hold such a
position — and was awarded an Honorary CA in 2011. She is a governor of
the Business Council of British Columbia as well as Shawnigan Lake
School, and serves as a board member of BC's Aboriginal Business and
Investment Council as well as the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.
She is also an immediate past member of the Canadian Board of the
International Women's Forum. Macfarlane is a passionate advocate for
the inclusion of women, visible minorities, immigrants, aboriginals,
LBGT and other underrepresented groups, fostering an environment in
which a diversity of backgrounds, perspective, skills and experiences
is celebrated and deployed as a strategic advantage. This is the second
year Macfarlane appears on the Top 100 list.
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