AQWF works to promote the added value of women in finance
MONTREAL, April 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Tonight, the Association of Québec Women in Finance (AQWF) celebrated its 14th annual Les Talentueuses Gala, an award ceremony recognizing the achievements of professional women in Quebec who have made their mark in the financial sector. The event was chaired by Françoise E. Lyon, President of the AQWF Board of Directors, and hosted by Mitsou Gélinas, an entrepreneur, speaker, and radio and television personality.
"This year, exceptional women with remarkable professional backgrounds inspired the theme of the evening: Notre valeur ajou+ée. All too often, we fail to recognize the added value that diversity brings to finance. AQWF works tirelessly to help women take their rightful place!" explains Ms. E. Lyon.
A celebration highlighting diversity in finance
Diversity and inclusion are key to the success of companies around the world. Numerous studies show that gender diversity on executive teams is closely linked to employee satisfaction, effective leadership, innovation, and financial benefit.1 Yet according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), women account for only 10% of senior executives in big companies and industries with high-earning top executives. Moreover, women have to deal with a double glass ceiling.2
"There are plenty of highly competent women in finance," observes Ms. E. Lyon. "The problem is the lack of diversity within businesses. In a multicultural society, why don't more women and people from cultural and ethnic backgrounds hold management positions? Diversity fosters not only a better understanding of our clients' issues but also better strategic support. When our teams are diverse, everyone wins—companies, employees, and clients."
The importance of values
In addition to promoting diversity in finance, this year's theme "Notre valeur ajou+ée" illustrates the importance of the link between personal values and corporate values.
"Aligning personal values with the company's values is a central topic of discussion in the workplace. When organizational values are in harmony with our own core values, we're motivated to go that extra mile and we experience a sense of belonging. This is the balance that allows both women and men to bring their added value to the table. Tonight's winners are a shining example of our theme. They've put their added value to good use, for the benefit of their peers," Ms. E. Lyon adds.
Winners of the 14th Les Talentueuses Award Ceremony
Inspiration – Andrée-Corriveau Award ("Special Recognition" award presented by the AQWF's Board of Directors)
Geneviève Morin, CEO, Anges Québec Capital
Alter Ego Award(presented to a man in recognition of a commitment to promote the place of women in finance) Chadi Habib, Executive Vice President, Information Technology, Desjardins Group
Leadership Award Sussy Galvez, Senior Advisor, Best Business Practices, National Bank Financial
Initiative Award: For the advancement of women in finance Program: BMO pour Elles, BMO Financial Group
Rising Star Award Laura Gheorghiu, Partner, Gowling WLG
Desjardins Next Generation Award Mélanie Michaud, student at Université Laval Juliette Durant, student at HEC Montréal
RBC Royal Bank Next Generation Award Maude Archambault, student at Bishop's University
CDPQ Next Generation Award
Lamiae Senhaji, student at HEC Montréal
The Association of Québec Women in Finance would like to thank its partners:
Key Partners: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins, and RBC Royal Bank President's Circle: National Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins, RBC Royal Bank Elite: Aon, Canadian Bankers Association, Ordre des CPA du Québec, Manulife, CIBC Premium: PricewaterhouseCoopers Alliance: Air Canada and TD Bank VIP Cocktail Reception: Lavery Lawyers Standard Cocktail Reception: Langlois Lawyers Outreach: Finance Montréal Communications Partner: Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations
About the Association of Québec Women in Finance
The Association of Québec Women in Finance (AQWF) was created in May 2002 and is comprised of over 700 Québec women in finance. In addition to creating a mentoring program to support women in finance, AQWF offers its members professional development and networking activities, and works with young people at the academic level. Each year, the AQWF organizes several international business activities, thereby providing women in finance with unique access to a broad network of financial organizations spanning several countries.
For further information: For more information, to schedule an interview, or to receive a complete list of AQWF ambassadors, please contact: Valérie Lavoie, Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations, T: 514-842-2455, ext. 21, [email protected]