Canada's most powerful women: Top 100(TM) award winners to act as mentors in groundbreaking program aimed at next generation of women leaders

    Women's Executive Network(TM) (WXN) celebrates its one year anniversary
    of the first mentoring program of its kind in the world. The mentoring
    program WXNWisdom II(TM) is aimed at increasing women holding executive
    and other top positions in Canada

    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - The next generation of Canadian women are more
likely to succeed in the future because they now have role models, Canada's
Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winners, says Women's Executive Network
Founder Pamela Jeffery.
    "Each year, 100 of Canada's outstanding women leaders are honoured with
the prestigious Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100(TM) award. From
Vancouver Island to St. John's, award winners are senior executives in
Canada's largest companies, entrepreneurs, accountants, doctors, lawyers,
university presidents, cabinet ministers, corporate directors and
not-for-profit executive directors," said Jeffery at a 1,200 seat sold-out WXN
Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards Summit held at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre on November 21, 2007.
    "What these award winners have in common is they opened doors that
previously had been closed to women. They wish they had had the benefit of
female mentors and role models who could have made the journey a little
easier. Most importantly, they wish to share their wisdom with the next
generation of Canadian women leaders through the first program of its kind in
the world - the WXNWisdom II Mentoring Program."
    The Women's Executive Network is pleased to announce that 2008
applications are now being accepted for the groundbreaking WXNWisdom II
program that matches Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winners with
women executives from across Canada. In its second year, WXNWisdom II offers
successful applicants a year of mentoring by Top 100 winners, classroom
instruction and peer networking beginning in April in Vancouver, Calgary,
Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal. Applications are due by January 15, 2008 and can
be found at
    Erin Gordon, Lindt Sprungli (Canada), a 2007 protégée remarked "I am
pleased to have participated in the inaugural WXN Mentoring Program. The
classroom sessions provided valuable insight and networking opportunities, and
in particular, the session on Signature Strengths provided the greatest value
to me. Understanding the confidence I needed to undertake a new challenge has
opened up new career possibilities for me. These experiences partnered with
the opportunity to benefit from my mentor's challenges, successes and focused
counsel will continue to serve me well in the future."
    Three of the inaugural 2007 WXNWisdom II mentors (who are Top 100
winners) state:

    "Women face unique challenges throughout their careers and mentors can
    provide both support and guidance," said Janet Yale, TELUS Executive
    Vice-President Corporate Affairs."

    According to Teri Currie, Executive Vice-President, Human Resources, TD
    Bank Financial Group, "Mentoring has been helpful throughout my career,
    and has always been part of my development, and I've had different
    mentors at different stages."

    "TransCanada is pleased to be involved in the WXN mentoring program as a
    sponsor, with our women participating as mentees, and myself as a
    mentor," says Sarah Raiss, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services
    at TransCanada Corporation. "WXNWisdom II is unique in the combination
    of Canada's Most Powerful Women as the mentors, classroom development and
    participants who form a peer networking relationship. I personally have
    received significant value as a mentor throughout my career."

    Studies have pointed to the importance of mentoring in career
development. In 2002, WXN commissioned public opinion and market research firm
POLLARA to conduct a survey of 350 executive women in seven urban centres.
Full results of this survey - Moving Forward 2002: Barriers and Opportunities
for Executive Women in Canada-are available at In that
survey, the majority of women executives said that a lack of mentors (63%) and
a lack of role models (59%) were barriers to women's career advancement. The
following year, the WXN created Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 to shine
a light on Canada's women leaders and role models.
    "It is an honour for the WXN to bring together Canada's top women leaders
with the next generation of leaders. Our own study told us a program like this
one was needed but we first needed to identify the role models. The Top 100
award winners are an outstanding group of role models," said Jeffery. "We
greatly appreciate the support of our corporate partners in the 2007 Canada's
Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards: Scotiabank Group, Richard Ivey School of
Business, Ernst & Young, TELUS, The Globe and Mail, Mercedes-Benz Canada, TD
Bank Financial Group, Cisco Systems, Palm, Korn/Ferry International, Miller
Dallas, Andrew's, Pt2 Events, and Sandra Ainsley Gallery."

    WXN is Canada's most influential female audience and the country's
leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive
minded women in the workplace. WXN's over 10,000 members are women leaders in
business, government and not-for-profit sectors who attend exclusive
by-invitation-only breakfast series, Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Awards and Summit and professional development programs.

    For the list of Top 100 award winners who participated in the 2007
WXNWisdom II mentoring program, visit us on-line at www.wxnetwork

For further information:

For further information: Karin Eaton, Manager, Programs, Women's
Executive Network, (416) 361-1475, ext 231,

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