Qtrade top executive once again recognized as one of Canada's most iconic women leaders
VANCOUVER, Nov. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Qtrade Financial Group is pleased to announce that Catherine Wood, senior vice-president and head of online brokerage, digital advice, insurance, product and marketing, has been named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
This marks the second year in a row that Catherine has been included in the Top 100 Awards, which celebrate the accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Catherine's strategic vision, leadership and contribution to Qtrade's overall corporate performance have been recognized this year with a WXN Corporate Executives Award. She and the rest of this year's winners will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 23.
Since joining Qtrade Financial Group nine years ago, Catherine has held a number of senior positions. As a member of the organization's senior executive team, she has built an impressive track record delivering unique financial products and solutions to business partners and clients across Canada.
This year, significantly, Catherine oversaw the launch of VirtualWealth®, Qtrade's digital advice (robo-advice) service: a simple, convenient and cost-effective way for Canadians to invest and build their wealth online, using professionally managed portfolios matched to their financial goals and timelines.
She also led Qtrade's top-ranked online brokerage and flagship offering, Qtrade Investor, to its most successful year yet, garnering best brokerage awards from The Globe and Mail, MoneySense and Surviscor as well as a top-tier rating in the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Self-Directed Investor Satisfaction Study.
In addition to her visionary leadership, business acumen and industry expertise, Catherine is recognized for championing workforce diversity, including gender diversity; dedicating time to advocate for financial literacy and for access to meaningful financial advice for Canadians; and personally supporting the growth and development of her team members.
"On behalf of everyone at Qtrade, it's my pleasure to congratulate Catherine on this well-deserved recognition," says Qtrade Financial Group CEO Bill Packham. "With her strategic vision and leadership, she continues to make significant contributions to our business, and we are fortunate to have her on our team. She is committed to supporting her staff and to creating opportunities for them to grow. Equally, she is committed to building high quality solutions for Canadian investors."
According to WXN, the Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what's possible.
"Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce and in the community," says Sherri Stevens, President & CEO of PhaseNyne, a parent company of Women's Executive Network – WXN, Canadian Board Diversity Counsel – CBDC, and Stevens Resource Group - SRG. "We are so proud of the steps taken by women, and the organizations that support them, and are thrilled that we have now surpassed a major milestone, with more than 1,000 women honoured since the awards were launched in 2003."
As a WXN Top 100 Award winner, Catherine is part of a prestigious community made up of Canada's most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The full list of WXN's 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.
About Catherine Wood
Catherine Wood is the senior vice-president and head of online brokerage, digital advice, insurance, product and marketing at Qtrade Financial Group. As a member of the company's senior executive team, Catherine builds strategies and multi-disciplined, cross-functional teams that help to strengthen the Qtrade brand and bolster the financial health of the organization. She is a trustee for the Institute for Advanced Financial Education, a past board member of the Financial Planning Standards Council, and a current board member of Holland Bloorview Kid's Rehabilitation Hospital. Catherine earned an MBA as well as a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. She holds an Honours BA from York University and a BA from Western University. She also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program. Her professional designations include CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP) practitioner; Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Tax and Estate Practitioner (TEP); and Certified Health Specialist (CHS).
About Qtrade Financial Group
Qtrade Financial Group is a national, award-winning, integrated financial services company, with $15 billion in assets. Qtrade Financial Group provides online brokerage services to individual investors along with full-service brokerage, wealth and investment management platforms and services, custodial services, introducing broker services, and insurance solutions to meet the diverse needs of over 150 financial institutions, as well as their members and clients, across Canada. Qtrade Financial Group's partners include credit unions, banks, trust companies, insurance companies, investment dealers, portfolio managers and financial planning firms. Qtrade Financial Group is backed by Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest cooperative financial group in the world. More information is available at www.qtrade.ca.
About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. 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 led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.
SOURCE Qtrade Financial Group
For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Catherine Wood or WXN Owner and CEO Sherri Stevens, please contact: Sean Kelly, Senior Communications Specialist, Qtrade Financial Group, 778.328.7583, [email protected]; Sarah Fournier/Brooke Kelly, Media Profile, 416.342.1843/416.342.1833, [email protected], [email protected]