Fifth annual Top 100 Awards and Summit unveils new Hall of Fame - names Canada's Most Powerful Women in 2007

    TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - The Women's Executive Network (WXN)(TM) will
announce today the winners of the 2007 Canada's Most Powerful Women:
Top 100(TM) while unveiling the Top 100 Hall of Fame at a gala awards Luncheon
and Summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event is co-presented
by Scotiabank Group and Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of
Western Ontario.
    For a full list of 2007 winners and the professional development agenda,
that includes Summit speaker biographies, visit
    "I am thrilled to recognize these women as permanent members of the brand
new Top 100 Hall of Fame today," stated Women's Executive Network Founder
Pamela Jeffery. "The Hall of Fame boasts 44 of Canada's most accomplished
women leaders from across the country and in all sectors. These women have
been named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 at least three times
over the last four years."
    Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation, will set the
tone for the Summit with her keynote breakfast address. The Summit will
include networking with Top 100 award winners and professional development
sessions on topics such as succeeding as a CEO, whether women can "have it
all" and mentoring the next generation of women leaders. The topic of
mentoring reflects the success of the WXNWisdom program launched at last
year's Top 100 which matched 92 Top 100 winners with 92 women over the past
    With 1,200 executives, future leaders and their families and co-workers
in attendance, over 80 of the 100 winners in eight categories will accept
their awards. This year, Mercedes-Benz Canada partnered with WXN to create a
new symbol of excellence to be awarded to winners: a pin designed by DeBeers
award-winning designer Alfredo Alvarez.
    "As WXN celebrates its 10th anniversary and the Top 100 Awards marks five
years of honouring Canada's most influential and powerful women leaders,
Scotiabank is proud to continue its involvement in this career and
community-building event," said Sylvia Chrominska, Executive Vice President,
Human Resources and Public, Corporate and Government Affairs, Scotiabank.
"Scotiabank, too, is dedicated to giving women the opportunity to reach their
fullest potential through participating in events like this that allow them to
grow, advance and celebrate their own success and that of their peers."
    Top 100 winners are recognized in the following categories: Corporate
Executives, Entrepreneurs, Public Sector Leaders, Trailblazers & Trendsetters,
Professionals, Champions, Future Leaders and Arts & Communications. For full
category descriptions and nomination criteria, please visit
Award Winners and Hall of Fame inductees will also be honoured in their own
communities of Vancouver (January 22, 2008), Calgary (February 7) and Montréal
(February 20).
    "Ivey encourages women to pursue careers in business. Supporting the
Top 100 Awards and Summit is important to us since the event celebrates and
showcases the growing impact that women make every day on the most successful
corporate, public and not-for-profit organizations in this country. These
women are role models for us all," said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey
School of Business.
    Other partners of this year's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100
Awards and Summit are Ernst & Young, TELUS, Mercedes-Benz Canada, The Globe
and Mail, Palm Canada, TD Bank Financial Group, Cisco Systems, Korn/Ferry
International, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Andrew's, Miller Dallas and Pt2 Events.

    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 has grown to 10,000 women across Canada in
seven cities who have been invited to join WXN based on their career success.
Members can join us for breakfast, peer mentoring programs and professional
development sessions in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Mississauga, Toronto,
Ottawa and Montréal.

    Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With more than 50,000 employees, Scotiabank
Group and its affiliates serve about 10 million customers in some 50 countries
around the world. Scotiabank offers a diverse range of products and services
including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. Scotiabank
trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York (BNS) Stock Exchanges. For more
information please visit

    The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario
( offers full-time undergraduate (HBA) and graduate degree
programs (MBA, Executive MBA and PhD) in addition to non-degree Executive
Development programs. Ivey has campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and
Hong Kong. Ivey recently redesigned its curriculum to focus on
Cross-Enterprise Leadership - a holistic issues-based approach to management
education that meets the demands of today's complex global business world.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Barry, Public Affairs Manager, The Jeffery
Group, (416) 361-1475 ext. 249,,

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