The Search for Canada's Most Powerful Women Begins

Women's Executive Network launches nomination phase for annual Awards – announces creation of new scholarship through the WXN Foundation

TORONTO, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The Women's Executive Network (WXN) officially announces the launch of nominations for Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards on International Women's Day, to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women in leadership roles.

The Awards serve to identify leaders and inspire the current and next generations of women and men to push the boundaries and to continue to help break the glass ceiling. Nominations are now open online through May 19, 2017.

"International Women's Day is the perfect time to launch nominations for this year's awards as it serves to remind us of the importance of empowering women, something WXN has been doing for the last 20 years," said Sherri Stevens, CEO of WXN. "Current world events have demonstrated just how far and bumpy a road we have in front of us to ensure gender diversity and equity is achieved in all walks of life. We need to showcase the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress, especially in today's climate."

Through the Top 100 Awards, WXN not only celebrates the achievement of women but also supports several initiatives that promote mentorship and networking opportunities for the next generation of young leaders. Nomination fees from the Awards fund the important work of the WXN Foundation, which provides $100,000 in entrance-level scholarships across the country through its Scholarship Fund, with a focus on Fine Arts, Engineering, Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship.

Thanks to the success of the program, the WXN Foundation is announcing a new scholarship this year — the WXN Strength in Diversity Award for New Canadians. Partnering with Wilfrid Laurier University, this scholarship is designed for new arrivals to Canada who need assistance in pursuing their post-secondary studies and will provide $25,000 in awards over five years.

"The WXN Foundation is critical to the ongoing success of the organization and its mandate to empower young women across the country to pursue their education and advance towards executive roles. This new scholarship is an exciting and important step in advancing that goal to all Canadians," said Stevens.

The WXN Foundation also supports Canadian women by contributing to charitable endeavors that align with WXN's mission and values of equality, community, passion, and integrity. With the support of WXN's partners and members, and funds raised through the Top 100 Awards, more than $230,000 has been generously donated to 250 charitable and not-for-profit organizations. 

About the Top 100 Awards
Presented by KPMG, the Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with recipients selected by an independent advisory board. To date, 939 powerful women have been given this prestigious award. The list of Award Winners is revealed the day prior to the Leadership Summit and Awards Gala, which will take place Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Nominations are accepted for several categories, including recognizing women who are excelling in business, the public sector, within professional associations, the arts and communications arena, entrepreneurs, future leaders and trailblazers breaking new ground.

Previous Award winners include Margaret Atwood, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Arlene Dickinson, Christine Magee, Michaëlle Jean, Heather Reisman and Kathleen Taylor.

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 Women's Executive Network

For further information: To schedule an interview with CEO Sherri Stevens or a Top 100 alumni from your local community, please contact: Patrick Erlich / Georgia Boutsalis, Media Profile, 416-504-8464, /


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