Women of Influence Luncheon Series Announces Spring Line Up

    Get Inspired Over Lunch

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - In a time of change, challenge and economic
uncertainty, the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series is celebrating
its 15th season. Providing the opportunity for women to get inspired and be
influenced by great success stories, the series launches in high spirit with
two-time Canadian Olympic medalist, Tonya Verbeek on February 10 at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.
    The Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series presents Canada's most
accomplished and influential women sharing stories of professional success,
personal triumph and how they have worked their way to the top. Events are
across six cities - Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and for the
first time this year, Halifax - in an environment conducive to the ongoing
professional and personal advancement of Canadian women in business.
    "The luncheon series provides women with the opportunity to get
inspired," said Carolyn Lawrence, President, Women of Influence Inc. "We
emphasize that the women being honoured in the Series are keen to fill the
gap, and role, of mentors to the growing number of women in the workforce
today. In a survey to our database, "mentors" top the list of most wanted,
least available resource for professional women looking to advance. By
profiling these women of influence, our audience gains access to a valuable
and inspiring resource; successful women."
    The luncheon series was originally launched in 1994 and has since
profiled over 150 accomplished Canadian women - among them Belinda Stronach,
Christine Day, Debbie Travis and Heather Reisman - and inspired over 100,000
attendees through its unique program.
    In addition to Tonya Verbeek in Toronto on February 10th, speaking about
"Living the Dream", other top influential female speakers already lined up for
the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon series across the country in 2009

    -   Christiane Germain, Co-President & CEO, Groupe Germain, in Montreal
        February 24th, "Serving Success"
    -   Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton
        University in Ottawa, February 27th, "Balancing Act"
    -   Bonnie DuPont, Group Vice President, Corporate Resources,
        Enbridge Inc. in Calgary, March 3rd, "Transforming People into
    -   Arlene Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, Venture Communication Ltd.
        in Toronto, April 3rd, "Market Yourself for Success"
    -   Sue Paish, Chief Executive Officer, Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd.
        in Vancouver, April 21st, "Getting Well and Doing Well"
    -   Isabelle Marcoux, Vice Chair of the Board and Vice President,
        Corporate Development, Transcontinental Inc. in Montreal, April 23rd,
        "Balancing it All"
    -   Carol Burch, Global Senior Vice President, SAP in Calgary,
        April 29th, "Scaling to Success"
    -   Caryn Lerner, President & CEO, Holt Renfrew & Co., Limited in Ottawa,
        May 13th, "Passion for Retail"
    -   Bonnie Brooks, President & CEO, the Bay, Hudson's Bay Company in
        Toronto, June 10th, "True Passion Never Goes Out of Style"

    Many Canadian companies are proving they recognize the value of
supporting and promoting their female executives, and as such have become
partners of the Women of Influence Luncheon series. For 2009, these include
the following national sponsors: Deloitte, Bell, Queen's School of Business,
Jones New York, Chubb Insurance, Verity, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business
Magazine, and more.
    To attend the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, guests may
register online at www.womenofinfluence.ca or by calling: Toronto (416)
923-1688, Montreal (514) 521-8700 or Toll Free: 1 (800) 354-3303.

    About Women of Influence Inc.

    Women of Influence Inc. is an event and marketing communications firm
that has been specializing in speaking to professional women since 1994.
Created to fulfill the needs of the Canadian business women, Women of
Influence Inc. produces a series of events focused on creating opportunities
for women to inspire and guide each other towards success. Such events include
the Women of Influence Golf Tournament, Young Women of Influence Evening
Series and the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards.

For further information:

For further information: or interview requests contact: Carolyn
Lawrence, President, Women of Influence Inc., E:
clawrence@womenofinfluenceinc.ca, P: (416) 923-1688, C: (416)567-1201

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