Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2008 named

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) recently announced the winners of the 2008 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100â„¢. The network also welcomed eight new inductees into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

Among the top 10 winners for 2008 were columnist Christie Blatchford; The Honourable Louise Arbour, Former High Commissioner for Human Rights; Magna co-vice chair Belinda Stronach; Mary Jo Haddad, president & CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children; Cynthia Devine, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer Finance, Tim Hortons Inc; Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell Former Prime Minister of Canada; Hon. Margaret McCain, Former Lt. Gov. of New Brunswick; Rt. Hon. And Beverly McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada Supreme Court of Canada. Visit for a full list of 2008.

The event was co-presented by Scotiabank and the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

“We are currently facing uncertain economic times,” states Women’s Executive Network founder
Pamela Jeffery. “But at WXN, we are seeing that women remain committed to ongoing professional development and moving their careers forward – perhaps now more than ever. I believe this is partially due to the inspiration of the amazing women we are honouring today.”

Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees will also be honoured in their own communities of Vancouver (January 27), Calgary (February 3), and Montréal (February 19).

“WXN has been committed to professional development and celebrating Canada’s most  influential and powerful women leaders for more than 10 years, and Scotiabank is proud to continue its involvement with WXN and this career and community-building event,” says Sylvia Chrominska, group head, gobal human resources & communications, Scotiabank. “Scotiabank, too, is dedicated to giving women the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. Participating in events like this allows them to grow, advance and celebrate their own success and that of their peers.”

“Ivey encourages women to pursue careers in business. With the increasing complexity of business requiring an approach that spans the enterprise, it’s important and exciting to celebrate the growing impact that these business leaders make every day at the most successful corporate, public and not-for-profit organizations in this country. These women are role models for us all,” said Larry Wynant, acting dean, Richard Ivey School of Business.

Other partners of this year’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and Summit are TELUS, The Globe and Mail, KPMG, Cisco, Transcontinental, Mercedes-Benz, Xstrata Nickel, TD Bank Financial Group, Enbridge, Korn/Ferry International, Palm, Inc., National Bank Financial Group, TransCanada, Pt2 Events, AVW-TELAV, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, and DHR Executive Search.

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Since 1997, WXN has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the growing number of female managers and executives across Canada. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of women leaders. For more information, visit