The Women's Executive Network (WXN) recently announced the recipients of 2011 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. The awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country. And the keynote address at this year's awards ceremony was delivered by one of the women on the list: the great Margaret Atwood, who won in the Arts and Communications category.
Another winner was also a recent guest on the show: Canada's privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart won an award for being a Public Sector Leader. Award recipients were selected by an independent advisory board.
In this video, Margaret Atwood tells George about her latest book, 'In Other Worlds':
Here's Jennifer Stoddart on privacy, technology and information:
And the list of Canada's Most Powerful Women in 2011:
Zahra Al-Harazi, Founder and Creative Director, Foundry Communications
Clara Angotti, President, Next Pathway Inc.
Monica Channa, Executive Director, Operations, Akran Marketing
Eveline Charles, Founder, Eveline Charles Salons, Spas and Beauty
Lynne Fafard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Riverbend Group of Companies
Samantha Kennedy, Creator and Chief Executive Officer, Booty Camp Fitness
Margot Micallef, Founder and President, Oliver Capital Partners Inc.
Gloria Rajkumar, President and Chief Executive Officer, SIMAC Canada Inc.
PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERS
Rear Admiral Jennifer Bennett, Commander of the Naval Reserve, Canadian Navy
Karen Branscombe, Superintendent, School District 2, New Brunswick
Janice Charette, Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Affairs, Privy Council Office of Canada
Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail
Dana Hayden, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Government of British Columbia
The Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate
Dr. Lesley Lovett-Doust, President and Vice Chancellor, Nipissing University
Marilyn McLaren, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation
Twyla Meredith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Gail Stephens, City Manager, City of Victoria
Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Marian Zerr, Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services
Shelby Austin, Founder, ATD Legal Services PC
Ashley Hilkewich, Director, Partner Relations and International Operations, Free the Children
Lesley Scorgie, Author, Rich by Thirty and Rich By Forty; Owner, Rich By Inc.
Rumeet Toor, President, Jobs in Education; Founder, The Toor Centre for Teacher Education; and PhD Candidate, The University of Toronto
TRAILBLAZERS AND TRENDSETTERS
Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, Senior Vice President, Information and Technology Management, Vancity; Chief Executive Officer, Inventure Solutions, Vancity Credit Union
Col. Jennie Carignan, Acting Brigade Commander-5th Canadian Brigade- Group, Department of National Defense
Eva Carissimi, Sudbury Smelter Director, Xstrata Nickel
Dr. Fiona Costello, Associate Professor, Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery, Clinician Scientist, Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Susan Doniz, Former Director and Chief Information Officer Research and Development, Product Supply and Sales, Global Beauty and Grooming, Procter and Gamble; Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Aimia
Leslie Gales, President, Midland Group of Companies Inc.
Dr. Anne-Claude Gingras, Principal Investigator, Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Frieda Granot, Senior Associate Dean, Strategic Development and External Relations, Sauder School Of Business, UBC
Dr. Roberta Jamieson, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
Connie Linder, Founder and President, Green Pages Directory Inc.; Co-Founder and Vice President Communications, Polymer Research Technologies
Patricia O'Malley, Chair, Accounting Standards Board
Dr. Arlene Ponting, Chief Executive Officer, Science Alberta Foundation
Vivian Prokop, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Poonam Puri, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Hennick Centre for Business and Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Dr. Jacqueline Shan, Chief Scientific Officer, Afexa Life Sciences
Victoria Sopik, President, Kids & Company Ltd
Constance Sugiyama, Partner, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Milner Casgrain Law
Ilse Treurnicht, Chief Executive Officer, MaRS Discovery District
Brig. Gen. Christine Whitecross, Deputy for the Communication Directorate, International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, NATO
Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, Professor, Native Studies and Director, Aboriginal Business Education Partners, University of Manitoba
Kay Blair, Executive Director, Community MicroSkills Development Centre
Iris Almeida-Côté, President and CEO, Canada World Youth
Fiona Macfarlane, Chief Inclusiveness Officer and Managing Partner, Western Canada, Ernst and Young LLP
Cybele Negris, Co-Founder and President, WebNames.ca
ARTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Nancy Chapelle, Managing Director, Content and Programming, TVO
Margaret Atwood, Author
Christina Jennings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shaftesbury Films Inc.
Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Toronto International Film Festival
Deepa Mehta, Director, Producer and Screenwriter
Mia Pearson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, North Strategic
Heather Shaw, Executive Chair, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Nora Anne Aufreiter, Director, McKinsey & Company Canada
Cindy Forbes, Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, Manulife Financial
Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst and Young LLP
Valerie Mann, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP
Rosemary McCarney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Plan Canada
Dale Ponder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Margaret Ross, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Godyne N.L. Sibay, Partner and member of the McCarthy Board of Partners, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Beth Wilson, Managing Partner, Toronto Office; Canadian Managing Partner, Community Leadership, KPMG
Ava Yaskiel, Partner, Norton Rose OR LLP
Elyse Allan, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Canada
Joey Berdugo- Adler, Chief Executive Officer, Diesel Canada and Founder, ONEXONE
Bonnie Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson's Bay Company
Marie-Claude Boisvert, Chief Operating Officer, Desjardins Venture Capital, Desjardins Group
Lisa Colnett, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Kinross Gold Corporation
Sarah Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Loblaw Companies Limited
Betty DeVita, President, MasterCard Canada
Debra Hewson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Odlum Brown Limited
Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Lynn Jeanniot, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, National Bank
Debra Kelly-Ennis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diageo Canada Inc.
Cheryl Longo, Executive Vice President, Card Products and National Collections, CIBC
Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada
Micheline Martin, Regional President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC
Ellen Moore, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Stacey Mowbray, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Second Cup ltd
Janice Odegaard, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.
Leslie O'Donoghue, Executive Vice President, Operations, Agrium Inc.
Susan Paish, Chief Executive Officer, Pharmasave Drugs Ltd.
Nathalie Pilon, President, Thomas and Betts
Susan Riddell Rose, President and Chief Executive Officer, Perpetual Energy
Mandy Shapansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Canada
Launi Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, First West Credit Union
Connie Stefankiewicz, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO InvestorLine
Kathleen Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Nancy Tower, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Emera Incorporated
Janet Wood, Executive Vice President, Maintenance Go-To-Market, SAP
Dr. Gail Cook-Bennett, Chair of the Board, Manulife Financial
Carol Hansell, Senior Partner, Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP
Catherine McLeod-Seltzer, Chair, Bear Creek Mining and Pacific Rim Mining and Corporate Director, Kinross Gold Corp, Major Drilling, Troon Resources
Mary Mogford, Corporate Director, PotashCorp
Guylaine Saucier, Corporate Director, Bank of Montreal, Areva, Danone and Wendel
Dr. Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business