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Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

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.


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


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,


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