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    Dear Friends,

    The tougher things get in these unprecedented times, the more we all need a strong community to inspire, encourage and offer advice. IWFC's Facebook page, your virtual clubhouse, is uniquely positioned to do just that. If you haven't checked it out, there's no better time than now to find out what you've been missing.

    Some of us have been avoiding Facebook on principle, for reasons we all understand. But now more than ever, it's a great tool for keeping us connected. Through IWFC's Facebook page, we just hosted our first virtual Wine Wednesday. Together, we proved we can amuse and inform one another without leaving our homes. If you're not yet a member of the group, here are five reasons why it could be your lifeline during the pandemic:

    • Information you can trust on staying safe
    • A place to ask for help
    • A place to offer help and leadership if you're able
    • A way to convene around pressing issues
    • A place for friendship and fun during isolation

    Our Facebook group has already evolved from a bulletin board for news about our members to a virtual sisterhood for members facing challenges they couldn't have imagined until now. When one of us needed to get her ill dog to the vet during social isolation, the Facebook group was there. We want to be there for you too as the group evolves to be whatever you need it to be throughout this crisis--in real-time. 

    We are stronger together than we are apart, even in isolation. We can share more ideas and have more laughs. Our next Wine Wednesday is March 25 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm EST and we'd love to have you with us. Our plan is to do them every Wednesday while social distancing or isolation is required. Watch our Facebook page for details. Never socialized on Zoom before? We're standing by to get you started.

    Françoise E. Lyon, President




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    Chères amies,

    En ce moment sans précédent, plus les choses deviennent difficiles, plus nous avons besoin d’une communauté forte pour nous inspirer, s’encourager et partager des conseils. Le groupe Facebook de IWFC est parfaitement placé pour ce faire. Si vous n’avez pas encore tenter l’expérience, le moment est venu de voir ce que vous avez manqué jusqu’ici.

    Je comprends que beaucoup d’entre nous avions de bonnes raisons d’éviter Facebook, par principe. Mais maintenant, plus que jamais, il s’agit d’un excellent outil de rassemblement. À travers le groupe Facebook, nous venons, la semaine dernière, de convertir le « Wine Wednesday » qui existait à Calgary et à Toronto à travers le Canada virtuellement sur Zoom. Ensemble, nous avons prouvé que nous pouvons nous amuser et nous informer les unes les autres sans quitter nos foyers. Si vous n’êtes pas encore membre du groupe, voici cinq bonnes raisons pour lesquelles il peut devenir votre rayon d’espoir au cours de cette pandémique.

    • Des informations sûres pour vous aider à demeurer en sécurité
    • Un endroit où demander de l’aide si vous en avez besoin
    • Un lieu où offrir une entraide et un leadership si vous êtes en mesure de le faire
    • Une façon de se réunir autour de questions pressantes
    • Un lieu d’amitié et de plaisir pour contrer l’isolement

    Notre groupe Facebook, jadis un endroit où échanger de nos nouvelles, est devenu une source de solidarité entre nous, une façon d’appuyer nos membres qui font face à des défis qu’elles n’auraient pu imaginer jusqu’ici. Lorsque l’une d’entre nous avait besoin d’envoyer son chien chez le vétérinaire au cours d’une quarantaine, le groupe Facebook a fourni une solution. Nous souhaitons vous accompagner aussi alors que le groupe évolue pour palier à vos besoins tout au long de cette crise—en temps réel.

    Nous sommes plus fortes ensembles que seules, même en isolation. Nous pouvons partager plus d’idées et rire plus souvent ensemble. Notre prochain Apéro-Vidéo aura lieu mercredi le 25 mars de 17h30 à 18h30, heure de l’est. Nous prévoyons les tenir chaque mercredi tant et aussi longtemps que nous serons contraintes à la distanciation sociale ou la quarantaine.  Surveillez notre groupe Facebook pour plus d’informations. Si vous ne vous êtes jamais servi de Zoom à des fins sociales, nous somme prêtes à vous appuyer pour démarrer votre participation.

    Françoise E. Lyon, Presidente

  • COVID-19  ANNOUNCEMENT 


    We are living in unprecedented times. Due to the widespread outbreak of COVID-19, organizations are navigating circumstances and making decisions aligned with global and local authorities. Since our last email, various countries have declared a state of emergency and increased the number of travel bans for their citizens.

    The safety and health of our members is our foremost priority. To that end, the Executive Committee of the IWF Board has decided to CANCEL the upcoming Cornerstone Conference in London. Our goal has always been to keep IWF a vibrant and sustainable organization, and this decision has been made in the best interest of each member.

    Registration fees will be fully refunded by IWF within the next two weeks. You will need to contact the hotel separately and cancel your reservation, as it is not linked to conference registration. Please inform your guests of this development.

    I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank the IWF UK for their tireless work and tremendous effort over the past two years to create a wonderful program for us all. In particular, I would like to recognize co-chairs Julie Goldstein and Marty Wikstrom for their leadership, commitment and dedication to make what would surely have been a magnificent event. This is a major disappointment for all involved in so many ways and hopefully, we will be able to make up for it along the way.

    In the coming weeks, we will follow up with you about some new programming that we can share virtually to connect as a global organization.

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie or Heath at IWF Headquarters. These are unusual times, and in true IWF fashion, we stand together as leaders, supportive and kind.

    In the meantime, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

    With warm regards,
    Deborah Shannon Trudeau
    IWF President

  •     (Left to Right: Françoise E. Lyon, IWFC President, Deborah Trudeau, IWF President (Montreal Chapter), 
    Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (Toronto Chapter) and Shirley Dawe (Toronto Chapter)

     

    Shirley Dawe has been a part of IWF since 2002. Early involvement led her to the Toronto chapter chair from 2004-2006. From there, she launched a successful three-year task force on forum governance, which was followed by putting her stamp on the IWF Canada president job from 2009-2011. At the Global level, she’s been involved in several committees of the Board, notably in revising the By-Laws of IWF and the Leadership Foundation.

    Active in business since her early 20s, Shirley uses her five decades of experience and wisdom about leadership and governance to help others make positive changes. IWF Canada created the Circle of Luminaries in 2015 to honour members like Shirley, who have consistently engaged with the organization at every level. In recognition of her dedication to the highest standards of process and partnership development, Shirley is the 2019 Luminary inductee. READ MORE


    Shirley Dawe fait partie d’IWF depuis 2002. Sa participation active l’a menée à la présidence de la section de Toronto de 2004 à 2006. Elle a par la suite lancé avec succès un groupe de travail de trois ans sur la gouvernance des forums, puis a été nommée présidente d’IWF Canada, poste qu’elle a occupée de 2009 à 2011. Au niveau mondial, elle a été impliquée dans plusieurs comités du conseil d’administration, notamment dans la révision des statuts et règlements internes d’IWF et de la Fondation pour le leadership.

    Active dans le milieu des affaires depuis sa jeune vingtaine, Shirley met aujourd’hui à profit ses cinq décennies d’expérience et d’expertise en matière de leadership et de gouvernance pour aider les autres à opérer des changements positifs. En 2015 , IWF Canada a créé le Cercle des luminaires  dans le but d’honorer des membres qui, comme Shirley, se sont activement engagées dans les activités de l’organisation, à tous les niveaux. En reconnaissance de son dévouement à appliquer les normes les plus élevées en matière de développement de processus et de partenariats, Shirley a été choisie comme membre intronisée au Cercle des luminaires pour l’année 2019.


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  • Dear Friends,

    This Spring your Executive launched a national research program to support our work in revisiting our Forum strategy and to ensure we are providing a compelling member experience.  We also wanted to ensure that you had every opportunity to participate and we were listening to as many voices and perspectives as possible. 

    The first phase was a national e-survey.  Over 50 per cent of you completed it.  You care. A lot.  Today, I want to share with you what you told us and what we, as your Executive, will be doing in response.   We heard you. I would also like to thank again member Anne Miner and her company The Dunvegan Group for sponsoring the survey and supporting with her expertise.

    First, below is a sample of some of the substantive highlights from the e-survey.

    Members Enjoy Being with Members

    • Nine out of 10 joined to be “part of a group of Top Women Leaders from Diverse Backgrounds”
    • More than half joined to “Advance Women’s Leadership’, for “Business Networking” to be part of a “Congenial Peer Group” and for “New Perspectives”
    • Members value the opportunity to “develop friendships” and for “business networking” particularly at the Chapter level
    • Chapter programming, Chapter networking and Chapter friendships rank at the top of the list followed by Conferences: Canada Connects, World Leadership and Cornerstone.
    • Members who attend world conferences are the more mature contingent and are generally more active, aware and engaged with the organization.

    Our Members are a Mature Group

    • 74% are 55 years of age or over
    • 52% in career maintenance (16%) or legacy building (36%) mode
    • 23% are retired

    Members who are Working:

    • About 32 % are organizational executives and 29% are self-employed
    • 47% work in private, for profit companies
    • One in five works in public, for profit companies 18% or not for profit organizations 17%

    The Majority of our Members Believe We need to Revisit the Current IWF Canada Strategy

    • Only one in three believe IWF Canada's membership reflects the Canadian community of senior women leaders
    • 48% of current members indicate they are unlikely to nominate someone for membership and many believe there are significant obstacles to nomination – value, time required, criteria, process
    • 61 % would like to see the “Members on Boards” initiative relaunched
    • 78 % see a role for IWF Canada in mentoring, sponsoring or developing young women
    • 68 % believe that IWF Canada has a role in contributing to the public discourse concerning the advancement of women.
    • 49 % believe that IWF Canada has a role in acting as an Advocate publicly

    Four in 10 members would like to see IWF Canada “Advance Women’s Leadership" by:

    • Collaborating with other organizations
    • Advocating on agreed issues
    • Establishing a “thought leadership” position
    • Developing a higher external profile

    Our Five-Pillar Response

    The full e-survey results are available on the IWF Canada website in the “Members’ Only” area.   I invite you to read through them in detail and discuss them with other members and within your Chapter.  In response to this feedback your Executive has committed to the following five-pillar response in 2020:  

    1. Expanded and meaningful inclusion - reflecting the entire community of Canadian senior women leaders; present in recruiting, onboarding, membership criteria, etc.
    2. Improved member experience – onboarding,  community-making, maintaining unique offer compared to other organizations
    3. Increased visibility – externally and internally for members, external advocacy as an organization
    4. Commitment to delivering exciting programming – pertinent, interesting, appropriate to appeal to our specific audience including mentoring and areas of interest to support younger women/future leaders.
    5. Continued enhancement of communications – ongoing, consistent, bilingual communications to create greater alignment and engagement including clear policies and guidelines

    Leslie Quinton,  Montreal member, as IWF Canada Vice President will be championing the development and execution of our renewed strategy with my support and that of the entire board.  Our complete strategy and implementation plan will be communicated in more detail in the new year.  If you wish to work with Leslie on this exciting initiative, please contact her directly at lesliequinton@gmail.com.

    Building on the tremendous engagement with the e-survey, the next phase of our national research program is Chapter member consultations.   The pilot consultation was completed in Halifax by our Atlantic Chapter on December 2, 2019 and the remaining Chapter consultations will take place in the new year.   Stay tuned for the invitation locally.  Please come and have your say.   

    The Membership Committee will also be interviewing select current and former Members moving forward to gather their input into how we continue to be a vibrant Forum.  We look forward to reporting the results of these research initiatives in the coming months and how they will inform our renewed strategy. Both the Chapter consultations and the member interviews will feed into the strategy and implementation plan I have asked Leslie to lead. 

    The national research program is a collaboration between national Communications and Membership. If you would like to participate directly in the research program please contact Marion MacKenzie marionmackenzie@sympatico.ca, Communications Chair or Donna Harris, donnajharris10@gmail.com, Membership Chair.

    This year has been a tremendous one for IWF Canada.  A thoughtful and enthusiastic member embrace of our research program which will ensure our Forum remains vibrant.  This was followed by an incredibly successful November global conference in Toronto supported by the entire organization.  In 2020, we will reintroduce our national “Canada Connects” conference that will bring all Canadian members together again.  Global will also be launching some new initiatives, consistent with your feedback, that I look forward to sharing shortly. 

    Best wishes for the holiday season and I look forward to having the opportunity to meet each of you in 2020.

    Françoise Lyon, President



     


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    Chères amies,

    Le printemps dernier, notre comité de direction a lancé, à l’échelle nationale, un programme de recherche visant à soutenir la refonte de la stratégie de notre Forum et à garantir à nos membres une expérience des plus enrichissantes et des plus attrayantes. L’objectif était également de veiller à ce que chacune d’entre vous ait la chance de faire entendre sa voix et, du même coup, de recueillir le plus grand nombre de commentaires et de points de vue possible.

    La première phase du programme consistait en un sondage national déployé en ligne. Plus de 50 % d’entre vous y ont répondu! Nous sommes heureuses de voir à quel point notre Forum vous tient à cœur. Aujourd’hui, je veux partager avec vous les commentaires que vous nous avez transmis et ce que votre comité de direction s’engage à faire en contrepartie. Soyez sans crainte, nous vous avons entendues. Je voudrais également remercier à nouveau notre membre Anne Miner et son entreprise, The Dunvegan Group, d’avoir parrainé le sondage et apporté son soutien et son expertise.

    Vous trouverez ci-dessous un échantillon de quelques-uns des faits saillants du sondage en ligne.

    Les membres aiment se retrouver entre elles  

    • Neuf membres sur dix se sont jointes au Forum pour faire « partie d’un groupe de femmes leaders de haut calibre venant d’horizons divers ».
    • Plus de la moitié des membres se sont jointes au Forum pour « faire avancer le leadership au féminin », pour « faire du réseautage d’affaires », pour faire partie d’un « groupe de pairs convivial » ou pour explorer « de nouvelles perspectives ».
    • Les membres aiment que le Forum leur donne l’occasion de « nouer des amitiés » et de « prendre part à des activités de réseautage d’affaires », en particulier au niveau de leur section.
    • La programmation d’événements, le réseautage et les amitiés nouées au sein des sections arrivent en tête de liste des raisons pour lesquelles les répondantes ont choisi d’être membres, suivis de près par les conférences : Canada Connects, la Conférence internationale sur le leadership et Cornerstone.
    • Les membres qui assistent aux conférences mondiales forment le contingent le plus mature et sont généralement les plus actives et les plus impliquées au sein de l’organisation.

    Nos membres forment un groupe d’âge « mûr »

    • 74 % des membres ont 55 ans ou plus.
    • 52 % des membres sont soit au stade « maintien de la carrière » (16 %) ou au stade « constitution d’un legs/passation des savoirs » (36 %).
    • 23 % des membres sont retraitées.

    Les membres qui travaillent

    • Environ 32 % de nos membres sont des dirigeantes organisationnelles et 29 % des travailleuses autonomes.
    • 47 % de nos membres œuvrent dans des entreprises privées à but lucratif.
    • Une membre sur cinq travaille dans le secteur public (18 %) ou dans des organisations à but non lucratif (17 %).

    La majorité de nos membres estiment que nous devons revoir la stratégie actuelle d’IWFC

    • Seulement une répondante sur trois pense que les membres d’IWF Canada reflètent bien la communauté canadienne des femmes dirigeantes.
    • 48 % des membres actuelles ont indiqué qu’il est peu probable qu’elles nomment une personne comme membre potentielle, et beaucoup pensent qu’il y a des obstacles importants à la nomination – cotisation, temps requis, critères, processus…
    • 61 % des membres souhaiteraient relancer l’initiative « Members on Boards ».
    • 78 % croient qu’IWF Canada doit jouer un rôle dans le mentorat, le parrainage ou le développement des jeunes femmes.
    • 68 % croient qu’IWF Canada doit contribuer au discours public concernant l’avancement des femmes.
    • 49 % pensent qu’IWF Canada doit agir publiquement en tant que défenseur de l’avancement des femmes.

    Quatre membres sur 10 aimeraient voir IWF Canada faire progresser le leadership féminin en:

    • collaborant avec d’autres organisations;
    • prenant position sur des questions importantes mutuellement convenues;
    • faisant preuve de leadership éclairé et en stimulant la réflexion;
    • de l’organisation.l’extérieur plus forte à présence une assurant

    LES CINQ PILLIERS DE NOTRE RÉPONSE

    Vous pouvez consulter les résultats complets du sondage sur le site Web d’IWF Canada, dans la section réservée aux membres. Je vous invite à les lire en détail et à en discuter avec les autres membres, plus particulièrement au sein de votre section. Pour donner suite à cette rétroaction, votre comité de direction s’est engagé à répondre aux cinq piliers suivants en 2020:

    1. Favoriser une inclusion plus grande et plus significative – mieux refléter l’ensemble de la communauté des cadres supérieures canadiennes dans le recrutement, l’intégration, les critères d’adhésion, etc.
    2. Améliorer l’expérience des membres – intégration, création d’une communauté/sentiment d’appartenance, maintien d’une offre unique par rapport à d’autres organisations, etc.
    3. Accroître la visibilité – en externe et en interne pour les membres ; plaidoyer externe en tant qu’organisation.
    4. Offrir une programmation captivante – proposer à notre public cible du contenu et des événements pertinents, intéressants et appropriés, y compris du mentorat et d’autres activités visant à soutenir les jeunes femmes/futures leaders.
    5. Améliorer nos communications de façon continue – assurer des communications constantes, cohérentes et bilingues pour créer un meilleur alignement et engagement, y compris des politiques et des lignes directrices claires.

    En tant que vice-présidente d’IWFC, Leslie Quinton (membre de Montréal) veillera à l’élaboration et à l’exécution de notre stratégie actualisée et pourra compter sur mon soutien et celui de l’ensemble du conseil d’administration. Les détails de notre stratégie et de notre plan de mise en œuvre vous seront communiqués au cours de la nouvelle année. Si vous souhaitez collaborer avec Leslie sur cette initiative passionnante, veuillez la contacter par courriel à l’adresse suivante: lesliequinton@gmail.com.

    S’appuyant sur l’énorme succès du sondage en ligne, la prochaine phase de notre programme national de recherche consistera à consulter les membres des différentes sections. La première consultation a été complétée par notre section de l’Atlantique à Halifax, le 2 décembre dernier, et les autres consultations auront lieu au cours de la nouvelle année. Nous vous enverrons une invitation sous peu – restez à l’affût! Nous vous encourageons vivement à participer aux consultations ; il s’agit d’une belle occasion de partager vos impressions.   

    Le comité d’adhésion procédera également à des entrevues avec certaines membres actuelles et anciennes d’IWF Canada afin de recueillir leurs idées quant aux moyens que nous pouvons employer pour demeurer un forum dynamique. Nous sommes impatientes de vous faire connaître, au cours des prochains mois, les résultats de ces rencontres ainsi que la façon dont ils aiguilleront notre nouvelle stratégie et le plan de mise en œuvre menés à ma demande par Leslie.

    Le programme de recherche est une collaboration entre les comités nationaux des communications et de l’adhésion. Si vous souhaitez vous impliquer directement, veuillez contacter Marion MacKenzie, présidente du comité des communications (marionmackenzie@sympatico.ca), ou Donna Harris, présidente du comité de l’adhésion (donnajharris10@gmail.com). 

    Cette année a été formidable pour IWF Canada, et la réponse enthousiaste de nos membres à l’égard de notre programme de recherche témoigne de la pérennité et du dynamisme de notre Forum. Cette participation fait également suite à la formidable conférence mondiale qui s’est tenue en novembre, à Toronto, et qui n’aurait pas connu un tel succès sans le soutien concerté de toute l’organisation. En 2020, nous réintroduirons notre conférence nationale, Canada Connects, qui réunira sous un même toit l’ensemble des membres canadiennes. Le Forum international, qui a tenu compte de vos commentaires, lancera également de nouvelles initiatives, que je vous partagerai sous peu.

    • En cette période des Fêtes, je vous offre à toutes mes meilleurs vœux, et j’ai hâte d’avoir l’occasion de rencontrer chacune de vous en 2020.

      Françoise Lyon, présidente

     

  • SAVE THE DATES!
    Canada Connects Conference

     

    IWFC Edmonton is hosting the bi-annual Canada Connects conference June 18 to 20, 2020 with the theme Accelerating Intelligence.

    As the acceleration of technology adoption continues to escalate, it is paramount that human creativity and innovation continue to excel in the face of evolutionary artificial intelligence (AI). How humanity stewards this era will impact the future balance of how we live, learn, work and play.

    Keynote speaker is Chris Shipley, San Francisco-based writer, analyst, commentator, and strategist. Chris has tracked the technology industry for more than 25 years. She is co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, a technology services firm focusing exclusively on early-stage technology ventures. She will be releasing her co-authored book in April 2020 Adaption Advantage which offers an empowering alternative to the bleak messages often spread when people consider the future of employment.

    More information to follow!



  • As the year’s end is upon us, I am reflecting on those who have helped to shape our association. Heartfelt thanks to each and everyone one of you.

    It’s been quite a year for us all! Hosting the world in Toronto; an extensive national and international membership survey; and strategic planning at the Canadian and global level. I feel so much gratitude for the collective of members who pulled together tirelessly to deliver on all these initiatives in such a spectacular manner. We definitely embody the local to global, and global to  local mission of IWF!

    Françoise E. Lyon, IWF Canada President


    Note: Our office will close on Tuesday, December 24 at 12 noon and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • We can’t believe it has been three weeks since we had the opportunity to see so many of you and enjoy your friendship, warmth, and wisdom. What an honour to have had 280 delegates from across Canada and the BC Forum join us on this adventure and help us to deliver what was one of the most memorable conferences of all time.

    Since the closing gala, we’ve heard from so many of you! We truly appreciate your gratitude and taking the time to share your stories. It means the world to both of us.

    Thanks to all of you, 1,100 delegates from 34 countries now know firsthand the warmth of Canadian hospitality. Remarkably, many were delighted that we had specially arranged snow for them!

    When we list the highlights – from the Opening ceremony, which was spectacular, to the meticulously curated Behind the Scenes, the perfectly executed Dine Arounds (with the most fantastic food, ever), the breakfast with our indigenous leaders, and the closing Hall of Fame gala – not to mention the pop-up shops and the unbelievable gifts: the shawls, gloves, and hats, the outstanding gift bags, the wine, the cookbooks, the aprons – and so much more. It was all so extraordinary, and we are beholden to you and our sponsors for the unwavering support of our efforts.

    For all who participated in any way, we hope that you carry warm memories of Open Minds, World Leadership 2019 into a New Year of IWF.

    Sharon London Liss and Lisa Borsook

  • There are only a handful of spaces left for the OpenMinds 2019 Conference. Currently, more than 995 members from 53 forums around the world have registered! Some of the 17 amazing Behind the Scenes are already SOLD OUT. If you still intend to register, don’t delay! REGISTER TODAY

  • Based on current registration (now more than 950 and anticipating 1,000), we will need additional hosts for the Dine Arounds on November 14.  Many of you are already hosting in your homes or clubs and we’re thrilled. Now we are also looking for hosts, as we’ve secured additional dining rooms at condo party rooms, clubs, and other similar locations.

    Given the need for more venues, we’ve widened the radius from the hotel to 12 km. If you are able to host in your home, a condo party room, a corporate dining room, or a club that you belong to, we’d love to hear from you! We’ve engaged an excellent caterer, Food Dudes, to provide meals and wines. All you need to do is set your table for groups of 8 to 12!
    We appreciate everything you’re doing to make this conference a wonderful experience for all attendees! To assist, contact Brenda Bbrown0205@gmail.com or Judi cohen.judi@gmail.com

  • The Communications and the Membership Committees and Executive would like to thank everyone for participating in the ongoing research initiatives. More than half of you completed the e-survey, which is a great uptake.  Stay tuned for Chapter engagement sessions, which will be underway in the coming weeks.

  • When you have some rare down time, do you find yourself checking your Facebook feed? Well, great news! Building on the success of Facebook pages started by Toronto, Montreal, and Atlantic, we’re pleased to announce a single, national IWF Facebook group.

    This informal way to connect has three goals: to celebrate successes and news of our members across Canada, to share news and information that is in keeping with the objectives and values of IWFC, and to build more opportunities for networking and sharing. The page will be interactive and open to all members, with administrators from every chapter encouraged to share local news.

    The sign-up process is simple: use this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/705327026291802/ to join. You may also simply search for the IWFC group in the Facebook search field.  Invite your IWFC friends to join too.  Looking forward to seeing you online!

  • World Leadership Conference  "OPEN MINDS" November 13-15, 2019 in Toronto

    Register now and help us set a National attendance record!

    IWF Canada’s goal is to have the highest number of members from all chapters attend our Conference. Registrations were opened last week and more than 300 members from 53 forums around the world have already registered! The theme “Open Minds” has definitely struck a chord with women leaders from around the world. Some of the "Behind the Scenes" are already full, so in order to avoid disappointment, you should register early.

    To make reaching our National registration goal fun and competitive, we have an exciting contest to announce: The chapter with the highest percentage of member registrations will win an extraordinary gift from Cabot Links--a two-night stay and eight rounds of golf in one of the World’s Top Courses nestled on the coast of Cape Breton, N.S. A $7,000 value! Check out the Cabot Links website HERE.  Thanks to the Atlantic Chapter for securing this superb incentive!

    The winning Canadian chapter can auction the prize off, with the funds to be used at the chapter’s discretion. We will provide a regular tally of member registrations per chapter. So go ahead and register now HERE!

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon EMAIL or Lisa EMAIL. Working together as Canadian members, we will make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • It is hard to believe that my four years as Vice President and President has come to an end. I will remain actively engaged through the balance of the year turning more personal time and attention to helping our Conference co-chairs where needed. I leave our membership in the very, very capable hands  of Françoise Lyon, who has been serving as Vice President with me during my tenure. So many of you know Françoise and her commitment to all aspects of IWF at the Montreal Chapter level having served at that Chapter’s Chair, on the Global Board as the Chair of the Fellows Foundation and in her role on the National Board. It has been an honor to serve our membership and be a part of a Board transformation that has produced a compelling strategic plan that helps to execute our IWFC mission: Thank you all for the support over these years. -- Ellen

  • Calgary Chapter

    Food, flair, and great conversation
    More than 35 guests and members of IWF Calgary enjoyed a special evening in May organized by Glenbow Board Member and IWF Member, Terry Allen. The exhibition featured exquisite gowns and daytime apparel, perfumes, and accessories - all from the first ten years of the House of Dior (1947–1957), when Christian Dior himself designed the pieces. It explores the construction of Dior’s designs to understand how the House reinvented modern dressmaking by reviving forgotten historical skills and fusing them with unprecedented designs, cuts, and materials.


    Fireside chat with new U.S. Consul General

    After learning that Lucia Piazza, the new U.S. Consul General, was a recent graduate of the IWF Leadership Fellowship program, 
    Michèle Stanners invited her to meet Calgary IWF members. In April, Lucia was interviewed in a fireside chat by Dr. Brenda Kenny. She shared a vivid picture of her career in the State Department with a focus on women's leadership. In simple but profound initiatives, she’s found ways to make a lasting difference while respecting cultural norms and restrictions in specific countries.


    Waterloo Chapter



    Dine-Arounds are a popular event in Waterloo every spring and fall. An April event included (left to right): Amy Schlueter, Jane Adams, Machelle Denison, Rosa Lupo, Sarah Shortreed, Stacey Rous, Linda Fabi, Ginny Dybenko (host), Anne Miner, and Julie Barker-Merz. In addition to sharing about each other, conversation focused on strategies to enrich and expand membership, as well as how to get more out of chapter activities. The fall Dine-Around is scheduled for October 24th, 2019.


    Atlantic Chapter



    February 2019 marked the five-year mid-point of the work Nova Scotians are undertaking to address their demographics and economic future. IWF Atlantic members attended a lively breakfast update on shared progress toward the 19 Goals identified by the One Nova Scotia Commission. The presentation and Q&A was co-led by Don Bureaux, Chair of One Nova Scotia and President of NSCC, Laura Lee Langley, Deputy Minister of the Office of the Premier and Head of the Public Service, and Duff Montgomerie, Deputy Minister, Department of Labour & Advanced Education. Pictured left to right: Christine Hanson, Don Bureaux, Anna Stuart, Barbara Pike, Dale Godsoe, Ava Czapalay, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, Marion MacKenzie, Laura Lee Langley, Maureen Reid, Kendra MacDonald, Ann Divine, Candace Thomas, Pamela Scott-Crace, Duff Montgomerie.


    Toronto Chapter





     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Last year, several IWF Toronto members attended the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) conference when it was in Toronto. This past April, former Toronto member Hèlène Marie Gosselin received an honorary doctorate from RAI University at the WEF conference held in Delhi. RAI University has campuses in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Gujarat. The honour was conferred “in recognition of outstanding contribution to women’s empowerment and inspirational leadership.” She also received the All Ladies League of India “Award of the Decade in Innovation & Leadership” at the closing ceremony.

  • Deborah Trudeau is only the second Canadian to be appointed President of IWF International. She’s served as chair of the Montreal chapter (2008-2011) and president of IWF Canada (2011-2013) and then onto the International Board for six years. She first joined in 2002. As a business owner with frequent travel, she found IWF a great way to get out of her corporate cocoon and meet amazing women she would not have met otherwise. “The connectivity of IWF is very powerful and rewarding,” she says. As IWF global president, she’s focused on enhancing that connectivity through new programs and initiatives bringing local to the global and global to local...READ MORE

     

  • In April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

  • Martha “Martie” Russel (pictured above left) brings her signature blend of warmth, compassion, and drive to everything she does. An award-winning volunteer, healthcare entrepreneur, and fundraiser, Martie puts caring for others at the core of her leadership. In 2005, she joined IWF Toronto and has been attending Cornerstone and International Conferences from the beginning. For her, those events are sacrosanct time in her annual schedule. Not surprisingly, she’s humble about being the originator of the IWF scarf, now a hit with delegates from Melbourne to Barcelona. For members who treasure the one-of-a-kind, silk-charmeuse memory of world travels and IWF sisterhood, you have Martie to thank... READ MORE

  • Is your company in a position to become a sponsor? Please contact Sharon London Liss (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Lisa Borsook (lborsook@weirfoulds.comor Shirley Dawe (shirley@shirleydawe.com)

    The Dine-Around Committee is searching for 20 more locations. If your home is located within a 20-minute radius of the Westin Harbour Castle or if you know of a private dining room within that vicinity, please contact Judi Cohen (cohen.judi@gmail.com), Brenda Brown (bbrown0205@gmail.comor Martha Russel (martha.russel@gmail.com).  For non-residents, there are creative ways in which you might still be able to host – a private club, a sister’s home, or even an Airbnb!

    For leads on Pop-Up Shops and Gift Bags, please contact  Pat Tremaine  (pat@tmiprojects.comand Donna Harris (donnajharris10@gmail.com).

    Conference Cookbook - The conference committee is creating a cookbook that highlights Canadian cuisine as a gift for each delegate. Collecting the recipes, testing them, and compiling the book will have to happen quickly. We’re looking for six recipes per chapter to showcase local flavour. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share, or can you get a recipe from a renowned restaurateur with photos? We are almost at our deadline, so please connect quickly if you have something to share! Please contact Sharon (sharon@sharonlondonliss.com), Karen Seward (karen.beverley.adams@gmail.com) or Lisa Lyons (Lisa.lyons@corusent.com)

    To get involved in any other way, don’t hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa. Working together as Canadian members, we can make this World Leadership Conference outstanding!

  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (Atlantic) has been named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women's Executive Network (WXN). Eleanor Chiu (Calgary) won the Organizational Diversity Award at the 22nd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards. Agnes Di Leonardi (Toronto) received the Order of Canada, our country's highest civilian honour for service to the nation.  Honourary degrees were conferred on Kim Sturgess, Marie Delorme and Aritha van Herk (Calgary), who was also named to the Order of Canada.

    Mary D'Alton (Waterloo) was appointed Executive Director of the Cowan Foundation. Karen Furneaux (Atlantic), a three-time Olympian, was honoured by the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Chris Hornberger (Atlantic) has received her Certified Executive Coach designation from Royal Roads University. Brenda Kenny (Calgary) is the new Board Chair of Alberta Innovates. Jane Klugman (Waterloo) is the first woman appointed as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. Kendra MacDonald (Atlantic) is the first CEO for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

    Sheila O’Brien (Calgary) was appointed Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator.  Karen Redman (Waterloo) was elected chair of Waterloo Regional Council in October 2018. Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Calgary) was awarded the 2018 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award. Janice Rubin (Toronto) won the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Award at the Chambers Canada Awards.

    Michelle Savoy (Toronto) received the Dean’s Philos Award from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Kathy Sendall (Calgary) was named Lieutenant Colonel
    for the Alberta Military. Cathy Simpson (Atlantic) is the new board chair of New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.

    Barb Stegemann (Atlantic) was recently featured in WestJet Magazine about her social enterprise fragrance venture, 7 Virtues. Candace Thomas (Atlantic) has been included in the second edition of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian WomenJosephine Victoria Yam (Toronto) won the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award and is one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

  • Meet some of our chapters’ newest members. Watch this space for more new-member listings throughout 2019.

    (Calgary) Sara Austin is the Founder and Chair of Children First Canada, a new national non-profit dedicated to the protection and empowerment of Canada’s children. Claudia Cattaneo is an award winning journalist; news, finance and public policy junkie; and former Western Business Columnist at the National Post. Geeta Sankappanavar is Co-Founder & President of Grafton Asset Management and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership. Susan Veres is a partner with Honeycomb Communications.

    (Edmonton) Myrna  Bittner, a CEO tech founder, is passionate about representative diversity and ethical AI. Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Executive Director, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, is a proud Aninshinaabe kwe (woman) and member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Nation on Beautiful Manitoulin Island.

    (Atlantic) Jennifer Angel is President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia. Alice Aiken is VP Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University. Mary Bluechardt is President & Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University. Carrie Cussons is President & CEO, Events East Group. Christine Hanson is CEO, NS Human Rights Commission, and  Christine Pound is Partner, Stewart McKelvey.

    (Montreal) Pascale Fournier, is President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, is a member of the Royal Society of Canada College and holds the Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the University of Ottawa. Eve Laurier, General Manager, Edelman Montréal, is an award-winning strategic communicator. Francine Leger is VP Creative at Vasco design international Inc. Michéle Thibodeau-De Guire, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of École Polytechnique de Montréal, is a distinguished recipient of numerous honours for citizenship and excellence.

    (Toronto) Mary Federau, EVP at Mattamy Asset Management. Bambina Marcello is head of Business Development for Air Canada.

    (Waterloo) Elizabeth Heald was named President & CEO of Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) in August 2017.

    (Ottawa) Marjolaine Hudon is Regional President of Ontario North & East at RBC, and has held a wide variety of regional and national positions. Cheryl Jensen is President and CEO at Algonquin College. Jessica McDonald was appointed to the Canada Post Board of Directors and is acting as interim President and CEO. Amy Shapero is the CFO at Shopify.

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