• 17 Oct 2017 by Leslie Quinton


    News from and about our members

    Christine Lengvari, President Lengvari and Associates, was recently recognized by Concordia University for her $1 million donation to create an endowment fund to scholarships for female students in the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program as well as nutritional research at Concordia’s PERFORM Centre. Christine is an alumna who has served on the Concordia board of governors as chair of the Alumni Women and Leadership Program, and as a mentor for the John Molson Women in Business Club. Congratulations, Christine, for encouraging more young women to enter the world of finance.

    Christiane Bergevin, Corporate Director, has assumed the role of Chair of the Board for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, replacing Duncan Wilson as outgoing Chair. She leads the board on behalf of their membership to identify strategies and solutions to the issues that are important to the Canadian business community and develop solutions to break down the barriers that are holding businesses back.

    Caroline Codsi, Founder and President of La Gouvernance au Feminin, has been asked to be the host and interviewer of Hillary Clinton at her appearances in Toronto and in Montreal. IWFC Montreal members also benefited from a special discount to attend the local event, courtesy of Caroline. Bravo to Caroline for this honour.

    Monette Malewski, President MBacal Group, is the newly elected Chair of the Board for the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University following many years of contribution to this organization, including spearheading the recent highly successful Einstein Legacy Project to celebrate 100 years since Einstein identified the General Theory of Relativity.

    Mary-Anne Carignan, President, Clinical Division at Purkinje Inc., was recently named by the Minister of Health as one of the ten new members of the board for the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Congratulations, Mary-Anne.

    Anne-Marie Hubert, Quebec Managing Partner for EY, has been named the co-leader of the Board Task Force on Diversity for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The organization represents over 450 chambers of commerce and more than 200,000 Canadian businesses of all sizes and types.

    Nancy Cleman, Partner Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, was named as an independent director to the Board of La Place des Arts which administers and oversees not only the Place des Arts de Montréal but also the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette and the artistic programming for La Maison symphonique. Congratulations Nancy.

    Anna Martini was recently named the new CFO of Group CH, the owners of the Canadiens de Montréal, Evenko and the Bell Centre. After more than a decade as CEO of the Dynamite Group, one of the largest retailers in Canada, Anna was recruited to assume the role which includes supervision of the finances of the Group’s multiple real estate holdings. Best of luck, Anna.

    Nathalie Blondil, General Director and Chief Curator, MBAM, has been awarded two significant recognitions. She was given the Prix Paul Gérin-Lajoie by the group ENSEMBLE pour la respect de la diversité for her vision on diversity in the workplace, as well as the Prix Phénicia 2017 from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce for her and the museum’s effort to fight prejudice and homophobia.  Well done, Nathalie.

    Françoise Lyon has been appointed President and Managing Partner at DGC Capital, a private equity firm newly created under the helm of a prominent Montreal-based family office focused on strategic investing in entrepreneurial players in the areas of ICT, technology, lifestyle and advanced manufacturing. Congratulations, Françoise.

    Madeleine Féquière, ICD.D – Appointed to the BOD of Tourisme Montréal, a private, non-profit organization assuming the leadership of a concerted effort of its 750 members & partners promoting the city as a premiere travel destination in a constantly evolving world markets of leisure, business and major conferences. Bravo, Madeleine.


  • 01 Oct 2017 by Leslie Quinton

    Our opening event for the 2017-18 season was a special joint event at the beautiful Espace Caisse de Depôt in collaboration with Les Amies d'Affaires, the CDPQ’s association of women entrepreneurs. Those gathered were privileged to hear from one of the world's leading experts in women's entrepreneurship, IWF France member, Martine Liautaud, founder of the Women Initiative Foundation. Martine presented her protégée, Delphine Bellini, the head of Maison Schiaperelli, and together they discussed the challenges and opportunities facing women and in particular, the importance of mentoring and showing one another support here and internationally. All attendees received a copy of the book Breaking Through Stories and had a chance to share and network with fellow members.

    A highlight of the evening was the introduction by IWFC Montreal President Madeleine Fequière who outlined the goals, projects and some of the events of the Montreal Chapter for 2017-18 and also paid particular homage to outgoing President, Françoise Lyon. Françoise continues to play an important role on the national and international boards of IWF, and is an example of the high-quality contribution that IWF Canada makes to our organization globally. Madeleine thanked the more than 20 volunteer board director and committee members involved so far to make this year a great one, and encouraged all members to think of other excellent candidates for membership to continue the tradition of supporting and connecting with women in positions of decision-making internationally.

    A warm thank you to those members who helped this event to take place and those who were in attendance. Watch for more interesting events like this one in the days to come as well as strategic partnerships with other women’s associations to continue to reinforce the opportunity to network and demonstrate leadership.