Six Schulich Alumnae Win Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award
The 2022 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners was released by Women’s Executive Network (WXN). The Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada.
Schulich is honoured to announce that six alumnae were recognized as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women:
- Racheal Awe (EMBA ’17), Vice-President and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO, Canadian Tire Corporation
- Simone Harrington (MBA ’11), VP, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners
- Nurin Thawer (MBA ’14), AVP, Portfolio Management and Enterprise Planning, Canadian Tire Corporation
- Lisa Taylor (MBA ’98), President, Challenge Factor
- Penny Wise (MBA ’91), President, 3M Canada
- Shaheen Yazdani (BBA ’08), Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Intercept
The award recipients advocate fiercely for diversity and inclusion in business, on corporate boards, and within senior leadership. They are recognized for their meaningful impactful in their companies and communities such as championing the development, advancement, and recognition of Women across Canada through learning, networking, events, research and more.
“On behalf of the entire Schulich community, congratulations to the Schulich alumni who were selected as one of the 2022 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women,” said Detlev Zwick, Dean of the Schulich School of Business. “These highly accomplished alumni are not only role models for our students but dynamic ambassadors for our School.”
WXN will celebrate each 2022 winner in person at its 20th annual Top 100 Awards Gala, hosted at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto on November 17.
Congratulations to our Schulich alumnae!
Rachael Awe: “I believe to be powerful means having the responsibility to make an impact for the good of others; and there is something extremely powerful in representation – seeing people who look like you in positions you aspire to be in – it gives you hope. With this award, I am most proud of the impact and representation I provide for my young daughter, and for other women who look like me.”
Simone Harrington: “I am honoured to be recognized as one of the 2022 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award winner. To be recognized alongside so many other Schulich Alumni is a privilege and a testament to our incredible alumni network.”
Lisa Taylor: “The impact of my work is built on the foundational education I received in Schulich’s MBA/MPA program. Challenge Factory is a research agency and consultancy focused on the Future of Work. As a certified B Corporation, we use business as a force for good while addressing today’s toughest workforce and policy challenges. I am proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100 Award Winner. The award recognizes the often invisible yet powerful impact the field of career development, hidden talent pools, and labour market dynamics have on how we shape the future.”
Nurin Thawer: “I am honoured to be named as one of the WXN’s Most Powerful Women in Canada for 2022 & a Mercedes Benz Emerging Leader. I look forward to continuing my work in Strategy & Planning and to continuing my efforts related to amplifying voices of women and minorities. Thank you to Schulich for the knowledge, connections, and credibility I gained through the MBA Program.”
Penny Wise: “As a passionate advocate for women in the workplace and in STEM education, I’m inspired by the important work that has been done by the accomplished women named in the 2022 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners list and am honoured to be included in their ranks. These extraordinary women are change-makers, leading their communities and the country through the post-pandemic economic recovery, and I look forward to continuing the work on advancing equitable access to STEM education for women and underrepresented groups across Canada.” – Penny Wise, President and Managing Director, 3M Canada.”Shaheen Yazdani: “I am truly honoured to be named alongside such an inspiring group of women. To be in the company of fellow Schulich alumni is testament to the foundations this school provides its students in setting up for future success. It is a full circle experience for me, as my entrepreneurship story in fact began at school, during my time at Schulich. Being in an environment that provided exposure to multi-faceted business concepts helped develop my business-mindset, and was the launchpad for future entrepreneurial growth.”