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Rotman School Alumni Named to List of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2020.

Toronto – Women’s Executive Network (WXN) named two graduates of degree programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman of Management to the list of the Top 100 most powerful women in Canada. The list recognizes the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  

Rupinder Dhillon, Executive MBA’18, Chief Data Officer, SVP Data Innovation and AI, Hudson's Bay Company, received the Manulife Science and Technology award, which recognizes women in STEM roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment. 

Effie Simanikas, BCom’92, Vice President, Operations, Finance and Information Technology, 

IAMGOLD, received the CIBC Executive Leaders award, which recognizes women, who not only exemplify what it means to be a great leader, but also build confidence and champion others. 

In addition, eight other women who graduated from the Rotman School’s Executive Programs, including the Directors Education Program, were honoured. 

  • Jennifer Bernard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women's College Hospital Foundation;
  • Julia Hanigsberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital;
  • Veni Iozzo, Executive Vice-President, Enterprise Real Estate and Workplace Transformation, CIBC;
  • Wendy Kei, Board Chair, Ontario Power Generation;
  • Shannon MacDonald, Managing Director, Health and Provincial Governments, Accenture;
  • Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson, Associate Vice President, Infrastructure Technology Solutions,
    TD Bank Group;
  • Sherry Peister, Immediate Past Chair, Green Shield Canada; and,
  • Ravy Por, Founder,Héros de Chez Nous; Lead Partnerships & Outreach, Advanced Analytics,
    Desjardins Group.

The awards were announced this week during Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 Awards Program, which includes a virtual two-day Leadership Summit and Gala. Women's Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, is a national organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. 

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Ken McGuffin
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Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
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