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Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Awards Gala
Stand In Her Shoes and celebrate Canada’s most powerful women
What makes Top 100 Winners the most powerful women in Canada?
They are resilient, strong, and they have grit. They inspire you to see from their perspectives, learn and grow. They have faced professional and personal challenges and have come out the other side with a stronger sense of purpose and drive.
Join us for an evening of recognition and celebration of 2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards Winners!
6:00 pm – Gala begins
6:30 pm – Top 100 Award Winner Reveal
6:50 pm – Awards Presentations
7:15 pm – Dinner & Networking
8:15 pm – Keynote Presentation
8:30 pm – Awards Presentations
9:35 pm – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
9:45 pm – Closing Remarks
Lainey Lui, Co-host, The Social; Senior Correspondent at Etalk; scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com
Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. Co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, ETALK Reporter, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, Lainey does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.
The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way. What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with millions of readers from around the world. As friends told friends about Lainey’s non-sycophantic email updates, she received so many requests to get on her mailing list that her server crashed.
More than one million readers and Twitter followers read LaineyGossip.com every month, making it a leading international celebrity gossip source. Recognizing Lainey’s talent, she joined the ETALK team in 2006.
In February 2010, Lainey reported on entertainment and gossip news for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Leaving little time for sleep, she also penned national columns for The Globe and Mail and Metro newspapers, and appeared daily on Canada’s official Olympic morning show during the Games. Lainey also travelled to London, England to cover the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Lainey regularly shares her gossip updates with CTV NEWS VANCOUVER and CTV News Channel, and is called upon as a celebrity expert by media outlets across North America, including CNN.com and the Los Angeles Times. Lainey is also known for her coverage of the phenom book and movie saga Twilight, and has a cameo in D: NYC – Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Lainey’s first book, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of), debuted at #1 on the Globe & Mail bestseller list upon publication.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario majoring in French and History, Lainey lives in Toronto with her husband and beagles. She is a consultant for Covenant House, which offers shelter and services for homeless youth.
Zahra Al-Harazi, Co-founder skillit.ca and Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF
The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Zahra draws on her experience as a pioneering woman in the business world with a unique approach to attitude, leadership, and success, as well as her experience as a refugee, immigrant, entrepreneur, and community-builder.
A survivor of two civil wars, Zahra immigrated to Canada with her three small children 18 years ago. She had no higher education or connections to the business community, but her entrepreneurial spirit quickly led her to start her first company Foundry Communications, an internationally recognized Canadian creative powerhouse.
Zahra is currently the co-Founder of her second company, the startup Skillit. As a global speaker, Zahra has spoken to audiences throughout the world in countries such as Australia, Germany, India and New Zealand.
Zahra’s accomplishments have earned her many accolades. She was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009), Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Chatelaine magazine (2011), and one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by WXN (2012). She also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada (2012) and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award (2013).
Zahra is now the Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF and recently authored a memoir to be published by HarperCollins in 2019.
Constitution Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2W6