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Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Summit

Grow your career and learn from Canada's most powerful leaders

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Are you a high-potential professional aspiring to grow your career? Do you know women who are a good fit?

Don’t miss Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ – Summit – an event to empower, inspire and acknowledge the next generation of Top 100 Award Winners.

Join us for a day full of keynotes, panel discussions, networking and learning.



9:15 am – Coffee, Registration & Networking

10:00 am – Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introduction to KPMG

10:15 am – Panel Discussion and Q&A – Leaders Attributes – Transitioning into a leader

  • Moderator – to be announced
  • Panelists
    • Nicole Doria – Co-President of Indigenous Health Interest Group, Board of Directors of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Chair of Communications Committee, Chair of Event Planning Committee), PhD in Health Candidate
    • Patricia Karen Gagic, DStG – Chief Financial Officer, Hamilton Vein Clinic / President, Patricia Karen Gagic Art Enterprises Inc/Director, HELP HEAL HUMANITY
    • Laura Lee Langley – Deputy Minister, Office of the Premier; CEO Communications NS; Public Service Commissioner
    • Julie Quenneville – President; McGill University Health Centre Foundation

10:50 am – Q&A period

11:00 am – Keynote 1

  • Christy Clark – Premier of British Columbia (2011 – 2017)

11:15 am – Networking Break

11:30 am – Interview

  • Katie Telford – Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada; Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
  • Janice Price -President and CEO,Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

11:55 am – Lunch and Networking

12:35 pm – Workshop – Mental Health in the Workplace: How to Foster an Inclusive Working Environment

  • Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson MD, CM, OOnt – Professor of Psychiatry; University of Toronto / Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

1:10 pm – Networking Break & Dessert

1:30 pm – Keynote 2 – A Day in the Life

  • Maayan Ziv – Founder, CEO of AccessNow

1:55 pm – Closing Remarks



Nicole Doria, Co-President of Indigenous Health Interest Group, Board of Directors of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Chair of Communications Committee, Chair of Event Planning Committee), PhD in Health Candidate, Dalhousie University

Nicole Doria

Nicole Doria is a dynamic researcher, award-winning advocate, and change-maker in the areas of Indigenous health and sexualized violence. Nicole holds leadership positions with the Indigenous Health Interest Group at Dalhousie University and the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Board of Directors in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Within these organizations she works towards improving Indigenous health and wellness, advancing Indigenous curriculum, implementing affirmative action policies, preventing sexual assault/abuse, and changing the current socio-political culture that facilitates sexualized violence. In 2017, Nicole received the Dr. Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones Individual Award, an individual award of excellence from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Nicole has also been recognized by Dalhousie University with two prestigious awards: Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for the most outstanding Master’s Graduate in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018), and Board of Governors’ Award for exceptional leadership on and off campus (2017). Nicole will be continuing health research at the doctoral level that investigates women’s experiences of technology-facilitated sexualized violence.

Patricia Karen Gagic, DStG, Chief Financial Officer, Hamilton Vein Clinic; President, Patricia Karen Gagic Art Enterprises Inc; Director, HELP HEAL HUMANITY

Patricia Gagic portrait

Patricia is President of Patricia Karen Gagic Art Enterprises Inc., an accomplished International Contemporary Artist and Author. She is represented by Artworld Fine Art in Toronto, FACEC International in France exhibiting in New York, Italy, Cannes and UK.  She attended with BB International Fine Arts – Art Fairs in Geneva, Berlin, Korea, Austria and Zurich. In 2007 Patricia was an Honorary Commissioner at the Venice Biennale.  The SNBA Jury (Salon de la Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Paris) has chosen her photography work for exhibition at the Carousel du Louvre in December 2018 and accepted by jury to the Paris Grand Palais, February 2019. Patricia will be the recipient of the TOP 60 Masters by ATIM (Art Tour International Magazine) in New York, April 2019. Notably, she has studied under Master Artist Dragan Dragic since 1999 in France. As an author, her first book Karmic Alibi published by Bettie Youngs Books became an Award Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards and a Finalist in 2015 International Book Awards.  Karmic Alibi received the 2017 Book Excellence Award. She is the co-author of multiple books including Amazon Best Seller – Voices of Inspiration/ Marlon Smith and RockStar Success stories with Craig Duswalt.

She is the Chief Financial Officer of the Hamilton Vein Clinic located at the Wentworth Limeridge Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. As an entrepreneur Patricia has enjoyed an extensive career in Banking, Finance, Small business, Property and Medical Management and Retirement homes. She is a Certified Meditation Specialist/Facilitator completing her Certification in Applied Mindfulness and Transformative Mindfulness and Mindfulness without Borders from Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

In 2013 she was Knighted as a Dame of the International Order of St. George Grand Prior of Canada. Niagara Commandery.  She is Co-founder with Serena Bufalino of Help Heal Humanity created to advance education and empower youth, thru a safe and secure learning environment by creating community spaces in Haiti. Patricia has worked tirelessly since 2006 to support and develop a library, school for orphans and monks in Angkor Wat and Boeng Meala, Cambodia.

Patricia is a recipient of the Excellence in the Arts for Courage and Commitment to Human Rights, Dignity and Freedom by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in 2017.

She has volunteered in her community and abroad since she was 13 starting with the CYO.  Her passions and compassion for humanity have included Junior Achievement, Free the Children and the Colors of Freedom Foundation. Patricia has volunteered for Wellwood Resource, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Juravinski Cancer Centre and Hamilton Health Sciences.  A long-time supporter of the John Howard Society she is recipient of the David Lane award.  She served as a member of the Ontario Cabinet for Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is a member of the Sir Edmund Hilary Foundation Board of Directors and is proud to be a member of the Oakville Rotary D7080 Passport Club South.  She is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal, the Award of Excellence by Toronto Women’s Expo and nominated for many other awards. She is recognized by WXN (Women’s Executive Network) as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada awarded the BMO Arts and Communication category in 2015, Royal Bank Champion in 2016 and BMO Arts and Communication in 2017.

Patricia is happily married to Dr. Ned Gagic and they share a loving family with 5 grandchildren. She loves Jeopardy, playing computer chess, attending her grandson’s hockey games, the Toronto Maple Leafs and travelling with Lama Glenn Mullin’s group to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. Her one special moment is life was a HOLE IN ONE at Heron Point!

Laura Lee Langley, Deputy Minister, Office of the Premier; CEO Communications NS; Public Service Commissioner, Province of Nova Scotia

Laura Lee Langley

Laura Lee Langley is the Deputy Minister of the Office of the Nova Scotia Premier, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Policy Board, Clerk of the Nova Scotia Executive Council, Head of the NS Public Service, Chief Executive Officer of Communications Nova Scotia, and the NS Public Service Commissioner.

She began her career as a journalist in the early 1980’s and worked in both radio and television as a reporter, anchor and producer until the late 1990’s when she began her public service career in strategic communications.

She was first appointed Deputy Minister in 2010.  She has a Master of Public Administration Degree from Dalhousie University (2002) and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University (2015).

Laura Lee has served as a board member for various professional and community organizations and is known as a champion for diversity and inclusiveness. She has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission as a Champion of the Workplace for her work in this area. She is also passionate about employee engagement and revitalising the public service and is actively leading a campaign called ‘Be the Change’ encouraging innovation and pride in the NS public service.

Laura Lee lives in Oakfield, Nova Scotia with her husband Sean Carson. They have two grown children Parker and Ashley.

Julie Quenneville, President of McGill University Health Care Centre Foundation

Julie Quenneville

Julie Quenneville is President of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation, which supports patient care, teaching and research at the MUHC, one of Canada’s top three research hospitals.

Since assuming the leadership of the MUHC Foundation in October 2015, Julie has spearheaded a transformation of the charitable organization resulting in a 60 per cent increase in annual revenue and a drop in the cost ratio from 22 per cent to 16 per cent. Last year alone, the Foundation’s donor community grew by one quarter.

Prior to her career in philanthropy, Julie joined the political cabinet of Quebec’s then Minister of Health and Social Services, Philippe Couillard. Within a year, she was promoted to Associate Chief of Staff. She ran Couillard’s Montreal office, and was responsible for steering key health legislation such as the new national policy for mental health services, the ban on smoking in all public spaces, access to services for English-speaking and cultural communities and the public health portfolio.

Julie’s most sensitive dossier was the provincial government’s campaign to save the Shriners Hospital of Canada. Shriners announced its intention to move the country’s only hospital from Quebec to Ontario in 2003. For two years, Julie coordinated the campaign to save the Shriners which involved high profile decision makers including the Premier of Quebec, the Mayor of Montreal, and the some of the city’s leading institutions, including the MUHC, McGill University, and Montreal’s Chamber of Commerce as well as many business leaders. The victory, which was deemed impossible two years prior, was announced in 2005.

Julie proudly serves on the Board of the Banff Forum and the University Club of Montreal. She was previously on the Boards of Lakeshore General Hospital and Cheerleading Quebec. For over a decade, she volunteered for AMCAL Family Services, the YMCA and The Becket Players, a federally chartered, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in Montreal’s West Island.

Keynote 1

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia (2011 – 2017)

Christy Clark portrait

Christy Clark’s political career is full of firsts for Canadian women. Her hard-won record includes being the longest serving female Premier in Canadian history, the only female Premier ever to be re-elected in Canada, and the first Cabinet Minister in Canada to give birth while holding office. She was also the first Premier in the country to openly discuss personal experiences of sexual assault.

Over her 6 ½ years as Premier, she defied the critics by proving herself as the best economic manager in the country. She balanced 5 consecutive balanced budgets, diversified BC’s economy with a visionary plan and ensured BC led the country in job creation. When she left office in 2017, the province had the strongest economy in Canada for more then one year running – the first time that’s happened since before she was born in 1965.

Her success was founded on her ability to create and communicate a bold vision for growth, her gift for building and executing on a detailed plan, and a strong capacity to predict, mitigate and manage risks.

When she retired, BC was on-track to eliminating its operating debt by 2020 – the first time since 1976. BC was also the only remaining Canadian province with a AAA credit rating.

Prior to becoming Premier, she was the host of the Christy Clark Show on CKNW 980, and a columnist for the Vancouver Sun and Province. She used all these platforms to establish a province-wide anti bullying campaign that continues to grow.


Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Katie Telford

Katie Telford is the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

She previously served as the National Campaign Co-Chair and National Campaign Director for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada’s successful 2015 federal election campaign. Her leadership spearheaded a new focus on grassroots organizing and innovative campaign technologies that contributed to the election of the first Liberal majority mandate from Canadians in 15 years.

She has lead and advised on multiple campaigns including her role as National Campaign Director on Justin Trudeau’s Leadership Campaign in 2013. Over her career Katie has provided senior counsel on a wide range of federal and provincial issues to non-profit organizations, the private and public sectors, and political parties. Katie was ranked in the 50 Most Powerful People in Canadian Business, and Canada’s Top 40  Under 40.  She and her husband Rob Silver are proud parents of their son George and dog Biko!

Janice Price – President & CEO, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Janice Price portrait

Janice Price has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in leadership roles in the arts and entertainment sector in Canada and the United States. She was appointed President and CEO of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2015. Prior to her appointment at Banff Centre, Ms. Price served as CEO of the Luminato Festival, Toronto’s annual multi-­‐arts festival, an organization she led since its inception in 2006. As the Festival’s Founding CEO, Janice helped Luminato become one of the world’s largest and most respected annual multi-­‐arts festivals. Previous to Luminato, Janice was President and CEO of The Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia from 2002-­‐2006, and prior to that position she was Vice President of Marketing and Communications and then Interim Executive Director at New York’s Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. Prior to her professional engagements in the United States, Janice held senior positions at a number of Toronto arts organizations, including the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. From 1992–1996, Janice was the Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the Stratford Festival.

Ms. Price has served on numerous national and international arts sector

Boards including ISPA (International Society for the  Performing  Arts),  the  National Board of Culture Days, the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She served on the National Executive of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference and Chaired the national Festivals and Major Events board. Ms. Price currently serves on the board of Business for the Arts and on the Council of Post-­‐ Secondary Presidents of Alberta.

Workshop – Mental Health in the Workplace: How to Foster an Inclusive Working Environment:

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson MD, FRCPC, C.M, O.Ont, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto / Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson is a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynaecology at the University of Toronto and Co-founder of the Women’s Mental Health Program at the University of Toronto. She has a special interest in the psychological impact of various aspects of women’s reproductive life. She was President of the YWCA of Toronto, a Board Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association, and is immediate past-president of the American College of Psychiatrists. She won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Award in the Champion category for her work in the field of women’s mental health. She received the Alexandra Symond’s Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding and sustained contributions to women’s mental health and the advancement of women.  In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and was appointed to the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work re violence against women.  In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her work concerning the mental and physical health of women and regulation of the health professions.

Keynote 2 – A Day in the Life:

Maayan Ziv, Founder, CEO, AccessNow

Maayan Ziv

Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur. Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible and inclusive world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a digital platform that is mobilizing communities by mapping the accessibility of places and experiences worldwide. As the founder and CEO of AccessNow, Maayan is a regular in the media on topics such as accessibility, diversity and inclusion. Maayan is the proud recipient of the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities.

Maayan also acts as an advisor to the Government of Canada on disability and inclusion initiatives and sits on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Ryerson University.



Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Rooms 205 and 206

255 Front Street West

Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

Presenting Partner:

KPMG Top 100 Presenting Partner

November 22, 2018
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Toronto, ON
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