Speaker Series - calgary

In Conversation With Canada’s Most Powerful Female CEOs

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Ever wonder how many female CEOs there are in Canada? Even though women make up just over half the Canadian population and nearly 48 per cent of the workforce, men still dominate the top tiers of business and government. According to Catalyst.org, only seven of the 249 companies listed on the main index of the Toronto Stock Exchange in September 2017 were run by women. However, women are slowly but steadily breaking through the glass ceiling and while few head up large corporations in Canada, a growing number are CEOs of NGOs and smaller companies, often which they started themselves.


6:00 pm – 6:40 pm – Registration & Networking

6:40 pm – 8:00 pm – Cocktails, Discussion & Networking

8:00 pm – Cocktail Concludes

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Optional Networking


Heather Christie-Burns
P.Eng., President & CEO, High Ground Energy Inc
2018 Top 100 Award Winner

Ms. Christie-Burns is a successful energy entrepreneur, having founded two companies in the last fifteen years. Over Heather’s twenty-five year career as a professional engineer she has developed expertise in petroleum exploitation, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture negotiations, reservoir engineering and production operations.

Ms. Christie-Burns is President and Chief Executive officer and a founder of High Ground Energy Inc., a private equity backed upstream E&P company with assets in eastern Alberta. Prior to founding High Ground Energy in 2014, Heather co-founded and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Angle Energy Inc., an Alberta based, TSX- listed upstream E&P Company with an enterprise value upon sale in December 2013 of $576 million.

Ms. Christie-Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is an active mentor for both technical and financial professionals in the energy industry and has been recognized by Avenue Calgary, Oilweek, and the WXN for her accomplishments.

Rachel Mielke
Chief Executive Officer, Hillberg & Berk Accessories Inc.
2018 Top 100 Award Winner

Mielke, Rachel portrait

Rachel Mielke, CEO and founder of Hillberg & Berk, is passionate about creating beautiful jewellery, and empowering women in the process. Her Regina-based luxury jewellery company’s success story is about more than making money; it’s focused on helping make a difference in the world – one sparkle at a time.

Through determination, hard work and business savvy, the Saskatchewan-born entrepreneur was able to take a few beads and a dream and transform them from a one-woman, kitchen-table-based operation into a multi-million-dollar company, with a large staff, housed in a spacious, world-class facility. Along the way, Rachel has inspired, supported and encouraged women to also find their sparkle.

Her company now has retail locations in Saskatchewan and Alberta, wholesale stores across Canada, and an online store serving customers globally.

A successful pitch on CBC’s Dragon’s Den helped Rachel grow her business. And showcasing the brand on The Shopping Channel has significantly boosted online sales.

Rachel is proud to have created a global supply chain, based in Regina, that sets Hillberg & Berk apart from other companies in the jewellery industry.

Her company has been commissioned to design custom jewellery for the Queen. It has made Canadian Olympic athletes sparkle. And the brand has been showcased at the Oscars.

While being recognized both locally and globally for her many impressive accomplishments, Rachel has remained humble. She continues to lead with her heart, and inspire by example. A true gem, Rachel sparkles as a CEO!

Nancy C. Southern
Chair & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited

Nancy Southern portrait

Nancy Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of both ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited. She is also Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows, a Founding Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a Director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an Honorary Director of the BMO Financial Group and serves on the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors.

Ms. Southern supports some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. She is a member of The U.S. Business Council and the American Society of Corporate Executives, and is a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission. In 2017, she was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

In addition to her business leadership, she advocates on social issues of global importance, including the role of women in business and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is an Honorary Chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta) and was given the name Aksistoowa’paakii, or Brave Woman, in 2012.


Sherri Stevens
President & CEO, WXN and CBDC, members of the PhaseNyne network of companies

Sherri Stevens, President and CEO of WXN and CBDC and founder and President of SRG-USA, is an award-winning entrepreneur, visionary and lifelong advocate, dedicated to the advancement of diversity and inclusivity in management, executive and professional board roles. Sherri takes great pride in the crusade to support and inspire others to lead and use their collective impact to break barriers and shatter ceilings.

As an expert on business strategy, change management, and workforce development, Sherri has been recognized by numerous professional organizations, most notably as the recipient of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Momentum, as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in the category of Entrepreneur and has been named to the Profit W100 list 9 years running. Beyond her business accolades, Sherri’s positive impact over the years has provided meaningful work for thousands of people, helped companies sustain productive workforces and supported communities across North America!


The Westin Calgary
320 4 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

Silver Partners:

      Loblaw Companies Ltd logo     Scotiabank logo


Door Prizes:

Door Prizes

Hillberg & Berk – visit website
Jewelry package: Sparkle Ball™ Earrings, Petite Sparkle Pearl Bracelet, $50 promotional gift card – approximate value $215.00
Guest Gifts: $30 promotional gift cards

June 25, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Calgary, AB