Speaker Series -
In Conversation with Canada’s Most Powerful Female CEOs
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.
8:00 am – 8:40 am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:40 am – 10:00 am – Panel discussion
10:00 am – 10:30 am – Extended Networking
President and CEO, FONEMED
Charlene Brophy is President and CEO of FONEMED, an international tele-medicine company, providing technology and tele-medicine support and remote bio-metric monitoring to over 2300 client groups and 12 million individuals globally. Charlene has brought her hands-on knowledge of our health care system into developing countries and communities which otherwise would not have access to medical care.
Charlene has been the recipient of four Business Excellence Awards from The St. John’s Board of Trade. She was awarded the Atlantic Canada CBC Innovator of the Year Award by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2017 and recognized in 2017 and 2018 as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada. In addition to her business commitments, Charlene has a profound sense of community. She supports and is an active board member for several non-profit organizations and is a member of the provincial innovation advisory council and board chair for the NL Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Charlene is a proud Newfoundlander and although spends a great deal of time traveling outside the province, remains very proud to call NL home.
President and CEO, HSBC Bank Canada
Sandra Stuart was appointed President and CEO for HSBC Bank Canada in 2015. She is also on the board of HSBC Bank Canada and is the Chair of the Board for HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited. Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, she was Chief Operating Officer of the bank for 5 years. Sandra joined HSBC in 1982 and has held a number of roles in Canada and abroad including in the United States and Brazil.
Sandra is active in the community as a member of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, the Business Council of Canada and the Business Council of British Columbia.
She has been recognized by the Association of Women in Finance for Excellence in the Private Sector, received the Women’s Executive Network Deloitte Inclusion Vanguard Award (2016), was named one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2014), and British Columbia’s Most Influential Women by BC Business Magazine (2015).
Sandra has a BA with a double minor in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University and has completed a number of Executive Management courses at the Harvard Business School, IMD, and UBC.
Chief Executive Officer, Seafair Capital
Originating from Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ms. Whelan is principal shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Seafair Capital, a growth-focused company with investments in community and behavioural health, wellness and safety. Guided by the core values of integrity, entrepreneurship, community, action, and fun, the Seafair team aims to ‘do well while doing good.’
In addition to leading her group of companies, Ms. Whelan chairs the board of directors of Newfoundland Power, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS). She is also a director of CSA Group, and the Bank of Canada. She has previously served as a board director for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (NOIA) and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Ms. Whelan brings her down-to-earth style and entrepreneurial passion to every conversation, contributing her time and talent to various other regional boards and community service initiatives.
Ms. Whelan has received many accolades for entrepreneurship and leadership at the national level. In 2017, she was named Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year for an outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship and was awarded the P.J. Gardiner Entrepreneurship Award from Memorial University. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2016, named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2014, and inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to home care.
Ms. Whelan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Memorial University. She also completed advanced studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution and holds the ICD.D designation from the Directors Education Program of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
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