Speaker Series - toronto
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.
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
Chief Operating Officer, Havas Canada
2018 Top 100 Award Winner
Melody started career in the pre-iPhone days, working in marketing at the billion dollar company, Unilever on brands like Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton. Then, she reached a fork in the road. Deep inside the row of cubicles at Unilever, she watched the first signs of a new mobile age appear. Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, unleashing a new concept: a world where mobile phones can do more than make calls.
Then, one day after I ordered a cab by texting them for the first time, she made up her mind. She quit her teady job to launch a company that would focus on the emerging world of mobile apps. And over the last ten years, that’s exactly she did. Plastic’s clients are top-tier in their industries, like Rogers, Loblaw, RBC, Cadillac Fairview among others. Her work has earned her accolades including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
In 2015, Plastic was acquired by Havas, a global agency network 19,000 people strong. In 2019, Melody was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian operations, where they have become a leading creative experience consultancy recognized by the likes of Digiday, Forrester, IDC, the Webby’s, among others.
President & CEO, iFinance Canada
Top 100 Hall of Fame Alumni
Ann Kaplan is the CEO and President of iFinance Canada, the parent company to Medicard, Petcard, Dentalcard, iFinance Tech and iFinance Home Improvement.
An award winning businesswoman, Ms Kaplan was recently recognized with the top honour as the EY Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, Ontario – Finance, she is also a two time recipient of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award: the Peak Award of Excellence in Finance, as well as ten times on the Canada’s Profit 100 list for growth and 10X placement on the Canadian W100 list; she was also recognized as one of Canada’s most inspirational women and inducted into the WXN Canadian Hall of Fame as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. Ann was also recognized with the highest honor, a WIMA Award as
one of the Rotman School of Business Top Women graduates. Internationally, she is the recipient of numerous entrepreneurship awards including 5 Stevie Awards: Women of the Year, North America and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Kaplan has a MBA, MSc, a Corporate Governance Designation (ICD.d) and is completing her Doctoral Thesis in finance. Ann sits on three academic boards and committees, she is a twelve year delegate with the Ontario Economic Summit and was a cochair in finance at the G20Y summit in Geneva.
Ann is a member of the National Speakers Bureau, she has hosted three televisions shows, written five books If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry”, “Best Practices”, “The InterNet” and “Fashion Cares and, more recently, “How to be Successful in Spite of Yourself”.
Ann is married, has eight children and resides in Toronto and is one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Toronto”.
Lynn Murphy ICD. D
President & CEO, StarTech.com
Top 100 Award Winner
Lynn has spent over 30 years in the IT supply chain. Having worked at a service provider for 10 years followed by 18 years at a global IT distributor and most recently heading up an IT vendor, she has had exposure to the entire IT value chain.
Her current role is President & CEO, StarTech.com where she is leading an aggressive global growth strategy to double the business to 500M in 5 years. StarTech.com is a global provider of connectivity solutions for IT professionals through the IT channel with presence in 20 countries and growing. Prior to this Lynn was Executive Vice President, Westcon North American region where she was responsible for a complex 2.6B organization with 600 employees and 4 separate business units.
She has been featured many times as one of U.S. and Canada’s Top I.T. executives including the “Power list”, “Channel Chiefs”, “top 100 people you should know” and “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” in Computer Reseller News, Computer Dealer News and IT News.
Ms. Murphy has served on a number of boards and industry councils and has a passion for helping people realize their full potential.
President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
2018 Top 100 Award Winner
Joy Thomas is the president and CEO of CPA Canada, one of the world’s largest national accounting organizations.
Under her leadership, the Canadian CPA designation is recognized and respected as a leading voice in the Canadian and international business communities.
Joy works in partnership with the provincial CPA bodies and other stakeholders to keep the profession ahead of emerging trends and to have it play a leadership role in shaping the future.
Anticipating change and preparing for the future is central to Joy’s outlook as a leader, and she is responsible for initiating future-focused strategic initiatives to help Canadian CPAs drive success.
Joy previously held roles as the CEO of CMA Canada, CMA Alberta and as a CFO in industry. She is an active board member with the International Federation of Accountants and is Chair of the Global Accounting Alliance. She recently completed her term on the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy.
Co-Host, THE SOCIAL, Bell Media
Top 100 Award Winner
Marci Ien (@MarciIen) joined CTV’s THE SOCIAL in 2017 as the newest Co-Host, following a successful tenure as Guest Co-Host in 2016. Prior to joining THE SOCIAL, Marci was the News Anchor and Co-Host on CTV’s CANADA AM for more than 13 years where she received a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series.
A graduate of Ryerson University, Ien was previously appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts (RTA) program. In that role, she led guest lectures and participated in workshops and presentations with students and faculty, offering insight on the latest developments in television. In November 2016, Ien was appointed to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors.
In 2014, Ryerson University bestowed upon Ien the distinction of having an award co-named in her honour by the RTA School of Media. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of RTA’s programs. In 2013, Ien became one of only five people to be inducted into the RTA Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media.
Her career in television spans more than three decades and has taken Ien from Halifax, where she joined CTV NATIONAL NEWS as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s OLYMPIC MORNING at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Ien’s work in media has been recognized with multiple awards, including a 1995 Canadian Radio and Television News Directors’ Award for News Serial for “Journey To Freedom: A Look at the Underground Railroad”, the 2008 BBPA Harry Jerome Award, a 2014 Planet Africa Award, and the 2016 African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.
Ien’s charity work has seen her travel the globe. In 2008, she travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights, where she met with reporters and led training workshops. She also works with World Vision for whom she traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami. She is also a member of Children First Canada’s Council of Champions and is a mentor with Trust15, an afterschool program based in Etobicoke, Ont. that offers mentorship and life skills to young men and women. Ien’s commitment to the advocacy, education, and betterment of children and women is equally evident through her participation in many groups and initiatives over the years including World Vision, Dare Arts, the Children’s Miracle Network, The Hospital for Sick Children, among others.
Before joining CANADA AM, Ien was a reporter based in CTV News’s Atlantic bureau from 2001-2003. In 1995, she began reporting at Queen’s Park, covering daily political news for CHCH-TV’s regional newscast, as well as its British Columbia-based evening show CANADA TONIGHT. Ien’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series CIRCLE SQUARE at the age of 10.
Ien currently resides in Toronto with her family.
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