Even though women make up just over half the Canadian population and nearly 48% 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 women. However, women are slowly but steadily breaking through the glass ceiling and while few head up large corporations, a growing number are CEOs of smaller companies – often companies that they started too – as well as NGOs.
1. Linamar Corporation: Linda Hasenfratz
2. TransAlta Corporation: Dawn Farrell
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3. ATCO Ltd: Nancy Southern
4. ENMAX Corporation: Gianna Manes
5. Tangerine: Brenda Rideout
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6. Katrin’s Karepackage: Maike van Niekerk
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7. B2B Bank: Deborah Rose
9. Freshco: Mandy Rennehan
10. Plan International Canada: Caroline Riseboro
11. The Economic Club of Canada: Rhiannon Traill
12. Emterra Group: Emmie Leung
13. SureCall Contact Centers: Desirée Bombenon
14. Fundserv: Karen Adams
15. Augurex Life Sciences Corp: Norma Biln
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16. Creative BC: Prem Gill
17. Digital Nova Scotia: Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia
18. Futurpreneur Canada: Julia Deans
19. Hillberg & Berk: Rachel Mielke
20. Smarten Up Institute: Laurie Clark
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