Ms. Bennett is a prominent business person in Newfoundland, owning and operating numerous restaurants throughout the province. She was also a significant contributor and fundraiser for St. John’s first Ronald McDonald House. Cathy previously served as the chairperson of the St. John’s Board of Trade and governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
Ms. Barker-Merz is a long-standing and strong supporter of women in business, sport and the community, a proud 2015 recipient of the International Alliance of Women (TIAW) top 100 world of Difference awards, as well as one of Canada’s Top 50 to watch in Wealth Management in 2016. Throughout her 20+ year career with BMO, Julie has earned the reputation of being a leader who executes with pace, courage and excellence, inspiring teams to come together towards a common vision. In her current role, Julie oversees the retail and business banking business across 11 markets, 150 branches and 1300+ team members throughout south western Ontario.
Ms. Horowitz is a respected global executive with over 17 years of board experience, including 2 regulated banks, and with over 20 years of experience at American Express. She has devoted considerable time to organizations that empower and support women.
Janice Fukakusa is Chancellor, Ryerson University. In addition, Janice serves as a corporate director with extensive banking and financial services experience. She previously served as RBC’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer and a member of RBC’s Group Executive, from which she retired in January 2017 following a distinguished 31-year career. Janice currently serves on the boards of a number of corporate and not-for-profit organizations, including Cineplex, Loblaw Companies Inc., The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as Chair, Chair of Crown Corporation, Canada Infrastructure Bank and Chair, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Foundation.
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.
Vicki is Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs
Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.