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. 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. 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 responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC., 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, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as Chair, is Chair of the new Crown Corporation, Canada Infrastructure Bank and Chair, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Foundation.
Ms. Horowitz is a respected global executive with over 15 years of board experience, including HSBC Bank Canada, and over 20 years of experience at American Express, including President & CEO of Amex Canada, Inc., & Chairman, President & CEO of Amex Bank of Canada.
Patrice Mousseau had a successful career as radio and television host, news anchor, and journalist. She became a conscious entrepreneur when her daughter developed eczema and needed help.
Now, Patrice is the owner/creator of Satya Organics Inc., providing NPN approved, certified USDA organic products to serve those with skin conditions, who those want a legitimate alternative to steroid products.
Patrice is also a single Mom and a member of the Fort William First Nation.
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.