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The Catalyst Canada Honours are awarded to individuals for their commitment and achievements toward the advancement of women in Canadian business. The champions were recognized at a Dinner held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto and chaired by Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. The Dinner was preceded by the full-day Catalyst Canada Honours Conference.

"Achieving diversity is about making sure that people have access to opportunities. I have seen exceptional results for women at McCarthy Tétrault who were given opportunities, not based on what they have done, but what they can do."
—Marc-André Blanchard

"When I walked into my first meeting at Shell, I knew it was the right company for me. It was diverse in many ways, and the voices of both men and women were heard and respected equally. I believe that companies in which women are well-represented throughout, including at the senior levels, are more successful. Such companies are able to leverage the full talents of everyone and approach challenges and opportunities from many perspectives. This award is a testament to Shell’s commitment to diversity, and I have been very proud to support the advancement of women within our corporate culture."
—Lorraine Mitchelmore

"I'm honoured to be recognized as a Catalyst Champion and to be part of an organization that values the role female mentors play in the workplace. As a business leader, mentor, and mother, I believe in the power of paying it forward and hope that my mentees and my children will be inspired to do the same."
—Susan Allen

"At TD, we view diversity and inclusion as strategic priorities. We know that to be successful, we need to attract the very best people and provide them with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I’m very proud to lead TD’s Women in Leadership Committee, and of all the great work we’re doing to help expand leadership opportunities for women. I’m confident that by partnering with our businesses to increase representation and engagement of women, we can encourage and inspire women from all levels of the bank to achieve their career goals."
—Colleen Johnston

"I am humbled and extremely grateful to Catalyst for this award whose greater significance is that it lends vital credibility to the work that ‎we do every day and serves as a reminder of the obligation to drive forward to a better future."
—Kate Broer

"There were female lawyers who were recruited by the firm either through law schools or later on in their careers. My role, along with others at Osler, was to work with these lawyers and help them develop their accountability and leadership skills so they could take advantage of their abilities."
—Purdy Crawford

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The 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner Video

 

Bill McFarlane, CEO and Senior Partner, PwC Canada

 

Deborah Gillis, Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst

 

Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst

 

Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

 

Bill Downe, President and CEO, BMO Financial Group

 

Kate Broer, Dentons Canada LLP, Human Resources/Diversity Leader, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/ Diversity Leader Champion. (View Acceptance Speech)

 

Susan Allen, PwC Canada, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion. (View Acceptance Speech)

 

Colleen Johnston, TD Bank Group, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion. (View Acceptance Speech)

 

Marc-André Blanchard, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Company/Firm Leader Champion. (View Acceptance Speech)

 

Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada Limited, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Company/Firm Leader. (View Acceptance Speech)

 

Purdy Crawford, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Special Recognition: Board Diversity Champion.

In its fourth year, the Catalyst Canada Honours gathered over 660 guests, including more than 40 CEOs from across Canada. The event highlighted the achievements of this year’s champions and the important role individuals have in advancing women through the ranks and into senior executive and board positions. The speakers inspired the audience with personal anecdotes and passion, emphasizing our mission to expand opportunities for women and business.

"Potential comes in unexpected packages and unexpected places. It's in the men (but most often women) you overlook"—Deborah Gillis #CCH2013

Give opportunities, not based on what someone has done, but based on what they can do.—Marc-Andre Blanchard, @McCarthy_ca #CCH2013

@PwC_Canada_LLP Fairytales do come true for #CCH2013 Champion Susan Allen of @PWC_Canada_LLP

Let’s focus on the joy of a great career! –Colleen Johnston @TD_Canada #CCH2013

Diverse leadership is not just important, it’s absolutely critical to business success.—Kate Broer @DentonsCanada #CCH2013

@Shell_Canada's Lorraine Mitchelmore: oil & gas industry trailblazer and #CCH2013 Company/Firm Leader Champion http://t.co/EYBjQ5sqLg

Mentoring and Sponsoring board ready women through Women On Board is one way Purdy Crawford is a champion http://ow.ly/pWUOC  #CCH2013

@CatalystInc "Transforming the workplace begins with individual efforts."—Alex Johnston, Director, Catalyst Canada http://t.co/U2V1qzvTbv #CCH2013

"Incredibly, half of the FP500 countries of Canada do not have a women on their board".—Bill Downe, @BMO #CCH2013Change is needed.

@kaysmo Congrats @CatalystInc on a fun, uplifting evening honouring champions of #women, #diversity #leadership in Canadian business! #CCH2013

@teresapiruzza: Together we will create a business culture that provides opportunity for all. #CCH2013

@MalihaQ The writer in me loves the inspiring and amusing speeches from #Catalyst leadership and #CCH2013 honorees. The woman in me wants to be them.

@WomenOfInflnce is inspired by tonight's honourees + champions of women at @CatalystInc #CCH2013- incredible and important work done by all

 

DINNER CHAIR SPONSOR
BMO Financial Group

RECEPTION SPONSOR
Scotiabank

VIDEO SPONSOR
PwC

MEDIA SPONSOR
Rogers Communication

VIDEO PRODUCTION
Cossette

AV SPONSOR
Mediaco

RECEPTION MUSIC PROVIDED BY:
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

GIFT SPONSOR
Purdys Chocolatier

CRIMSON TABLE–$30,000
Shell Canada Limited
RBC
Dentons
TD Bank Group
BMO Financial Group
EY

SILVER TABLE-$20,000
Shaw Communication
KPMG
Sodexo
Deloitte
TD Securities
Scotiabank
Rogers Communications
HSBC Bank Canada
McCarthy Tétrault
Manulife Financial

BRONZE TABLE-$15,000
Talisman Energy Inc.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
S.C. Johnson & Son, Limited
Desjardins Group
Dentons
Enbridge
Bell
Rogers Communications
Intact Financial Corporation
Spencer Stuart
Home Depot of Canada Inc.
CN
Maple Leaf Foods
Oxford Frozen Foods
Annette Verschuren
Northwater Capital

PATRON TABLE-$10,000
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Cossette
Google
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
McDonalds Restaurants of Canada
Sobeys Inc
Torys
L'Oreal Canada
Xerox
Linamar Corporation
Cisco Canada
McKinsey & Company Canada
MTS Allstream Inc.
McCarthy Tetrault
BDC
TMX Group
Seaboard Transport Group
Hudson's Bay Company

INDIVIDUAL SEATS-$750
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
The Bedford Consulting Group
ENMAX
Institute of Corporate Directors
Rotman School of Management
Shoppers Drug Mart
MTS Allstream Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP
EMD Serono

SPECIAL DONATIONS
Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. ($10,000)
Power Corporation of Canada ($10,000)
Empire Company ($10,000)
Metro ($2,000)

Click on the image below to view the Dinner Program.

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