M. Elizabeth Cannon, PhD, FCAE, FRSC
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Calgary
President and CEO
Xerox Canada Inc.
Even if it hasn’t completely shattered, the glass ceiling has certainly been perforated with announcements of women being named to senior officer appointments on virtually a weekly basis. Some sectors are performing better than others in this regard. Academe, in particular, has a strong record in engaging women in its senior ranks. Today many of our most prominent educational institutions are led by women. Unfortunately, the track record in information and communications technology is not as strong. When a woman achieves the corner office, it is still a newsworthy event.
Mandy Shapansky was appointed President and CEO of Xerox Canada in July 2010. That same month Elizabeth Cannon was named President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary. Both women pursued unconventional paths to their positions of leadership – Elizabeth through a distinguished career in engineering and geomatics; Mandy through her expertise in the realm of corporate finance. How they built their career paths will be the subject of the next event in the ITAC/CWC Speakers Series. Moderating this conversation will be yet another distinguished Canadian CEO, Margot Micallef, Chair and CEO of the Vista Broadcast Group.
While the appointment of women to senior positions may not be the rarity it once was, three outspoken women leaders from three different industries in one room in one conversation will definitely be a rare event and a conversation you will want to participate in. Please join us.
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2010 – 7:30 to 10:00 am (breakfast included)
Where: Events Centre. University of Calgary, 906 – 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 1H9
All are welcome and encouraged to bring along colleagues, daughters and friends who may benefit from ideas and experiences discussed.