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Do you often ask yourself,  “What do I want to do with my life?” or “Is this what and who I am supposed to...

MENTORSHIP

 

Mentorship program now taking applications

Our award winning 5 month  program for aspiring women leaders.  Limited spots.

 STUDENTS

 

WIL is thrilled to iwelcome Annabella, Antonella and Jasmine as our 2020 Summer Students.  They will help with programs and research.

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FEATURED CAREERS

CAREER POSTING

 

DIVISION DIRECTOR

Several Regions

Lead, coach and grow your practice in an entrepreneurial environment where you define your success. 

CAREER POSTING

 

CFO

CFO for growing craft distillery  company CPA or CA designation plus  2 years  private industry experience. PT leading to full time.  Kelowna, BC.

CAREER POSTING

IT PROJECT MANAGER

MONTREAL

Effectuer la coordination opérationnelle des équipes et intervenants internes et externes impliqués dans les différents projets. 

EMPLOYER

 

At IBM, work is more than a job—it's a calling. To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. 
 

CAREER POSTING

 

DELIVERY PROJECT EXECUTIVE

Deliver project from initial conception & procurement through commissioning and transfer to Operations within scope, on budget and on schedule. 

EMPLOYER

Nature’s Path is a family-run, independent, privately owned company. 

 

We believe in the idea that you can come to work, and help make the world a better place in the same day.

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Over 50,000+ Women participants in our Programs
 

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF LEADERSHIP

Founded in 2001, Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills & creates positive change in the future of women’s leadership.

VALUES

Celebration - We are a dynamic group of people passionate about inspiring women to be their best and celebrating their unique talents and successes.​
Relevant - We are dedicated to showcasing authentic female role models in a wide variety of sectors. ​
Collaborative - We bring individuals, companies and organizations together to create positive change.​
Mentorship - We believe that we all can learn from, inspire and encourage each other through all stages of our lives.
 

WIL TEAM

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MAYA KANIGAN
Founder & President

Maya Kanigan, a UVIC commerce grad following her life’s passion she founded WIL at the age of 28.  For Maya, WIL was created because she saw more potential in the women around her then they saw in themselves. She believed that featuring female role models and women’s success stories would inspire others and make a difference in the lives of the next generation. Email

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JANICE DETTA COTTI
Vice Chair
Board of Directors

Janice has been a key leader at WIL and on the Board of Directors since 2013.  Janice provides valuable insight into managing the organization and a great sense of humour.  Janice's company "Board Flight Paths" helps Executives and companies with board of director development. Email

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DIMAH KHALILI

Advisory Board

National Strategy

An MBA Strategic Planning and Integrated Communications leader with over 15 years of experience helping organizations to bring their brands and missions to life, through compelling stories and well-developed strategies using creativity, innovation, design thinking and project management skills.  Profile

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DAVID MOSSMAN

Program Director

David has volunteered and worked for WIL from the beginning. He is dedicated to the advancement of women and has run many of WIL's labor market projects.  He has an extensive tech and philanthropic background.  Email

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BINA KAMATH
Calgary Chapter
Executive Director

Bina is the Calgary Executive Director for Women in Leadership Foundation and a member of the Diversity Board for KNOW Tribe Corporate (a US based for-profit organization).   She is passionate about empowering women to achieve personal and professional growth and is currently working on developing a mentorship program in an effort to reach remote rural communities.   Email

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FARHANA MAHBUB
Toronto Chapter
Chapter Chair

Farhana Mahbub, Toronto Chapter Board Chair is a Director at RBC Capital Markets, is a delivery-oriented professional who is passionate about transformational change and developing world-class implementation capabilities.  Email 

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SUSIE HO

Ottawa Chapter 

Co-Chair

Susie has been instrumental in creating a sustainable Chapter that continues to surprise us with their achievements. Susie works as a Technical Advisor at Bruce Power.  Email

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AMAL WAHAB

Ottawa Chapter 

Co-Chair

Amal joined the Chapter early on and has been a great team leader.  Amal is a reporter for Newscap Radio.  EmailAmal joined the Chapter early on and has been a great team leader.  Amal is a reporter for Newscap Radio.  Email

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MAUREEN MCKINNON

Vancouver Chapter 

Co-Chair

Maureen is delightful to work with and brings a great leadership background to the Vancouver Chapter.  As a Career Strategist she helps people solve challenges at work to assist and empower talented executives and professionals to take charge of and successfully advance their careers.  Email

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KELLY WOIDA

Vancouver Chapter 

Co-Chair

Kelly brings her positive leadership style to the Vancouver Chapter and as Co-Chair she has helped the team have success in all its programming.  Kelly is a  Project Manager at Sonepar Canada managing major projects.  Email

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MEHGAN CABRERA

Victoria Chapter

Co-Chair

Mehgan is passionate about creating connections and bringing women together in support of growth and kinship. Email

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JULIE POTTER

Victoria Chapter

Co-Chair

Julie specializes in public engagement and strategic communications. She has a passion for creating community and transformative change.  Email

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DENISE YOUNG 

Kelowna Chapter Chair

Denise brings her strong leadership, marketing and facilitating background to help establish the first Kelowna Chapter. Her warm and inclusive personality makes her shine.   Email

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ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

Kelowna Chapter

Vice Chair

Liz is a long supporter of WIL and is a Senior Leader in Talent Acquisition. Champion of change, passionate in creating effective talent acquisition teams and dedicated to ensuring full utilization of human resources in a cost-effective manner. Profile

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LORNA HOWIESON

Advisory Board

Ambassador

Lorna is the Senior Director, Global Facilities and Administration at IMAX.  She has a MBA with progressive experience in project management, administration, human resources, facilities, and finance. Email

PARTNERS

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

- MAJOR PROJECT FUNDING - 

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- BEST EMPLOYER PARTNERS - 

 
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"Working with WIL has been a wonderful experience for our company and people.  We are happy to support the work WIL does for women and our community."

Samantha Jones, Project Manager

HISTORY

  WIL was formed in 2001, by Maya Kanigan in Victoria, BC.  Maya was a recent UVIC Commerce Grad and was working on a BC Govt. Labor Market Project in Tech and noticed there were very few women speaking at major industry conferences.  Doing some research she realizes the lack of women in leadership roles across most sectors.

 

Maya started the Foundation with a mandate to showcase role models and help more women become leaders.  The first program was a University Train Tour sponsored by VIA Rail that visited 22 Universities from coast to coast.  The program featured a career forum with women leaders speaking and employers recruiting women.

 

The next few years WIL ran Women Career Forums across Canada and started doing Labour Market Projects (LMP's) for all 3 levels of Govt. with emphasis on attraction/ retention of women in non-traditional sectors.

In the late 2000's WIL piloted a Mentorship program, ran several large Indigenous Women Leaders Forums, fund raising Galas (always great fun) and more LMP's.

In 2013 WIL created Chapters to help support programs in those major centres. Calgary was one of the first Chapters and they introduced the North American Women in Energy Forum.  In 2016 we started holding Tech Forums at all the Chapters.  Currently there are 6 Chapter cities and our mentorship program has seen nearly 2000 women graduates!  

 

Contact:  info.wil@womeninleadership.ca T: 1-250-764-0009

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