2018 Circle of Luminaries Award Nominations
It's time to submit your nominations for the Circle of Luminaries Awards! The awards will be presented at the 2018 World Leadership Conference taking place in Miami, Florida, October 24-25. We anticipate a large Canadian contingent in attendance to celebrate our deserving award winners! The criteria for the award is as follows:
Award candidates will have illuminated IWF Canada's vision, mission and values through their overall contributions towards advancing the role of women locally, nationally and globally.
Members are encouraged to nominate a deserving member in good standing (unless deceased) who has made a significant impact and who is (or was) recognized as an influential community leader locally, nationally and internationally.
The nomination form for the IWFC Circle of Luminaries is attached. Please note: the deadline for submitting nominations is August 1, 2018. Email your nominations to: email@example.com
As you are considering your nominations, following are the 2017 inaugural Circle of Luminaries award recipients - all wonderful examples of trailblazing innovators who have made vital contributions to championing women’s leadership.
Micheline Bouchard (Montréal Chapter) is a professional engineer, recognized business leader and experienced corporate director. Ms. Bouchard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique, Montréal. Ms. Bouchard is the former President & CEO of ART Advanced Research Technologies, a biomedical company. She previously served as Global Corporate Vice-President, Enterprise Services of Motorola Inc. in Chicago after serving as President & CEO of Motorola Canada in Toronto. She has received numerous awards and honors in addition to five honorary doctorates from major Canadian universities. In addition to her impressive professional and educational accomplishments Micheline has also served on several community, professional engineering, business and women’s groups. She is a former President of IWF Canada, a member of the Order of Canada and of the National Order of Quebec.
Before marrying a Canadian, Ann Medina (Toronto Chapter) was a Producer for NBC News, and then a Network Correspondent and Documentary Producer for ABC News. In Canada, she became a Senior Foreign Correspondent for CBC's The Journal and, in 1983-84, was the Beirut Bureau Chief. Her topical documentaries aired regularly on BBC and PBS. She also moderated three Federal Election Debates. Throughout her career, she has been a popular public speaker. Ann is Past Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and has served on numerous boards including Humber College, TVO, Calmeadow Foundation and the IWF International Board. She also Chaired its Presidents' Council in addition to Co-chairing the 2003 IWF Leadership Conference in 2003. She has received the YWCA 'Woman of Distinction' award and, in 2010, was included in the 'Top 100 Most Powerful Women'. She has received five honorary degrees including one from the University of Toronto.
Alison Youngman (Toronto chapter) passed away in 2009 at 61 years following a courageous battle with cancer. A senior partner with Stikeman Elliott, Alison embodied entrepreneurial spirit, launching the firm's first marketing group and promoting the adoption of new technologies before it was fashionable to do so. A true champion of IWF Canada, Alison served as President of IWFC as well as on the global board of directors of the IWF Leadership Foundation. In 2008, she was co-recipient of IWF's Sustainable Leadership Award. She chaired the national board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and spearheaded Stikeman Elliott's participation and contributions to the annual CBCF-CIBC Run for the Cure. Of her volunteering and community involvement, she once said, "Volunteering is the gift that keeps growing." Alison's friends will remember her unflagging delight in camaraderie and laughter. Stricken with lung cancer, she asked for just two things: stories and jokes. She also got a bonus: a stream of outrageous, baldness-concealing hats from IWF colleagues in Calgary - one of which she modelled in the halls of Princess Margaret (with matching boa) to the delight of nurses and patients. Alison was a leader to the end who defined her life as a lawyer, volunteer and champion of women’s leadership