Nov 28, 2014


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Sharon Carry named Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

TORONTO - Bow Valley College (BVC) is pleased to announce that Sharon Carry, AOE, President and CEO of Bow Valley College, has been named a Women's Executive Network's (WXN) 2014 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.  

The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada's strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.

Carry joins an elite group of Top 100 Award Winners that includes some of Canada's most iconic women trailblazers, such as Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; and Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

"I'm delighted to receive the WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 award. The WXN recognizes the great talent and skills of female leaders in diverse fields such as banking, journalism, higher education, health care, and not-for-profits, and I am truly honoured to be joining their ranks. At Bow Valley College all of our executive team are females, and I look forward to the day that such diversity is reflected in all Canadian companies."

Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards celebrate and highlight professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is undertaking efforts to promote more female leaders into board and executive office positions.  

"Despite ever-changing styles and tastes, great leadership is timeless," says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. "Top 100 Award Winners are a testament to the incredible range of female talent and leadership in Canada and proof that change is happening, with more women earning a place at the highest levels of Canadian organizations."

BVC is proud of Carry for receiving this esteemed award. She is a recognized leader in the education field, who continues to focus her efforts on the transformative potential of education to change the lives of adult learners. Under her leadership, the College has nearly doubled enrolment; expanded its reach; introduced dozens of new programs; embraced a new mandate as Calgary and region's one and only comprehensive community college; and substantially increased revenues, largely through entrepreneurial efforts. To meet the growing demands of the workplace, the College has completed a $300 million campus expansion project to create access to careers for some 20,000 full-and part-time students.

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Editor's Note

The full list of WXN's 2014 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winners.

gala to celebrate the top 100 Awards will be held on Nov 27, 2014, at 5:15 p.m., at the Toronto Convention Centre.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards.

Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 14,000 full- and part-time students, is a leader in business and health career training, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning. BVC's Test of Workplace Essential Skills, workplace training for immigrant professionals and employment services provide a wide range of services for businesses and professionals. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kelly Lynn Armstrong                                    
Harbinger Communications                         
416-960-5100 ext. 241                               

Catherine Flint
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 226

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