Recognizing Canada's top talent creates community of support for current and future generationsTORONTO, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The Women's Executive Network (WXN) unveiled the list of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, who will be recognized during a gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's leading female executives who have raised their voices, overturned obstacles, empowered the voiceless and paved a path for the next generation. The Awards also applaud the organizations and networks that support them. "Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we're doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we're excelling at the top levels of every sector," says WXN Owner & CEO, Sherri Stevens. "The purpose of the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is about celebration and inspiration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back, appreciate the hard work it took to get here and show the next generation of leaders what's possible." Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and are given to remarkable women in nine different categories: BMO Arts & Communications, RBC Champions, Accenture Corporate Directors, Scotiabank Corporate Executives, CIBC Entrepreneurs, TELUS Future Leaders, KPMG Professionals, PwC Public Sector Leaders, Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters, plus the inaugural Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Deloitte. Among the incredible women receiving Top 100 Awards this year are Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News; Jennifer Tory, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC; and Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada. This year, 11 women will also be inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, including Karen Flavelle, CEO, Purdys Chocolatier; and Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire. Past Award Winners include some of Canada's most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, Best-Selling Author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; and Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music. In addition to honouring the 2016 Award Winners, the Gala features a keynote presentation by Stacey Allaster, Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee, USTA Chief Executive for Professional Tennis and Former WTA Chairman & CEO. WXN is also proud to welcome back Anne-Marie Mediwake, Co-Host of Your Morning, as emcee for the evening. Earlier in the day, guests can attend the Leadership Summit, which delivers networking and inspiration on how, when and why to "Raise Your Voice." Keynote speakers include Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, 2011 & 2016 Award Winner; Lieutenant-General, Canadian Forces; Natasha Walji, 2016 Award Winner, Head of Industry, Branded Apparel, Google; and Cathy Sobocan, Voice & Presentation Skills Coach, Raise Your Voice Coaching. For the full Winner list and more information, visit www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.