American Express Canada top executive joins community of Canada's most iconic women leadersTORONTO, Nov. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - American Express Canada is pleased to announce that Kerri-Ann Santaguida, Vice President and General Manager, Merchant Services, American Express Canada has been named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Kerri-Ann, who received the RBC Champions Award for making a difference in the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace, was honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24. Kerri-Ann joined American Express Canada in 2002 and has been a key member of the Canadian leadership team since taking on a Vice President role in late 2008. Throughout this time, she has had a profound impact in helping the company further develop its female empowerment initiatives and charitable programs, such as being the Executive sponsor for the Woman's Interest Network for American Express Canada employees. As a proud supporter of women in leadership, American Express Canada continuously provides opportunities for women like Kerri-Ann to help them thrive and succeed within the financial services industry. Since December 2010, American Express Canada has increased the number of women in its executive ranks from 42% to over 50%, in part due to the various programs in place to help enhance career opportunities for women. A key example is through the Women at Amex initiative, which promotes leadership and growth opportunities for women in the workplace. "I am humbled and thankful to be recognized as a winner of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award," said Kerri-Ann Santaguida, Vice President and General Manager, Merchant Services, American Express Canada. "As a champion for female development and leadership, I couldn't feel more honoured to win an award from an organization like WXN." The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what's possible.