Burlington politician named a woman of influence by global organization

Published March 8, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Women of Influence+, a global organization that promotes gender equality in the workplace, has named Burlington MP Karina Gould one of its Women of Influence for 2023.

Gould, who also serves as Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, was one of 25 people selected from across the country for the honour.

A minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet, Gould was selected for her dedication and commitment to serving Canadians.

“Minister Gould is named for her important work advancing gender equality and fighting for families in Canada, namely her role in negotiating the bilateral childcare agreements with provinces and territories, and building a historic and transformational Canada-wide early learning and childcare system as well as her contributions to Canada through her roles as Minister of Democratic Institutions and International Development,” reads a statement by Women of Influence+

The organization points out that Gould is the youngest woman appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history in 2017 when she was 29.

“I am honoured to be named as one of Canada’s 25 Women of Influence+ for 2023,” said Gould. “Congratulations to all of the inspiring women on this list. I can’t wait to meet you and see how we can work together to empower others and keep breaking down barriers!”

The Top 25 Women of Influence Awards celebrate women who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. This year’s recipients represent a diverse range of industries and sectors, each with their own unique stories of success and impact. Women of Influence+ is committed to celebrating and promoting women’s achievements and advocating for gender parity in all areas of work and life.

The 2023 Top 25 Women of Influence recipients are:

  • Cheyenne Arnold-Cunningham, Researcher at the Indigenous Law Research Unit and In-House Counsel at Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Louise Aspin, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation
  • Kirstin Beardsley, CEO, Food Banks Canada
  • Linda Biggs, Co-Founder, joni
  • Elvalyn Brown, the Black Ontario Public Services Employees (BOPSers) Network
  • Dr. Vivien Brown, Award-winning Physician
  • Margaret Coons, Founder and CEO, Nuts For Cheese
  • Jan De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
  • Lovepreet Deo, Athlete and Disability Advocate
  • Natalie Evans Harris, Executive Director, Black Wealth Data Center
  • Allison Forsyth, two-time Canadian Olympian, Safe Sport Advocate, and Partner and COO, ITP Sport and Recreation
  • Senator Rosa Galvez
  • Haben Girma, Disability Rights Lawyer
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Eva Havaris, Vice-President of Partnerships and Participation, Tennis Canada
  • Nicole Janssen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, AltaML
  • Janet Ko, President and Co-Founder, The Menopause Foundation of Canada
  • Maya Kotecha and Carly Shuler, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Hoot Reading
  • Dr. Rachel Ollivier, Maternal and Women’s Health Specialist
  • Bobbie Racette, Founder and CEO, Virtual Gurus and AskBetty
  • Paulette Senior, President and CEO, The Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Domee Shi, Oscar-winning Director, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Christine Sinclair, four-time Canadian Olympian and Professional Soccer Player
  • Suzie Yorke, CEO and Co-Founder, The Better Chocolates



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