LCBO EXECUTIVES NAMED TWO OF CANADA'S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN BY WXN
November 23, 2016
LCBO Board Vice-Chair, Penny Lipsett and LCBO Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, Penny Wyger have been named among Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) Top100 Most Powerful Women in Canada for 2016.
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Penny Lipsett has been recognized by WXN for her achievements as a corporate director. Penny Wyger has been recognized by WXN for her achievements as a public sector leader. Both will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24.
Penny Lipsett joined the LCBO Board of Directors in 2007 and is the longest-serving board member. She began her 35-year career as a special assistant to cabinet ministers in Ottawa during the Pierre Trudeau era and, after six years, applied her political knowledge at Xerox Canada for more than a decade as Director of Corporate Affairs. From 1993 to 2004 she ran her own consulting practice, offering blue-chip clients expertise in investor/government relations and communications. She went on to become a corporate director in the public and financial sectors – many times being the sole woman on the board. At LCBO, Penny has been instrumental in helping interview and recruit potential new members, two of whom are accomplished Canadian female executives.
Penny Wyger joined LCBO as General Counsel in 2010. Her law career spans a quarter-century, beginning in the private sector as a solicitor in corporate and commercial law. However, most of her career has been devoted to the public sector, where she has overseen the legal affairs of three cities in the Greater Toronto Area and two provincial crown agencies, including the LCBO. Penny is a former member of the board of directors of Participation House and remains a strong advocate for the residents and their families. She is also part of the Cerebral Palsy Parent Council of Toronto.
As a proud supporter of women in leadership, LCBO works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Penny Lipsett and Penny Wyger to help them thrive and succeed.
Currently, more than half of LCBO’s Senior Executive Team members are women as well as four out of seven board members, including LCBO Board Chair, Bonnie Brooks.
“I have gained the utmost respect for Penny Lipsett and Penny Wyger since joining the LCBO Board in August and congratulate them for this outstanding achievement,” said LCBO Chair Bonnie Brooks, who was honoured with the same award in 2011. “Being recognized as a WXN Top 100 Award Winner is a meaningful milestone because it celebrates female leaders who push boundaries while inspiring the next generation of women to believe that anything is possible.”
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.
“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 and CEO, Sherri Stevens. “When WXN created Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, part of the purpose was celebration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here.”
Penny Lipsett and Penny Wyger join a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The full list of WXN’s 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.