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Ivey alumnae and current student recognized as Canada’s Most Powerful Women

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  • Dec 2, 2020
Ivey alumnae and current student recognized as Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Five Ivey alumnae and one current student have been named recipients of the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award from the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), which recognizes some of Canada's highest-achieving women. The award recipients will have their actions and accomplishments celebrated at a virtual gala on December 3.  

Here’s a look at the Ivey women who made the list:

Sandra Bosela, HBA ’97
Bosela is a recipient in the Intact Professionals category, which recognizes women who are professionals in practice and play a leadership role within their organizations.

Bosela is Co-Head Private Markets Group, Global Head of Private Equity, OPTrust, and a two-time Top 100™ winner. She leads OPTrust’s global private equity program and also serves as a board member of the Business Development Bank of Canada. She is an advocate for the sponsorship, promotion, and advancement of women in the industry.

Roopa Davé, HBA ’04, CPA, CA
Davé is a recipient in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category, which recognizes women between the ages of 30 and 45 who have been targeted for successive leadership positions within their organizations and have a proven passion for learning and innovation.

Davé is Partner, Sustainability and Impact Services at KPMG in Canada. She works with organizations to address significant societal challenges like inequality and climate change. A trained CPA, Davé identified early the challenges for traditional financial reporting to demonstrate value created, or diminished, through environmental and social performance and consequently pivoted her career to be at the forefront of these discussions

Stachen Frederick, EMBA ’21 candidate
Frederick is a recipient in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category, which recognizes women between the ages of 30 and 45 who have been targeted for successive leadership positions within their organizations and have a proven passion for learning and innovation.

Frederick is the Executive Director of Weston Frontlines Centre (WFC), a youth charity in Toronto that offers children and youth a safe, welcoming place away from the streets. She is also founder of the international organization BrAIDS for AIDS. BrAIDS for AIDS promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and provides access to resources for Black communities through culturally appropriate practices. In addition, Frederick is a Professor at Sheridan College in the School of Social Work and a consultant/grant-writing coach.

Vasie Papadopoulos, EMBA ’18
Papadopoulos is a recipient in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category, which recognizes women between the ages of 30 and 45 who have been targeted for successive leadership positions within their organizations and have a proven passion for learning and innovation.

Papadopoulos has experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and is currently Communications and Outreach Manager at Philip Morris International Canada. She is also a podcast host, shoe designer, and an accomplished travel photographer. Papadopoulos is committed to girls’ education and literacy and has a goal of building five schools in deserving communities globally.

Melissa Sariffodeen, HBA ’10
Sariffodeen is a recipient in the Manulife Science and Technology category, which recognizes women in STEM roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment.

Sariffodeen is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Learning Code. She is a celebrated digital literacy advocate dedicated to ensuring women and youth have the critical skills, confidence, and opportunities they need to thrive in our increasingly digital world. At age 11, she taught herself how to build websites using HTML and has been coding ever since.

Krista Scaldwell, EMBA ’08
Scaldwell is a recipient in the CIBC Executive Leaders category, which recognizes women aged 46 and older who exemplify what it means to be a great leader and also build confidence and champion others.

Scaldwell is Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at Canada Life and has more than two decades of public affairs and communications experience in Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the U.S. She has spent more than 20 years in the non-profit sector in management and at the board level, including Trustee of the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and chairing an annual fundraising event for the Abilities Centre.

Quotes from the award recipients

Some of the recipients shared how they feel about receiving the award. Here’s what they had to say:

I am very proud to be included on this list. Paving the way for women to succeed and bringing diverse perspectives and voices to any situation is what motivates me."

– Vasie Papadopoulos

Empowering women and young girls in Canada to leverage the power of technology for personal or professional fulfillment has been my driving force for almost a decade and to be recognized as a WXN Top 100™ Manulife Science and Technology recipient is such an honour. To be recognized along with so many incredible women and specifically to be recognized as a woman in STEM who is challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment is surreal. I'm so thankful for this honour and thankful for our team at CLC and our community of supporters who help make our work possible.”

– Melissa Sariffodeen