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Ivey alumnae among Canada's most powerful women

Oct 27, 2021

L-r: Judy Fairburn, EMBA ’01; Mary Federau, MBA ’87; Zainul Mawji, MBA ’01; and Charlie Wall-Andrews, EMBA ’17

Four Ivey alumnae have been named the Most Powerful Women in Canada for 2021.

The Top 100™ award winners list from the Women's Executive Network recognizes self-identifying women from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors who inspire tomorrow's leaders. The award recipients will have their actions and accomplishments celebrated at a virtual gala on November 25.

Here’s a look at the Ivey recipients on the list:

Judy Fairburn, EMBA ’01

Judy Fairburn is a recipient of the Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by KPMG, which recognizes those who have made an impact on diversity within their organizations.

The51’s Judy Fairburn, EMBA ’01, has a track record of building collaborative, cutting-edge business ventures. The51 has built a democratized Financial Feminist™ platform and venture fund with a global community of 15,500+ and 100+ investors (90 per cent women). In addition to being Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer
of The51 Ventures Inc., Fairburn is a corporate board director and recipient of the 2020 Calgary Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary Federau, MBA ’87

Mary Federau is a recipient in the CIBC Executive Leaders category, recognizing those 46 and older who exemplify what it means to be a great leader and build confidence and champion others.

Mary Federau, MBA ’87, is the Executive Vice President of Mattamy Asset Management and plays an integral role in the organization’s growth, investment, and operations strategies. She is also Chair of the Peter Gilgan Foundation, which has donated $300 million to worthy causes.

Zainul Mawji, MBA ’01

Zainul Mawji is also a recipient in the CIBC Executive Leaders category.

Zainul Mawji, MBA ’01, is Executive Vice-president, Home Solutions at TELUS. Her expertise in scaling new technology has been foundational to how she champions her team to drive innovative experiences and solutions, focused on improving the lives of Canadians.

Charlie Wall-Andrews, EMBA ’17

Charlie Wall-Andrews is a recipient in the MLSE Arts, Sports, and Entertainment category, recognizing women who have shaped Canadian thinking, communications, and culture.

Charlie Wall-Andrews, EMBA ’17, is an entertainment industry executive and faculty member at the University of Toronto. Her work has helped countless artists turn their passion and talent into sustainable careers. She is on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture, and TELUS Community Investment Board, and is the inaugural Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council.

To be celebrated among women dedicated to making an impact in their respective communities is empowering. The cultural, economic, and social output of the creative industries is important. Nonetheless, while progress has been made to build a more inclusive sector, the creative industries continue to be fuelled with barriers and challenges for women and gender-diverse people; and Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, which is often heightened for people who may have intersecting identities. There is significant work required to challenge the status quo."

– Charlie Wall-Andrews, EMBA ’17