Women on Boards

Creating Opportunities for Women on Boards

Creating Opportunities for Women on Boards

Creating Opportunities for Women on BoardsCreating Opportunities for Women on Boards

Board Ready Women

 We are a group of women who actively network and exchange ideas with the goal of increasing the awareness of Corporate, Crown and Not for Profits of the “Board Ready Women” in Calgary.


Building a Strong Network

  • We are developing a database of women who have self-identified as “Board Ready” including basic skillsets, prior Board experience, areas of interest and contact information 
  • We are also developing a database of “Board Experienced” women who are available to connect and mentor “Board Ready” women
  • We will create a repository of Board opportunities, communications, tools and techniques to assist in the purpose


Quarterly Network Meetings

We will have quarterly network meetings to share ideas and progress and provide networking opportunities with other “Board Ready” women, women with Board experience, and, on occasion, male counterparts to promote awareness and socialization of the issue of gender diversity on Boards.


Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards

   Recipients Announced for the Inaugural Calgary Influential 

Women in Business Awards

The Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards recognize business leaders in Calgary across eight award categories.

CALGARY – January 29, 2020 – Axis Connect and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the honourees of the inaugural Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Awards. Shining a spotlight on influential business leaders in Calgary, these recipients will be recognized and celebrated at the CIWB Awards Gala on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

“The number and calibre of nominations in our inaugural year was incredible,” says Heather Culbert, Board Vice Chair, Export Development Canada. “There are so many incredible and influential women in Calgary that our selection committee had the daunting challenge of choosing seven inspiring women and a distinguished male champion. Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to the members of the Selection Committee for their time and commitment to this process.”

Nominations from organizations and individuals across Calgary were submitted for consideration in the following categories: Social Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Emerging Leader, Professional Services, Small and Medium Enterprise, Large Enterprise, Lifetime Achievement and Male Champion. Honourees were chosen based on their professional accomplishments, influence, and business community involvement. Nominations were reviewed and selected by a committee of esteemed business executives including, Rona Ambrose, Ed Sims, CEO, WestJet Airlines; Mick Dilger, CEO, Pembina Pipelines; Celine Gerson, President, Schlumberger Canada; and more.

The 2020 CIWB Award recipients are:

· Lifetime Achievement: Judy Fairburn, Co-Founder The51 and Board Director for MEG Energy, Tundra Oil & Gas, PureWeb, Veerum Inc., Calgary Economic Development, and Business Council of Alberta; former Chief Digital Officer and EVP, Business Innovation at Cenovus Energy 

· Male Champion: John Osler, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault and Board Director, Calgary Economic Development

· Large Enterprise: Kerry O’Reilly Wilks, Chief Officer, Legal, Regulatory and External Affairs, TransAlta Corporation

· Professional Services: Jill Angevine, Managing Director, Palisade Capital and Board Director at Tourmaline Energy, Advantage Oil & Gas and Chinook Energy.

· Social Enterprise: Karen Young, President & CEO, United Way of Calgary & Area

· Entrepreneur: Breanne Everett, M.D., President, CEO and Co-Founder, Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc.

· Emerging Leader: Amanda Hamilton, Creative Director and Founder, Amanda Hamilton Interior Design and Palette Archives 

· Small and Medium Enterprise: Milena Radakovic, President and Owner, Nexus Exhibits and Canadian Ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)

These inspirational business leaders will be profiled in the March issue of Business in Calgary magazine. The CIWB Awards, hosted by Axis Connect and the Chamber of Commerce, will bring together more than 750 business leaders and guests at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Calgary on Thursday, March 5, 2020. This celebratory evening, led by Deborah Yedlin, Chancellor of the University of Calgary, will recognize and commemorate these seven outstanding female business leaders and one male champion. 

For more information about the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards, or to purchase tickets to the CIWB Awards, please visit: 


More information about the recipients and the full list of 2020 CIWB selection committee members are available upon request. 

About Axis Connect Corp.

Axis Connect Corp is a non-profit in Calgary that was established to connect, collaborate and champion women in Calgary. Its mandate is to unite more than 80 organizations focused on women's initiatives in Calgary.

About the Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Awards

The Calgary Influential Women in Business (CIWB) Awards recognize the incredible business leaders advancing women in Calgary. Honourees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, influence and business community involvement. The CIWB Awards recognizes seven outstanding female business leaders and one male champion for women in Calgary and celebrates their accomplishments. 

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A message from our Founders

Heather Culbert

Heather Culbert

Heather Culbert

" I am a proud Albertan and have had significant career opportunities in Calgary over the past 30 years. I am surrounded by strong women and men who have worked hard to develop an incredible track record of success in Corporate Calgary and our Community - regardless of the challenges.
I encourage all of us to work together and develop better gender diversity and inclusion in the Board room as the current statistics in Alberta relative to the rest of Canada are lagging significantly.  Let's show leadership and recognize the value that all leaders, both women and men, can create together."

Jennifer Koury

Heather Culbert

Heather Culbert

 “Alberta is full of talented and competent women who can add tremendous value to Boards across Canada in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.   We know that women make a difference to the bottom-line and we need to leverage this talent.     We believe that this initiative will support and encourage women in their board career journey and I’m thrilled to part of this important work.” 

Linda Hohol

Andrea Goertz

Andrea Goertz

 “I was appointed a VP at CIBC in 1988, one of the first female executives in banking at that time…..and 30 years later, not much has changed. Women represent  half of our population, have equal  and in some cases better educaton, and yet are under represented in boardrooms and leadership positions across Canada, but most particularly in Alberta. This must change. The diversity and perspective that women bring to leadership teams/boardrooms and their contribution to the discussions and decisions that take place in these environments, is incredibly valuable. Organizations and companies that miss this opportunity  will not do as well, in my opinion.” 

Andrea Goertz

Andrea Goertz

Andrea Goertz

“Canada’s place in a rapidly changing global context is of prime importance, and the competitiveness of our industries, our ability to attract foreign investment, and the strength of our economy is paramount. We need all of our experienced talent driving increased economic performance of our companies, building our society, and strengthening our communities, including women in our Boardrooms who lead with grit and grace.” 

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