PwC’s Diane Kazarian and Susan Allen among Canada’s Most Powerful Women: PwC

Women's Executive Network Reveals 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners

TORONTO – December 3, 2013 – PwC is pleased to announce that Diane Kazarian (National Financial Services Leader) and Susan Allen (International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Review Group) are recipients of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. These awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

“We are thrilled that Diane and Susan have been recognized for their vision and advocacy,” says Lori-Ann Beausoleil, Chief Inclusion Officer at PwC. “We are committed to embracing diverse talent in our firm, as we believe these differences are what set us apart in the marketplace.”

Kazarian receives her award in the “KPMG Professionals” category and is honoured for fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture amongst her financial services team while also overseeing significant growth in the practice. Allen, selected in the “RBC Champions” category, is recognized for her dedication to mentorship and increasing representation and retention of women in leadership roles. Both are first-time nominees.

"Every year we see the high quality of female leadership in this country as we review the applications for these Awards,” said Pamela Jeffery, WXN Founder. “The 2013 Top 100 Winners are a testament to the broad range of talent and leadership found in Canada and we believe that by recognizing and sharing the accomplishments of these women, we are encouraging the next generation to reach higher so that one day there will be no ceiling, just possibility.”

The full list of WXN’s 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-women/.

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About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 19,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our Partners and Corporate Members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

In June 2012, WXN Founder, Pamela Jeffery was named the only Canadian resident to Fast Company's 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, in the leadership category. In its inaugural year, the League of Extraordinary Women recognized 60 women from the world's largest companies, innovative start-ups, philanthropic organizations, government and arts for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls everywhere. WXN is the only Canadian-based organization on the list. Other Charter members include Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.

As individuals, we can inspire and be inspired. To our community of members and Partners, we thank you for inspiring WXN to lead.

More information and details are available at wxnetwork.com or top100women.ca.