Celebrating 10th anniversary of Top 100 Awards, Women's Executive Network reveals 2012 winners

Toronto (December 4, 2012) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) proudly announces that Linda Bertoldi and Noella Milne have been selected to receive a prestigious 2012 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. The Women's Executive Network honours Linda in the Professionals category, which recognizes women who play a senior leadership role within their organization. In the Trailblazers & Trendsetters category, Noella is honoured as a pioneer in her field and for her great contributions to Canadian society.

Marking a decade of celebrating female leaders, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) revealed the recipients of the 10th annual Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.  Each year, these awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

"This important distinction recognizes the talents, contributions and career successes of these two inspirational women," said Sean Weir, National Managing Partner of BLG. "This award reaffirms our commitment to fostering the development of our women professionals as leaders in our Firm and in the community. Warmest congratulations to Linda and Noella on behalf of the whole Firm.”

Linda and Noella join a community of 653 women who have received the Top 100™ Award over the last decade, recognizing the highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada. Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization’s financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

Linda Bertoldi is a senior partner in the Toronto office of BLG and is chair of the National Electricity Markets Group. Linda is a leader in the power sector. She was at the forefront of developing the electricity markets practice at BLG and has represented clients in all aspects of the Canadian electricity sector since 1987. She has been a mentor to many lawyers and plays an important role in the strategic direction of the Firm. Linda serves on the Board of Directors of various industry associations and is a dedicated member of the Patrons Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

Noella Milne is a senior partner in the Toronto office of BLG. Noella primarily practises in areas of Commercial Real Estate and Infrastructure Projects. As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto Law School, and through her involvement with the Canadian Club and the Children’s Aid Society, Noella has played a significant role in changing attitudes towards minorities and women in the Canadian legal community. Noella’s significant contribution to the community over the past 25 years was recognized when she was appointed to the Order of Ontario earlier this year and received The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“On behalf of the WXN community of 18,000 women, we congratulate each of this year’s Winners who we honour as part of the 10th year of the Top 100 Awards,” said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women’s Executive Network. “This is an extraordinary group of female leaders who join our community, and they truly embody the qualities WXN strives to recognize; they are dynamic, inspiring and engaging leaders blazing new trails for the next generation.”

Co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, WXN has awarded an outstanding group of women this year from a variety of industries ranging from corporate executives and entrepreneurs to trailblazers and trendsetters changing the world with their professional contributions. This year, WXN celebrates a decade of the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, paying tribute to the 653 incredible women who have received this honour to date, including 88 of whom who have joined the Top 100 Hall of Fame. The complete list of 2012 Top 100 Award Winners can be found at top100women.ca

Linda and Noella will be celebrated on December 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, where the Top 100 Award Winners will lead WXN’s afternoon leadership Summit, appropriately themed “An Afternoon of Inspired Leadership,” offering insight to the more than 400 women in attendance. Award Winners will then be celebrated at the Top 100 Awards 10th annual Gala Dinner that evening. Gala attendees will hear from Laureen Harper, who will present the Public Sector Leaders Award category, as well as from keynote speakers Jeanne Beker, entrepreneur and TV personality, and Bonnie Brooks, Hudson’s Bay Company President and CEO.

Top 100 Awards enjoys a strong commitment from corporate supporters. For a complete list of Partners, click here http://www.top100women.ca/?w=top100.toronto.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration. For further information, visit blg.com.

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 18,000 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 recognizes 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.  

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For more information, please contact:

Alison Reed
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jennifer Britton
North Strategic (for WXN)