Nirmala Naidoo is an award-winning television anchor and journalist who was declared “a person of extraordinary ability” by the United States Government.
Barbara became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the show for creating her social enterprise.
Patti Pon, President and CEO of Calgary Arts Development, is an avid arts champion with an extensive track record of leadership in Calgary.
A leader for more than 20 years in the energy and telecommunications industries.
The Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series profiles extraordinarily successful women.
Our speakers talk candidly about their careers, and the passion, vision and determination that drive them. They discuss our place in our society and the ethical responsibilities and consequences of our actions.
In relating their lives, you will hear about challenges as well as triumphs; humorous incidents and stories of loss; humbling moments of reflection and inspiring calls to action.
The Famous 5 Foundation’s Leadership Lunches were launched on Oct. 18, 1996 to bring women together to plan the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the "Persons" Case on Oct. 18, 1999. In 2004, Enbridge became our title sponsor. The Famous 5 Foundation is proud to continue to partner with Enbridge to present our 14th Annual Speaker Series featuring five dynamic and engaging women.
Dr. Katie Parizeau
Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Dr. Kate Parizeau is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph. She researches the social context of waste and its management and believes a society's garbage can tell us about what we value and how we understand our relationship with the environment. Kate's research has taken her to Southeast Asia and Latin America, where she has studied the community dynamics that influence waste management projects. Recent research projects include explorations of food waste in Canadian settings and informal recycling work in Buenos Aires and Vancouver. She teaches courses on social geography, urban issues, and international development, and her role as an educator has led her to advocate for mental health issues in university settings.
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Carol Kitchen, President and CEO of UFA Co-operative LTD., is committed to preserving the strong co-operative history in Alberta and continue building UFA’s success on both local and global scales.
Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 silver medal and became the Olympic freestyle champion), six World Championships, and has won three National Titles
Dr. Deborah Saucier is an accomplished academic and successful university administrator. In July 2017, Dr. Saucier joined MacEwan University as president.
Marie Henein is counted among the best of Canada’s criminal defense lawyers. A senior partner of Henein Hutchison LLP, which is recognized as one of the country’s Top Ten Litigation Boutiques, she has been the counsel on a number of high profile cases.
Emm Gryner, who grew up in Lambton County is a 3-time Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter with over 15 albums to her credit.