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Rotman School Professor and Graduates Named as Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2022 by Women’s Executive Network

October 19, 2022

Toronto – Sarah Kaplan, a professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has been namedby the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) to the 2022 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners. Two graduates of Rotman degree programs were also honoured.

This year’s celebration recognizes 105 outstanding women across Canada who create meaningful change in the way they lead within their organizations and communities. Prof. Kaplan was recognized in the Professionals category.

Shelly-Ann Rampersad, MBA’15, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Maple (, was honoured in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category.

Beth Wilson, BCom’91, Vice-Chair, CPA Canada, was named the WXN Hall of Fame. She is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School.

In addition, three other women who graduated from the Rotman School’s Executive Programs, including the Directors Education Program, were honoured.

  • Katherine (Kathy) Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone
  • Kim Keating, Chair, Major Drilling Inc.; Corporate Director, Yamana Gold Inc. and Drax Group PLC
  • Priscilla Luna, SVP Enterprise Pharmacy Operations and Transformation, Shoppers Drug Mart

Prof. Kaplan is Distinguished Professor, Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), and Professor of Strategic Management, at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book,Creative Destruction. Her latest book—The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation—is based on her award-winning course at the Rotman School. Her current research focuses on applying an innovation lens to social challenges such as gender inequality. She was a strategic lead in developing the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada. In 2020, she co-authored with Peter Dey, 360º Governance: Where are the Directors in a World in Crisis which outlines corporate director responsibilities for the 21stcentury. She regularly advises corporations, governments and agencies on policies related to environmental, social and governance issues such as board diversity, board governance, care work, employment, pay equity, gender-based analysis and other topics. Formerly a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and an innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company, she earned her PhD at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

WXN will celebrate each 2022 winner in person at its 20th annual Top 100 Awards Gala held in Toronto on November 17.

Women's Executive Network(WXN), a member-based organization, is North America’s #1 and only organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of professional women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. WXN operates in Canada and the U.S.

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Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto