TORONTO, October 30th, 2023 – WXN (Women’s Executive Network) and its partners proudly announce the 2023 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, recognizing 103 women across Canada who make a transformational difference in their fields and actively shape a more inclusive future, especially in underrepresented areas. The 2023 winners will be celebrated in person at the 21st annual Top 100 Awards Gala, hosted at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto on November 30.

“It takes a powerful woman to lead like a legend in her field, organization or community, and it takes a powerful woman to empower those around her to do the same,” said Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN.

Ami Shah, Peekapak CEO and co-founder, is honoured to be a winner of the Canada’s Most Power Women: Top 100 Award, in the Compass Rose Entrepreneurs category – A category that recognizes female founders who own and operate businesses and bring to the table their bold enthusiasm.

“I am incredibly grateful to have received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award from the Women’s Executive Network. This recognition is not just an honour for me, but a testament to the amazing team at Peekapak, our dedicated educators, and the inspiring students we serve. Together, we are making a meaningful impact on education, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead this journey. Let’s continue to inspire empathy, kindness, and positive change in the world says Ami Shah.

The Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada. The awards are presented to remarkable women in 12 categories:

  • Canadian Tire Community Impact
  • Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs, presented by Postmedia
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Amex Emerging Leaders
  • Compass Rose Entrepreneurs
  • Executive Leaders
  • RBC Future Launch Future Leaders
  • Professionals
  • CPKC Skilled Trades
  • Women of Courage, presented by Richardson Wealth
  • WXN Hall of Fame

“We stand on the shoulders of giants. Our winners show us how powerful we are today through the continued legacy that weaves through all 21 years of the Top 100 Awards. They also forge a brighter future for Canada through the legends they create every single day,” Stevens said.

That legacy includes iconic Top 100 winners such as The Honourable Rona Ambrose, former leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons; Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, global activist, head of the House of Mandela and the daughter of Nelson Mandela; The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons; Melissa Grelo, co-host of CTV’s The Social; Michele Romanow, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist; and Susan Aglukark, award-winning musician.

Since it began in 2012, the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards have recognized and celebrated a total of 1,628 extraordinary women.

About Peekapak

Peekapak is an award-winning educational technology company that creates social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade students. The company’s research-based program helps students develop critical skills such as empathy, resilience, and self-regulation, and has researched 900k of teachers and students globally. Peekapak is committed to helping districts and schools create a positive learning environment where all students can thrive.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Ami Shah, please contact: Kaitlyn Hall, Chief of Staff,

About WXN
WXN (Women’s Executive Network), 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.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Sherri Stevens, please contact: Garry Atkinson, Research & Analytics Manager

About Kaitlyn Hall

Kaitlyn works alongside the CEO to help cross functionally provide support and leadership. In this role, Kaitlyn works to help operationally support the organization and ensure we meet each department's goals.

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