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Sherry Peister of Green Shield Canada named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner Green Shield Canada top executive joins community of Canada’s most successful women leaders

November 23, 2016

Toronto, Ontario (November 23, 2016) –– Green Shield Canada (GSC) is pleased to announce Sherry Peister, Chair of the Board of Directors has been named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Sherry – who will receive the Accenture Corporate Directors Award which recognizes the accomplishments of professional women in leadership roles – will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24, 2016.

Sherry was appointed as GSC’s first female Board Chair in 2010. Since then, she has had a profound impact on advancing GSC’s strategic direction and mission by recognizing the ever-evolving nature of the health and dental benefits industry and being a strong advocate for change. Specifically, her passionate and unwavering commitment to good corporate governance has led to the introduction of new competency, recruitment, and evaluation policies for Board Directors, as well as new succession planning and risk oversight measures.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, GSC believes that balanced diversity within an organization or on a board can be organically achieved with the right structures and processes in place, and a conscious mandate to do so. Under Sherry’s leadership, GSC’s commitment to diversity has advanced.

“Sherry has helped GSC make big strides in ensuring diversity by spearheading an amendment to the GSC General Operating By-law that now requires no more than two-thirds of the Board of Directors to be of a single gender,” explains Steve Bradie, GSC President and CEO. “In addition to gender diversity, Sherry is ensuring that board recruitment efforts include consideration of skill, experience, age, education, cultural, and geographic diversity.”

“Women are not just leading companies, headlines and new deals, we’re doing so in record numbers. In addition to closing the gender gap for participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, we’re excelling at the top levels of every sector,” says WXN Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens. “When WXN created Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, part of the purpose was celebration. By recognizing a community of now 939 remarkable women, we get the opportunity to look back and appreciate the hard work and hurdle jumping it took to get here.”

The full list of WXN’s 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at

About Sherry Peister

Sherry Peister is the Chair of both the GSC Board of Directors and the GSC Foundation. A licensed pharmacist, she served as President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association from June 2013 to June 2014. Sherry has been active with both her profession and her community having served on the Ontario Pharmacists Association (President), Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Ontario College of Pharmacists, the Waterloo Region Wellington Dufferin District Health Council and the Advisory Council of the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo. Sherry has been a GSC Board member since 1997.

About Green Shield Canada

As Canada’s only national not-for-profit health and dental benefits specialist, GSC offers group and individual health and dental benefits programs and administration services. But our reason for being is the enhancement of the common good. We seek out innovative ways to improve access to better health for Canadians. From coast-to-coast, our service delivery includes drug, dental, extended health care, vision, hospital and travel benefits for groups, as well as programs with a focus on individuals. Supported by unique claim management strategies, advanced technology and exceptional customer service, we create customized programs for two million plan participants nation-wide.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our global community of more than 22,000 women, men and their organizations. 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 led by CEO Sherri Stevens, owner of the award-winning, multi-million dollar Workforce Management Company Stevens Resource Group Inc., which she established in 1990. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

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For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with GSC Chair of the Board Sherry Peister or WXN Owner and CEO Sherri Stevens, please contact:

Samantha Detwiler
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 246

Gabi Eliasoph
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 287

Sarah Murphy
Green Shield Canada
416-221-7001 ext.4278