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For Immediate Release

December 6 , 2012

LHSC President and CEO Bonnie Adamson named one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women”

Women’s Executive Network reveals 2012 Top 100™ Winners

LONDON, OntarioLondon Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) congratulates Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and Chief Executive Officer, for receiving a prestigious Top 100™ Most Powerful Women Award in the Public Sector Leaders category.

Co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and were presented at a dinner in Toronto last evening. Gala attendees heard from Laureen Harper, who presented the Public Sector Leaders Award category, as well as from keynote speakers Jeanne Beker, international TV personality, and Bonnie Brooks, Hudson’s Bay Company President and CEO.

“Bonnie is a leader focused on strategy, quality and collaboration. She is an innovator who brings passion to the process of transformational change, while respecting, engaging and elevating the performance of those around her,” says Ruthe Anne Conyngham, Chair, LHSC Board of Directors. “Bonnie is committed to providing the best health care possible to our community, our province and our country. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I offer sincere congratulations on this well-deserved award.”

Adamson joins 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.

Adamson began her career in health care working on the frontlines as a nurse. Today she is the CEO of a billion-dollar hospital. While her exceptional leadership skills and business acumen set her above the rest, Bonnie credits her success with valuing teamwork above all and fostering the potential of every individual.

"Tremendous things happen in Ontario hospitals thanks to leaders like Bonnie Adamson," says Pat Campbell, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. “Bonnie has led high-performing organizations, often through difficult and transformational times, such as the 2003 SARS health care crisis while at North York General. She is a highly regarded leader with a passion for health care leadership and collaboration."

“On behalf of WXN, we congratulate each of this year’s winners who we honour as part of our 10-year anniversary of the Top 100™ Awards,” says Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women’s Executive Network. “This is an extraordinary group of female leaders that 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.”

The complete list of 2012 Top 100™ Award Winners can be found at top100women.ca

About the Women’s Executive Network
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 to Fast Company’s 2012 League of Extraordinary Women in the leadership category. 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. She is the only Canadian resident on the list; WXN is the only Canadian-based organization on the list. More information and details are available at wxnetwork.com or top100women.ca.

About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca


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