Andrea Cohen Barrack of the Ontario Trillium Foundation named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Ontario Trillium Foundation top executive joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders

TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 23, 2016) –– The Ontario Trillium Foundation is pleased to announce Chief Executive Officer Andrea Cohen Barrack has been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Top 100 Awards by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) for 2016.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Andrea will receive the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters Award during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24.

Andrea joined OTF as CEO in 2012 and since then has had a profound impact by helping the Foundation make significant and inspiring transformations in its investment strategy, creating positive momentum for change, and improving the public benefit sector as a whole. Andrea’s vision also led to the development of a best-in-class open data and metrics system to both measure and tell a compelling story about the value and impact of public funds.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, OTF works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Andrea to help them thrive and succeed within the public benefit sector.

“It’s an honour to be recognized with this award, and I’m proud to be among some of this country’s most influential women. It’s very gratifying and humbling to have my success and accomplishments recognized, and I want to share this award with all my colleagues that have supported me throughout my career, and helped me become the leader and the change-maker that I am today.” said Andrea about being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.  

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“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.”

Andrea joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

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


About Andrea Cohen Barrack
Andrea Cohen Barrack is the CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation – one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. Andrea serves as the Chair of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Effective Philanthropy, a mentor with CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows and is the Chair of the Dean’s Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.


About the Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

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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 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


To arrange an interview with Ontario Trillium Foundation CEO Andrea Cohen Barrack, please contact:

Cynthia McQueen
Ontario Trillium Foundation
416.963.4561 or 1.800.263.2887 x158

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