Three Deloitte leaders recognized as Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016
Building an inclusive culture
Congratulations to Shannon MacDonald, Nathalie Tessier and Karen Werger, recognized among the winners of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. These talented women were selected by the Women’s Executive Network for their exceptional personal and professional accomplishments, as well as their contributions to their communities. At Deloitte, we believe there is strength in diversity and inclusion, so we are especially proud to celebrate these inspirational leaders and all the talented women across our firm.
Winner, RBC Champions category
Shannon MacDonald is a Vice Chair and the Chief Inclusion Officer for Deloitte Canada and a member of the firm’s Global Board of Directors. This is the third time she has been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2010, 2012).
As an RBC Champion, Shannon was recognized for her community service and impact on other women and her actions as a role model and change agent.
Shannon is a trusted leader and has had a sustained positive impact on Deloitte. Her success at balancing client responsibilities with strategic imperatives reveals a strong role model for women in the firm. As Shannon has repeatedly moved into roles previously not held by women, while holding fast to her own deep-rooted values and feminist views, she embodies an approachable leader who many admire.
Some examples of her impact include mentoring and advocating for women through several channels, including canWin (Canadian Women’s Initiative), one of the firm’s employee resource groups and Pride (our LGBTQ network), designing and implementing an Inclusion Data Analytics tool to enable a deep dive into the firm to pull insights into workforce composition, advancing efforts to address and mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace and inviting WXN CEO and other business leaders to participate in a Deloitte-hosted webcast as part of the firm’s “Directors’ Series”, which she chaired. The webcast, called, “Diversity in the boardroom: Moving beyond the “Why””, discussed the status of women on corporate boards, challenges and opportunities for advancement.
In the community, Shannon makes time to volunteer, sitting on the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, mentoring start-ups and entrepreneurs, leading courses in her church, co-chairing a council on Inclusive Leadership for the Ontario Government and sitting on the Partnership Council of Employers for Persons with Disabilities for the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
Winner, Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters
Nathalie Tessier is the Managing Partner, Audit and a member of Deloitte Canada’s Executive Committee.
The Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category recognizes women who are breaking new ground or traditional barriers, impacting Canadian society, and demonstrating leadership skills and community service.
In the world of Audit, Nathalie is a true trailblazer. Over the years, each role or responsibility that she has taken on within Deloitte are all “firsts” for a woman, in what has traditionally been a male-dominated environment.
She is one of the youngest women ever to be admitted into the firm’s partnership (at the age of 33). She was the first female Audit Director of Operations in Montreal. In June, Nathalie became the Managing Partner, Audit – the first female Audit leader at Deloitte Canada.
She has also taken on these leadership “firsts”, while juggling the demands of personal and family life with two children and many community service commitments. As a result of her many ground-breaking responsibilities, her example of work-life harmony and her championing of non-standard, flexible work models in her practice, Nathalie is a significant role model for women across the firm and she has created a leadership path for other women to follow at Deloitte.
Nathalie is also dedicated to advancing the visibility and profile of French Canadian women in both national and global business markets. Before her appointment as the Managing Partner, Audit, she was Deloitte’s first French-Canadian Audit Director of Operations and was the first French-Canadian Managing Partner, Quality & Risk.
Along with these efforts, Nathalie has enhanced the public trust for corporations and large institutions through the modernization of Deloitte independence compliance – a model that is being adopted internationally by other member firms.
Winner, KPMG Professionals category
Karen Werger is a Partner and the Toronto Marketplace Leader for Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice. As a leader, Karen was honoured for championing the role of women and visible minorities within the firm, generating profitable growth for her service line and the firm, launching and running numerous leadership development programs for both team members and clients and continuously challenging the status quo and existing notions of what is achievable.
In 2006, Karen co-founded canWin, Deloitte’s women’s people network (employee resource group) along with our now-Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Frank Vettese. With Frank’s sponsorship, Karen recruited other women across multiple disciplines in Deloitte to join her in creating a much needed group to help women realize their full potential. This group serves as an advocate on gender equality issues in the firm, and has greatly enhanced the connectivity and sense of belonging of its members within the firm.
Karen is also a model to others in balancing work and making time to lead charitable and philanthropic endeavors. Karen actively supports multiple organizations within the Jewish community, including the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), the Jewish National Fund (JNF), and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies. She has served as a board member at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and acted as Deloitte’s GTA Champion for the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, the proceeds of which benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Additionally, she and her husband try to set an example for their three young children by including them in various fundraising events such as the UJA Walk for Israel, the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk, the JNF Step Up event and the Multiple Myeloma walk.