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Linda Galipeau

CEO North America Randstad Canada

After receiving an MBA degree in marketing and managerial economics and several years in the staffing industry, Linda Galipeau joined Randstad in 1995 as district manager in the USA. In 1997, she started the Canadian operations opening the first office in Montreal.

Over the next 11 years, she oversaw the organic growth of Randstad Canada, making it one of the leading commercial staffing firms in the country and in 2008 she was appointed President of Randstad Staffing in the USA. Appointed to the Executive Board in 2012, she is responsible for North America, Mexico and Professionals coordination.

Kirstine Stewart

Head, Twitter Canada

On April 29, 2013, Kirstine Stewart trended on Twitter when it was announced she was departing her role as executive vice-president of CBC English Services to oversee the Twitter Canada offices. For seven years, Stewart held one of the highest scrutinized jobs in Canadian television. As executive vice-president of CBC English Services, she revolutionized the network with programming that informs, educates, and entertains. Known for her leadership abilities and her many strengths in brand and vision, Kirstine opens up on-stage about what it takes to make it in the world of media, both at the helm and as a woman.

At Twitter Canada, Kristine will draw on her extensive content and production knowledge to form new content model partnerships with Twitter around the world. She will be responsible for building the Canadian market, speculated to go public in 2014.

Kirstine was appointed general manager of CBC Television in 2006. Kirstine commissioned the greatest number of Canadian content hours the CBC has ever had in prime time, and helped lead it to some of its biggest ratings in history, all while maintaining and strengthening its public broadcasting mandate.

Highly decorated, Kirstine was named Canadian Women in Communications 2010 Woman of the Year; has been recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women; is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum; and in 2006, was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. Kirstine has also been named one of Canada's Top 25 by Women of Influence magazine and Playback’s 2011 Person of the Year.

Kirstine is a founding board member of Culture Days and sits on the boards of the Banff Television and Film Festival White Knights, and Amfar. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Global Leadership in the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Isabelle Hudon

President, Sun Life Financial, Quebec

Isabelle Hudon has been Sun Life Financial’s Quebec president since August 2010. In this role she oversees activities supporting the company’s growth and commitment to the community.

Ms. Hudon is well known on the Quebec business scene for her outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Her strong business experience, boundless energy and community involvement help her forge connections among many diverse organizations.

From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Hudon was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Trade of metropolitan Montreal, where she contributed significantly to the revitalization of the Board’s Activities. She served as President of Marketel until joining Sun life Financial.

Ms. Hudon was named one of the 40 most successful Canadians under the age of 40 (Canada’s Top 40 under 40) in 2005 and was recognized in 2006 and 2012 as one of the 100 most influential women in Canada (Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100). She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for raising awareness of the important of culture in Canada. In 2011, she was named “Business Woman of the Year” by Consumer Choice Award and was recognized as Francophone Business Woman of the Year by the Reseau des femmes d’affaires francophone du Canada (RFAFC).

Ms. Hudon is very active in the business community and sits on the boards of much organization. She is currently a board member of Hydro-Quebec, Areoports de Montreal, Holt Renfrew Canada and Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX: TRQ). She was also honorary chair of the 2013 Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Gala.