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To celebrate International Women’s Day, join students, alumni and local community members to hear MS. KATHLEEN TAYLOR ’16 share her insights from a career in leadership and philanthropy. Ms. Taylor is a champion for women and diversity in the boardroom, and became the first female to lead a major Canadian bank as chair of the Board of RBC in 2014. Known for her vision and work ethic, her accomplishments represent a powerful step forward for women in boardrooms. For more information please see below for Ms. Taylor's detailed bio.

4:00 p.m. Lecture
4:40 p.m. Audience Q&A
5:00 p.m. Reception & Light Refreshments
Trent University Durham - Front Atrium
55 Thornton Road South, Oshawa
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Wednesday March 08
4:00 PM
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A Journey of Learning: Life Lessons from Business:

Ms. Taylor is also Chair of the Board of the Sick Kids Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children. She is a director of Air Canada and a member of its Audit, Finance and Risk, Pension, and Governance and Nominating Committees, a director of the Adecco Group, where she serves on the Audit Committee, and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where she serves on the Audit and Human Resources Committees. She is also a member of the Government of Ontario's Women in Business Steering Committee. 


Ms. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. She is also the former president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels Ltd. Ms. Taylor received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trent during the first Trent University Durham convocation ceremony in June of 2016 and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2015.


Ms. Taylor is the recipient of the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and received the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and has repeatedly been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. This coming June Ms. Taylor will receive the Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award, the highest distinction for corporate directors in Canada. Ms. Taylor lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.




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