Today the Women's Executive Network named Canada's 100 most powerful women and several in the technology space were recognized.
Rafati, who is the founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp, won the Sun Life Financial Arts & Communications Award, which honours visionaries who have had an "immeasurable impact on the arts and communications community."
Heather Payne, the founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou, won a Glencore Trailblazers & Trendsetters Award for being a groundbreaking woman who "fearlessly navigates through new territory and leads by example" and is defined by her "determination, innovation, and ambitious spirit." Payne is also an emeritus contributor to Techvibes, the author of "How to Join a Startup in 7 Steps."
Nini Baird of Telus, Shannon Rogers of Global Relay, and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht of MaRS Discovery District were also recognized.
"Ilse possesses that rare combination of keen intellect, acute business sense and celebrated leadership skills, so I think it fitting that she will be inducted into WXN's Hall of Fame this year," said Gordon Nixon, President and CEO, RBC and Chair of the MaRS Board. "This honour, coupled with WXN's Top 100 Award—her fourth since 2009—recognizes her as a consistent and key driver of Canada's innovation agenda, both here at home and internationally."
The WXN awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1997, WXN has created and delivered networking, mentoring and professional and personal development opportunities for women in leadership roles.
"Every year we see the high quality of female leadership in this country as we review the applications for these Awards," said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, WXN. "The 2013 Top 100 Winners are a testament to the broad range of talent and leadership found in Canada and we believe that by recognizing and sharing the accomplishments of these women, we are encouraging the next generation to reach higher so that one day there will be no ceiling, just possibility."