Jennifer Bernard awarded WXN 2020 Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Accenture

2020-12-01 9:00:27 AM

Jennifer Bernard, President and CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation awarded Women’s Executive Network 2020 Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Accenture
TORONTO, ON – Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) is proud to share that Jennifer Bernard, President and CEO, WCHF has been recognized among Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners as the 2020 recipient of the Inclusion Vanguard Award, presented by Accenture.
The Inclusion Vanguard Award recognizes a leader who has made a profound, thoughtful and measurable impact on diversity, who champions others and who betters the experience in the community around them.
Through her passionate commitment to advancing equity, inclusion and diversity, Jennifer embodies all that the Inclusion Vanguard Award celebrates.  
“I have always been drawn to opportunities where I can create meaningful change and progress towards inclusion for everyone,” says Jennifer. “Unfortunately, we know that many people are still left out – of representation in leadership, of equal opportunities, access to healthcare, and more. That is why I am so passionate about advancing equity. It recognizes the systemic issues that disadvantage people and acknowledges the need for those issues to be corrected in order for us to achieve a just society for all.”
As the first Black CEO of a hospital foundation in Canada, Jennifer is leading by example. “Representation matters,” she says. “I want other young women and women of colour to see themselves in leadership positions, and to understand that their highest ambitions and loftiest goals are within their reach. Being honoured with this prestigious award is yet another proof point of that.”
The Inclusion Vanguard Award is one of 13 Top 100 categories that honour remarkable women across Canada who advocate for workforce diversity and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.
“In a difficult year, we’ve been inspired by Canada’s highest achieving women who unite those around them and help us all rise above our challenges,” said Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO, WXN. “These powerful women continue to lead the way, which is why it’s important to celebrate their achievements.”
The Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada.
For a full list of winners, please click here
About WXN
Women’s Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, is Canada’s #1 and only national organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancements of women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking and awards and recognition programs for members and partners.
About Women’s College Hospital
For more than 100 years, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading academic, ambulatory hospital. A champion of equitable access to healthcare, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care their receive. It is also focused on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada’s most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs.
About Women’s College Hospital Foundation
Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) is dedicated to supporting Women’s College Hospital as it revolutionizes healthcare for women. Working together with community members, patients, family members, staff, physicians and volunteers, WCHF raises, manages and invests funds to support the hospital’s current and future priority needs.

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