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NEW Canada spreads Network's mission across the border

Monday, November 22, 2010  
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The Network of Executive Women launched NEW Canada at the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors Ontario Conference Nov. 17 in Toronto. NEW Canada is the Network's first group outside the United States.

Addressing a crowd of more than 1,500 industry leaders, NEW Canada committee members Stacey Kravitz, customer vice president, regional accounts  at Kraft Canada, and Arlene Minott, senior manager, employer of the community at Wal-Mart Canada, said NEW Canada will further the Network's mission to attract, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry.

"NEW Canada will offer industry-specific best practices on diversity, recruitment and retention,” Kravitz said, "and foster networking and connections virtually and through conferences and regional events, as well as provide workshops, webinars and other tools to help companies develop future leaders, meet their diversity goals and implement business strategies.”

NEW Canada will grow through regional groups headquartered in Toronto and, over time, other parts of Canada. Leveraging the support of their U.S. counterparts, Canadian regional committees of retailers, manufacturers and industry partners will focus on best practices based on local and national needs.

"As the first region outside the United States, NEW Canada will pave the way for future international expansion,”said NEW Executive Director Joan Toth."Through active and passionate committee members, the start-up process has been a thoughtful one, with support from Walmart and other key NEW sponsors and industry suppliers. We appreciate the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors for giving us the platform to launch NEW Canada and to gain support from all of the major chains in Canada.”

The inaugural meeting of NEW Canada was held in late June at Kraft Canada, headquarters in Don Mills, Ontario. Sixteen companies are represented on the NEW Canada committee.

NEW Canada committee officers include Co-Chair for Programs Karen Young, general manager for 
Nestlé Waters Canada; Secretary Lori Galati Aguiar, director of human resources for The Clorox Co. of Canada; and Treasurer Mira Tordorovitch, director of customer finance for Kraft Canada. Also on the committee are Event Planning Subcommittee Chair Janine Johnston, director of human resources for Acosta and Public Relations Subcommittee Chair Gabby Nobrega, principal of Breakthrough Communications.

NEW board members Regenia Stein, vice president of business performance, industry development and communications for Kraft Foods, and Chelle Moore, vice president of international human resources for Walmart, played significant roles in the launch of NEW Canada, Toth noted. Industry veteran Helayne Angelus, principal for Kalypso, led the start-up committee.

"The conference theme, Winning Together: Insights into Action’ aptly framed the launch of NEW Canada,” said Michelle Scott, CCGD vice president events and Grand Prix. "The focus of the conference was getting to the heart of the issues that are shaping the industry and working in collaboration to find win-win opportunities. This is very much the promise NEW Canada offers, taking the insights we are constantly gaining about the opportunities of diversity and leadership and working together as an industry to address them.”

For more information contact on Network activities in Canada contact NEW Director of Client Services Nancy Krawczyk at  or Mira Todorovitch at

Arlene Minott of Wal-Mart Canada helped launch NEW Canada at
Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors Ontario Conference.

Kraft Canada Customer Vice President, Regional Accounts Stacey Kravitz,
 a NEW Canada committee member,  detailed the Network's mission.

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