NEW Canada spreads Network's mission across the border
Monday, November 22, 2010
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mira Todorovitch at email@example.com.
Arlene Minott of Wal-Mart Canada helped launch NEW Canada at
the 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.