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York U’s Lisa Philipps receives “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” award from the Women’s Executive Network

York U’s Lisa Philipps receives “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” award from the Women’s Executive Network

York U Senior administrator and professor at Osgoode Hall Law School recognized as an iconic female leader

TORONTO, November 23, 2017 – York University’s Lisa Philipps,  professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and interim vice-president academic & provost, has been named one of this year’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network (WXN).

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks.

Lisa Philipps joined York in 1996 as a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2017, she was named interim provost and vice-president academic when her predecessor Rhonda L. Lenton was appointed York’s president and vice-chancellor.  Philipps leads the senior academic administrative team in the areas of academic planning, institutional change management, the alignment of academic priorities and resources, and strategic enrolment and complement planning. She serves as director of research policy on the board of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a national non-profit organization and is a member of the Provincial Judges Pension Board.

“I am grateful for the leadership that Lisa has brought to Osgoode Hall Law School for many years, and now, to the broader university community in her role as interim provost and vice-president academic,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. “Having such talented women in the most senior roles is vitally important across all sectors, and Lisa is an outstanding example of a woman in leadership who continually goes above and beyond not only in her day-to-day job, but who also takes time to encourage and mentor future women leaders.”

Philipps, who will receive the award in the PwC Public Sector Leaders category, will be honoured during a gala celebration on Nov. 23. The full list of winners is on the WXN’s 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women website.

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.


Media contact:

Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094,