One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women is All About Helping Entrepreneurs

Ilse Treurnicht has been recognized by the Woman’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Woman for 2011, specifically in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category. This is her second appearance in the top 100 list (she was first honoured in 2009). 

“I congratulate Ilse on this achievement and find it very fitting that she should win an award celebrating women who have had a measurable impact on Canadian society,” said Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC and Chairman of MaRS. “She is not only a visionary but also an industrious, hands-on leader who is at the vanguard of Canada’s innovation mission. Ilse is quite unique given her experience and success as an academic, operator, investor and manager. Through her work, she is creating the country’s next generation of technology companies and our future as a creative society.”

Ilse, a graduate of Oxford University, joined the MaRS Discovery District as CEO in 2005, formerly an entrepreneur herself.

“MaRS is extremely fortunate to have a truly extraordinary leader,” said Dr. John Evans, Chair Emeritus of MaRS Discovery District. “Ilse has led MaRS through a remarkable transformation from its initial concept to a dynamic organization that successfully brings together business, science and risk capital to build strong, globally competitive companies in Canada.”

The WXN was founded in 1997 and has been ranking Canada’s most powerful woman since 2003. Only 584 different woman have earned a spot on the list so far.

“We are thrilled to recognize this year’s extraordinary group of Top 100 Winners, honouring leadership talent from coast to coast,” said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women’s Executive Network. “Our Top 100 Winners form an amazing community of high-achieving women who are inspirations to Canada’s next generation of leaders.”