National President and Chair
“The more women help one another, the more we help ourselves.”
~Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In
Lean In Canada is a community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. Since 2013, we have grown from an audience of 20 people to over 6000 members across the country in various professions. We built our organization for people just like us: professional women who are passionate about driving their careers forward to the next level and beyond, and who want to achieve greater success not only in work, but in life as a whole.
We want a world where people of every gender can pursue their dreams without bias or other barriers holding them back. Where girls grow up to be confident, resilient leaders. Where more women run companies and countries. We are driven by the belief our society and economy would be better if women and girls were valued as equal to men and boys.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Director, Network Liaison
Director, Learning and Development
National President and Chair
Passionate about challenging the systemic barriers that keep Canadians from thriving, Stacey is a highly influential & accountable Executive Lead with 18+ years of experience within the entrepreneurship, workforce, and social services eco-systems in Canada. She considers herself a “systems entrepreneur”, someone who leverages an entrepreneurial mindset, deep curiosity, and the ability to build empowered teams to solve complex problems. She skillfully builds consensus and capacity among teams, motivating others to achieve a common vision on time and within budget. She also maintains deliverables in highly intense and complex situations, pivoting as needed to meet shifting priorities and changing situations while supporting principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Leila is a senior technology marketing manager with 15 years of experience leading national teams in marketing and events for Bell. Her focus areas are next-generation technologies like cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud. As a Senior Manager on the Bell Business Markets team, Leila spends her days developing joint partner marketing strategies to enable the digital transformation of businesses and governments nationwide. She has a proven track record of increasing revenues, negotiating deals with mutual benefits and developing unique or one-of-a-kind partner opportunities. Her contribution to Lean In Canada began in 2017 and included leading events as a National Board Member and now, strategic partnerships.
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Seghen is a Senior Manager in the Healthcare Consulting practice at Deloitte where she has worked on the strategic planning and digital transformation of several academic hospitals and local health regions. Prior to Deloitte, Seghen worked in academic research as an immunologist and biosafety officer, and later in pharmaceutical advertising, navigating the complex regulatory requirements in Canada and the US. In addition to her work experience, Seghen is Epic Beaker certified, and holds a PMP, a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, a Master of Science in Microbiology & Immunology, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toronto. She also now proudly serves on the Lean In Canada board as the Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Mansi has over 14 years of sales and marketing experience with international luxury hospitality brands. Today she manages the Fairmont Brand globally for Accor which includes over 80 hotels in 29 countries. She has spent 10 years of her marketing career on the Digital side managing the online presence for brands like Fairmont, Swissotel and Raffles and 4 years on the Brand Marketing side responsible for driving awareness and top line revenue for the North America region. Today, Mansi spends her time working on global brand strategy, campaigns, programs and standards to help drive awareness and momentum for the Fairmont brand worldwide.
Outside of the meeting room, Mansi has a passion for cooking and loves hosting events with friends and family.
Torey is an experienced people leader across the management consulting, retail and telecommunications industries. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business, she joined Accenture's retail strategy practice and gained international experience working with clients from general merchandising to grocery. Her current role is Vice-President Stores Experience & Enablement at TELUS. She has a passion for leading teams and enacting change transformation in her roles.
Creating a culture that supports, progresses and empowers women in the workplace is a top priority for her. After spending two years as the Vice-President of Lean In Toronto Network, she is thrilled to be joining the Lean In Canada Board.
Outside of her professional life, you can find her up North on the weekends at her cottage enjoying the great outdoors!
Director, Network Liaison
Susan Elford is a Leadership Coach to career-loving women and PR Strategist to not-for-profits and small businesses. President and Sole Proprietor of Elford Communications and Susan Elford Coaching & Consulting, Susan stepped away from her corporate communications career in late 2002 to launch Elford Communications. Prior to launching her business, Susan’s career in communications served at senior advisory levels in the provincial government of Newfoundland, building communications programs for energy companies in Canada, and as a senior consultant in agency work that served clients in telecommunications, government, energy and private business. When Susan looks back at her career highlights, she is pleased that they all reflect what happens when good communications planning meets a commitment to succeed: authentically showcasing her clients.
Susan’s passion for building community and effective, strategic communications programs that showcase her clients authentically, has seen her developing the not-for-profit community in Calgary and supporting the growth of her small business clients through hands-on training and coaching and fostering their capacity in marketing and communications. Susan’s passion for community extends beyond her business and you will find Susan actively volunteering with her children’s schools and sports as well as with her professional development organizations and community association. Susan is thrilled to put President, Lean in Calgary, at the top of this list and is excited about building capacity in women leaders in this way.
Susan’s corporate and personal coaching clients include leaders in organizations across Canada. Her leadership coaching work focuses on building the careers of professional women who want all that life and a fulfilling career can offer them, from wherever they choose to serve: from the workplace, from their businesses or from their homes.
Susan is academically trained and holds two university degrees, one in English and the other in Public Relations. Susan is also certified by the Canadian Public Relations Society, the International Association of Public Participation and the Coaches Training Institute.
On the personal side, Susan has lived in Calgary for 20 years, is married and has two almost teenage daughters. She spends her free time outside as much as possible, running, skiing and walking her adorable dog.
Daisy is a purpose-driven social impact leader. She is passionate about making a difference and creating a sustainable impact. Prior to transitioning to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), she worked with over eight non-for-profit/non-government organizations overseeing the operation and program delivery in three different countries – China, Ukraine, and now Canada.
In her current role as Social Impact Program Manager at Ciena, she manages global employee volunteer and giving programs, in addition, supports a multi-million-dollar program through engaging global partners and storytelling with the mission to bridge the digital divide.
Outside of her work, she founded an education consulting practice providing academic and career guidance to international students. She has experience in building and managing finance systems from scratch.
Daisy holds a Bachelor of Management in Forensic Accounting and a Master of Education from Western University.
Her contribution to Lean in Canada began in 2016. Daisy is excited to continue her journey in supporting Lean in Canada as Director of Secretary & Treasurer.
Director, Learning and Development
Lyla’s professional experience spans over 20 years. After graduating with her MBA from the Schulich School of Business, she embarked on a successful career in brand management working for top tiered companies in consumer-packaged goods and publishing including Nestle Canada and Harlequin Enterprises. Her career in academia started shortly thereafter, first at the Schulich School of Business (York University) followed by the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). During her tenure in Career Services, Lyla became a trained and Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation and has been passionately coaching, mentoring and supporting students with their career aspirations. Lyla has also gained a solid reputation and professional network within the talent community. In her role as Director of Career Services at the Rotman School she enjoys leading a high performing team, passionate about matching student career goals with the talent needs of industry partners.
Combining education and leadership with professional coaching has been Lyla’s path to success. Her passion for learning and development is further reinforced by her most recent accomplishment at Northeastern University where she earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. To complement her achievements, Lyla dedicates her time volunteering for non-profit organizations, especially in the diversity and inclusion space. She is currently Committee Chair of Volunteer Engagement for Lean In Canada and sits on the Board of Lime Connect. In her spare time, she supports her kids in competitive soccer and hockey, while continuously advocating for lifelong learning and leadership development.
"After each Lean In Canada event, I feel like my batteries have been re-charged; I am motivated and have connected with other like minded, driven women."
- Alana Elmaleh
Jackie Foo is a seasoned executive, specializing in Telecom and Retail. She has successfully led 5 major retail chains and 2 national call centres. She has extensive experience in building and transforming organizations. Jackie is passionate about leading and developing people. Her energy is infectious and she has shaped so many careers with her inspirational leadership style.
As an executive advisor to Lean In Canada, Jackie has participated in networking events, led speaking engagements and has contributed to our national expansion strategy.
Jackie currently leads the Retail Centre of Excellence (RCoE), providing shared services to Bell Canada’s sales channels including Corporate Stores, Dealers and National Retail (over 2500 points of distribution). She is best known for creating retail programs for store management, sales, service, operations, merchandising, store design and distribution that result in record sales growth.
Prior to leading the RCoE, Jackie was the former Chief Operating Officer for The Source - one of Canada’s leading Consumer Electronics and Wireless retailers with 650+ locations across Canada. Jackie also held the role of Vice President of Bell Corporate Stores. She was responsible for all aspects of retail operations for Bell and Virgin Mobile branded stores.
Outside of her career, Jackie loves to travel the world with her husband, Steven, and daughters Sidney (19) and Rachel (6). She lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, just north of Toronto.
Lorraine Leduc is a senior sales leader recognized for building and delivering on sales and operational strategy within the payments and software industries. She is a respected consultative sales executive with an extensive network coupled with a proven track record of delivering multi-million dollar “bottom line” results. With insight into maximizing revenue, margin, and enhancing competitive positioning, Lorraine is a natural communicator and builds high performance cultures developing opportunities and sales and revenue growth.
In her current role, she focuses on solution sales at FIS where she works with enterprise companies to enhance revenues and competitive positioning through innovative, transformative products and solutions.
Her expertise in business and market development, sales and strategic partnerships spans early stage start-ups to established, global corporations and she impacts her customers, colleagues and community positively through value creation and her inclusive, high accountability and rallying approach to leadership.
Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Commerce and continues to learn through executive development courses including Mini-MBA series at McGill University.
Her contribution to Lean In Canada began in 2016 and includes leading sponsorships as a National Board Member and now, her transition to the Lean In Canada Advisory Board.
Kristina is the Chief Privacy Officer at Holt Renfrew where is responsible to create a culture of privacy and support all business areas, stores and customers with privacy related matters. She also founded and currently Chairs the Retail Counsel of Canada’s Privacy Committee where she supports the RCC and other retailers collaborate on privacy matters and advocate for regulatory privacy changes.
During her 14 years specializing in privacy, Kristina has worked in the financial sector (MBNA, Bank of America, TD and CIBC) and spent 3 years as a privacy researcher for Nymity Inc. focussing on international privacy laws.
National Lean In Canada President from June 2020 to June 2022.
Having spent her whole career in the Human Capital space, Angela’s interest and passion starts with people. Everyone who knows her recognizes her ability to make authentic and long-lasting connections. This “superpower” has enabled Angela to not only build and grow successful teams but also become a strategic coach for many other leaders inside and outside of her organization.
In her current role as co-founder of LeedHR, Angela is responsible for both development and delivery of client programs, ultimately creating better organizational leaders. Her mission is to help leaders “lead well” through Emotional Intelligence, in order to increase their team’s and personal effectiveness. Angela has expert knowledge of how to create and maintain a thriving workplace. Her broad-based business and management experience including cross functional P&L’s has allowed Angela to build talented, productive, engaged, and diverse teams. In her most recent corporate role as Monster Canada’s SVP and General Manager, Angela was instrumental in transforming its business processes and culture by providing continuous inspirational leadership grounded in sound financial acumen which helped impact the bottom line. Her positive impact to the business was also leveraged across continents as a formal coach and mentor for many women in leadership positions. Previously as Country Manager at Lee Hecht Harrison, she lead a successful merger and business integration between both LHH and Knightsbridge resulting in the largest career transition and management business in Canada. During this merger, she lead the modernization of the professional career transition and career management practice by developing its playbook and technology upgrades, directly impacting the quality and efficiency of delivery.
Angela, is a York University graduate and has continued her studies at INSEAD in business and IMD in Leadership Development. She’s a regular contributor to industry events where she speaks about recruitment, leadership, and her greatest passion – female business leadership.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys discovering new travel destinations with her husband and daughter while keeping up an ever expanding log of the best places to shop!
In 2013, when Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, was released, it was something that Christina Rupsingh, Despina Zanganas, and Sarah Kwan individually knew they needed to read. One of the key points of the book was this: that we need to actively build our own support systems in order to be successful. After discovering each other's mutual passion for supporting professional women, they began meeting in Despina's office with a group of 20 as Lean In Toronto, and before long, knew they were on to something special. In 2014, they incorporated the organization and became Lean In Canada, with the mandate to build a thriving community of women who come together and celebrate each other's successes and ambitions.