The Women’s Y Foundation has revealed the laureates of the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards, under the honorary presidency of National Bank of Canada, which have been revamped under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The Foundation’s website and social media pages started posting video clips about the laureates for each of the different categories on October 26. The videos outline the recipients’ achievements and how their respective career path naturally aligns with the focus of the award.
- Achievement award: Phyllis Lambert, Montreal architect and philanthropist
- Inspiration award: Fabrice Vil, lawyer and founder of Pour 3 Points
- Coup de Coeur YWCA Montreal award: Ethel Meilleur, poet and participant in YWCA Montreal residence program
- Business and Entrepreneurship: Milla Craig, founder and president of Millani – Focus: Creativity
- Arts, Culture and Design: Sophie Bissonnette, independent director of documentaries – Focus: Resilience
- Social and Environmental Engagement: Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, founder of SeeChange, professor at Université McGill and member of the International Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders – Focus: Solidarity
- Information and Education: Kate Arthur, Founder and CEO of Kids Code Jeunesse and Founder, CEO of Code Club Canada – Focus: Agility
- Research and Innovation: Isabelle Peretz, professor of Psychology at Université de Montréal and co founder and co director of BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research) – Focus: Leadership
- Public Services: Julie Bruneau, addiction medicine physician at CHUM, Professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Université de Montréal, and chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Addiction Medicine – Focus: Perseverance
- Sports, Health and Wellness: Olga Hrycak, retired basketball coach – Focus: Courage
VIP virtual networking sessions
To allow the public to find out more about the laureates in the different categories and share a special moment with them, VIP virtual meetings will be held as of mid-January. Hosted by Mélanie Thivierge, CEO of Montreal YWCA, these meetings will delve more deeply into the subjects discussed on their video interviews and provide the opportunity for discussion with those in attendance.
The awards ceremony will be held on March 18, 2021 to highlight the undeniable contributions the laureates have made to society. Broadcast exclusively online, the new event format will take place early in the day and will make it possible to congratulate each of the laureates in their respective category and present them with their awards, in addition to holding inspirational conversations with our three special laureates.