Every year, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) bestows the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards upon those who embody power through advocacy, championing others, and influencing meaningful change. This year, several accomplished alumni from Carleton University have earned well-deserved spots on this prestigious list. 

Anita Agrawal 
Master of Arts (Anthropology), 2010 

Anita Agrawal, CEO of Best Bargains Jewellery/Jewels 4 Ever, is recognized among the women who own and operate thriving businesses. A multi-award-winning jewelry manufacturer, Argawal is a four-time international design award recipient. She actively advocates for small businesses and ethical employment, contributing to organizations like the Better Way Alliance and OWIT-Toronto. 

Cheyenne Lakatos 
Bachelor of Humanities (Environmental Studies), 2014 

Cheyenne Lakatos, a Locomotive Engineer at the Canadian National Railway Company CN, is recognized for her outstanding contributions to skilled trades, product and service innovation, and community involvement. A dedicated advocate for mental health and wellness, Lakatos initiated the Common Connections Program in Jasper, Alberta, which received the CN People’s Choice Award in 2022. 

Atty (Atefeh) Mashatan 
Bachelor of Mathematics, 2002 

Atty Mashatan, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), is recognized as an executive leader who exemplifies what it means to be a great leader through championing others. Her expertise in cybersecurity led to her recognition as one of the Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity in Canada. She directs TMU’s Cybersecurity Research Lab and is known for her significant contributions to advancing cybersecurity research and training qualified personnel in the field. In 2019, SC Magazine named her one of the top five Women of Influence in Security. 

Ima Okonny 
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), 1998 

Ima Okonny, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Data Officer at Employment and Social Development Canada, stands out as a seasoned executive and trailblazer in the data and analytics domain. With over 23 years of experience, Okonny is a highly sought-after voice on data, AI, and leadership. 

Tanya Rumble 
Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, 2023 

Tanya Rumble is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community through her role as the Executive Director of Development in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University. In addition to her academic position, she is co-founder of Recast Philanthropy, and has held leadership positions in organizations such as FindHelp Information Services and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canada. 

Carleton Newsroom

Thursday, December 14, 2023 in
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