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International Women's Day - A Canadian Role Model

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Today is International Women’s Day . designed to “Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”.

I’m a little biased with this blog entry, but one of the motivator’s for up and coming women in society is to be able to see role models.

For many women who are ideal role models, there is a reluctance to step into the limelight and so, at the risk of retribution to come, I’m going to single out one such person.

Janis Grantham is Eagle’s CEO, a founder of our company and a huge part of any success we have had.

The company, under Janis’s direction has grown to be a $150 million Canadian company with a string of accolades.

  • 50 Best Managed Company every year since 1999;

  • ISO 9001:2015 Registered;

  • Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures ;

  • Great Place to Work (multiple years);

Janis attained her MBA through the Queen’s Executive MBA program, whilst working full time and also completed the Rotman Director’s College achieving her ICD.D designation.

She has been recognised on various lists over the years:

  • She was named One of the World’s Most Influential Women in Staffing. This was the Global Power 100 as produced by Staffing Industry Analysts.

  • She was listed on the Profit W100,  a list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs for many years.

  • She was on the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women and then the Hall of Fame.

Janis grew up in modest circumstances in Northern Ontario, went to high school in Ottawa and carved out a career for herself.

She is the kind of Canadian role model that can inspire young women to do great things with their lives, because she started with nothing  and has created a life (not just a career) to envy.

Happy International Women’s Day (week)!