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December 4, 2016
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Three Laurier alumnae rank as Canada’s most powerful women

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Dec 7/09

Three Laurier alumnae have been named to the Women’s Executive Network’s top-100 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Lynda Kitamura (BBA ’86), Kelly Murumets (MSW ’96) and Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (MSW ’75) were recognized as leaders in their field by the organization, which honours female achievers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors annually.

The seventh annual list was featured recently in The Globe and Mail.

Murumets is president and CEO of ParticipACTION, a not-for-profit company that aims to get Canadians more physically active. She is also on the 2007 Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity’s list of the most influential women in sport and physical activity. She has been involved with the not-for-profit sector for several years, working and volunteering for the Children’s Aid Society and Covenant House.

Kitamura is vice-president of finance of the Americas Technology Solutions Group of Hewlett Packard. Kitamura joined Hewlett Packard in 1986, and prior to her current position held roles in finance, accounting, field administration and supply chain management. She is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the National Council of the Financial Executives of the Conference Board of Canada.

Both Murumets and Kitamura serve on the Laurier School of Business & Economics Dean’s Advisory Council.

Munroe-Blum is principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University in Montreal. In addition to being the university’s top administrator since 2003, she is an accomplished scholar of epidemiology and public policy. Munroe-Blum was awarded the Order of Canada for her achievements in science, innovation and higher education policy, and is an officer of the National Order of Quebec.

For more information about Canada’s Most Powerful Women, visit the WXN website at


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