Now in its 20th year, Fortune Most Powerful Women started as a conference and has evolved into the preeminent community of women leaders in business and beyond. Held at the invitation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in Montréal was held November 5-6, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal, and convened female CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and top-ranking women in the Canadian government to address the enormous potential of women in advancing global economic growth and how women business leaders can use their power and their platforms for good.

Our theme was Redefining Power: Seizing the $12 Trillion Opportunity.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau joined us the evening of 5 November for a special keynote interview over dinner. In addition, the program closed with a conversation between The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.

Other confirmed speakers included chairs and CEOs Jill Ader of Egon Zehnder, Heather Brunner of WP Engine, Helena Foulkes of Hudson’s Bay, Linda Hasenfratz of Linamar, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Barbara Humpton of Siemens USA, Monique Leroux of Investissement Québec, Manjit Minhas of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries, Jami Miscik of Kissinger Associates, Kathleen Taylor of RBC, and Ida Tin of Clue, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Frederica Mogherini, and Canada’s Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef.


Welcome from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau