McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association would like to extend a warm welcome to both new and returning students, we are so excited to get this 2016-2017 academic year started!

If you are interested in getting involved with us this year or simply curious about what MWIL offers, be sure to check us out during Activities Night on the 3rd floor of SSMU (Shatner Building) in Room 302 from 4pm-7pm on Tuesday Sept. 6th, Wednesday Sept. 7th & Thursday Sept. 8th.

We hope to see you there!

Women In Athletics

Are you considering a career in athletics but aren’t sure where to start? Interested in learning from women who are excelling in the characteristically male-dominated field of athletics?

Join MWIL for our final speaker series of the 2015-2016 academic year!

This event will feature prominent professional women in athletics-related fields who will be discussing their careers paths and unique experiences! The speakers will also share their trials and tribulations, and provide advice for students who are interested in pursuing a career in athletics!

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session to provide you with an opportunity to engage with the speakers, and ask your own questions!

Speakers include Heather Engel, Alex Ketchum and Robyn Flynn! Everyone is welcome to attend!


Alex Ketchum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at McGill University focusing on feminist restaurants, cafes, and coffeehouses in the United States and Canada from the 1960s to present day. Her work integrates, food, environmental, and gender history. She is the head coach of the McGill Women’s Lacrosse team and has served as a coach at various levels for the past decade. Her free time is spent running daily with her dog, competing in nordic skiing, white water and sea kayaking, and bouldering.

Robyn Flynn is a Montreal radio personality who is a host & reporter at TSN 690, as well as a producer at CJAD. She’s also one third of the popular podcast ICE LEVEL. Robyn’s road to radio began with a DEP in Professional Theatre from Dawson College, before she pursued broadcasting studies at the Montreal Radio & TV School, and Education at McGill University. Robyn also provides colour commentary for Canadiennes broadcasts on CWHLlive.com, and dreams of one day becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for the Habs.

MWIL Coffee House Event Photo

Thank you to everyone who came out to our MWIL Coffeehouse Fundraiser! Your donations to the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal are greatly appreciated!

Special thanks to all of the incredibly talented performers:

Alex Torrie
Chromatones Acapella
Emma Wen
Hanna Jevne
Hillary Williams
Jessica Condemi
Jordan Pollock
Martin Molpeceres
Samantha Gibson
Wendy and Sunny

Photos by Jay Rajpal.



MWIL is looking for passionate and dedicated students to join our 2016-17 Executive Team as vice presidents!

If you are worried about the time commitment, we will be opening director positions for our portfolios (Events, Fundraising, Mentorship, or Sponsorship) in the Fall. These positions have a lower time commitment and are a great way to get comfortable with the role of the VP if you would like to take that leap in the future!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going on exchange during either the Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 semester, you cannot apply to be an executive. You are more than welcome to get involved in one of the portfolios as a director, though! Those applications will go out in the fall.

The positions open for applications are as follows:
VP Communications
VP Fundraising
VP Media
VP Mentorship
VP Outreach

If you are interested in applying, please complete the form below and send a pdf copy of your RESUME or CV to mcgillwil@gmail.com! Please include in the title of the email the position for which you are applying.

If you are applying for VP MEDIA, please send a small portfolio of your design work with your resume.

Your application will not be considered complete until you have done this!



More information about each position can be found on the application form. Please feel free to message our Facebook page, or send us an email, if you have any questions! Good luck!



MWIL will be holding a Coffeehouse in support of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and there are still some spots open for performers!

If you are interested in performing, the last day for you to sign up is Friday, March 18th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your incredible talents! We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at: fundraising.mcgillwil@gmail.com.

Sign up sheet link: https://docs.google.com/…/1-co0MJrD5m0VVh-YkBIHk6…/viewform…

Trailblazers’ Testimonies: MWIL’s Second Annual Leadership Conference

THANK YOU to everyone who attended Trailblazers’ Testimonies 2016! We hope you had as much fun attending as we did organizing it.

MWIL would love to hear your feedback so we can keep improving this conference each year! We would greatly appreciate if you could fill out this quick survey and let us know your thoughts! Your answers will be anonymous, so all constructive criticism and positive comments are welcome.


Trailblazers’ Testimonies: MWIL’s Second Annual Leadership Conference

“Some leaders are born women.” – Geraldine Ferraro

ONLY $10 for an informative and life-changing day of speeches, networking, and interacting with highly renowned female leaders!!! Includes coffee, snacks, a formal lunch buffet ($40 value), cocktails, and EMPOWERMENT! So what are you waiting for??!!

Join the McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association (MWIL) for our second annual Trailblazers’ Testimonies Leadership Conference this March! Trailblazers’ Testimonies is an inspiring day-long conference which features absolutely incredible women who are leaders in a diverse set of fields.

This year’s theme is Leadership Styles. In addition to their own career paths, speakers will discuss their personal styles of leadership and how they have developed and refined this technique throughout their careers. We aim to shine light on the fact that there is no universal definition of leadership by highlighting the stylistic differences between seven extremely successful and influential leaders.

The event will include opportunities to engage with any speaker who aligns with your career aspirations or leadership philosophy, as well as breakout sessions and a networking cocktail!

All profit made from the conference will go to the Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal. We will also be accepting donations of feminine hygiene products at the conference on behalf of the NWSM!!

As always, ALL are welcome to attend!


DR. HELLEN CHRISTODOULOU (PH.D. ING., B.C.L., LL.B., M.B.A.), Regional Director of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (Quebec)

SYLVIA PIGGOTT, Deputy Division Chief of the Information Services Department at the Joint World Bank/IMF Library; Former Senior Manager of Research and Business Information Service at BMO

PINA MARRA (CPA, CA), Senior Advisor in Capital Management at Desjardins; Former Faculty Lecturer BComm at McGill

ELENI BAKOPANOS (Liberal Party of Canada), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development; Former Assistant Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole; Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

DR. MARTHE KASSOUF, Researcher at the Research Institute of Hydro-Quebec (IREQ)

DOMINIQUE PIROLO, Talent and Recruiting Specialist at Hybris/SAP Labs

CHRISTY WILSON, Professional Film Trailer Editor


Early Bird: $10
Regular: $15

*The first 100 people to purchase tickets will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $30 Lola Rosa gift cards
*The first 50 people to purchase tickets will be entered into a raffle to win 5 free Spin Energie classes (worth $110) – CLAIMED

…more prizes TBA!


DRESS CODE: International business attire

ACCESSIBILITY: This event is fully accessible to all via the first floor elevators in the evo lobby!


Welcome, registration, coffee, snacks —- 10am
Speaker presentations ———————— 11am – 1pm
Formal lunch buffet and dessert ———— 1pm – 2pm
Speaker presentations ———————— 2pm – 4pm
Breakout sessions —————————— 4pm – 5pm
Networking cocktail —————————– 5pm – 6:30pm

Thank you to our amazing sponsors:

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP
National Bank
Montréal Printing

SAP Hybris
Women in Wolfville
WeirFoulds LLP

Spin Énergie
Lola Rosa Milton
Sylvia Piggott
What She Said Radio
Ambiance Hair & Beauty 2000
Perrywinkle’s Bijouterie