A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline has had a successful career in the corporate world for over 25 years including the past decade in VP and SVP roles within major organizations.
Caroline has now decided to put all her energy, her passion and her vision in leading Women in Governance (founded in 2010), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to encourage women to develop their leadership, advance their career and seek Board opportunities. She is now exclusively dedicated to all matters relating to the access of women to executive roles and Board positions in the corporate world in Canada as well as women’s equal rights around the world.
A graduate in Human Resources from HEC Montréal as well as in languages and foreign civilizations from l’Université Paris-Diderot (Paris-VII), Caroline also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)’s Program at McGill. She is a Scholar, Valedictorian, Ambassador and Examiner for the ICD.
Born in Beirut, Caroline was only 7 years old when the war started and 22 when it ended. A Citizen of the world having lived on three continents, Caroline is fluent in 4 languages and can understand six.
A highly sought-after speaker, Caroline is the recipient of Awards from the Quebec Business Women Network, the Arab Women Trophy and Premières en Affaires among others. She was recognized as a Top 20 Diversity Leading Figures in Quebec, Top 75 Canadian Immigrants and Top 100 Most Influential Women in Canada. She is also the recipient of a Gender Equality Award by the United Nations Women National Committee as well as the “Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara” Award, at the Mercuriades awards ceremony held by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ).
A lawyer by training, the Honourable Mélanie Joly is passionate about her city of Montréal and the power of positive politics. Mélanie worked at two major law firms in Montréal before making the leap into communications, as a managing partner of the Montréal office of the international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. Founder of Le Vrai Changement pour Montréal party, Mélanie ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013. A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Mélanie has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec, Fondation du CHUM, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She has also served as a spokesperson for Logis Rose-Virginie and as an ambassador for Herstreet. Mélanie’s hard work has been recognized on many occasions. She was selected by Elle Québec as the 2008 Woman of the Year in the “up and coming” category, and was later honoured as the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural community. Mélanie holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Oxford.