October 30, 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that Achēv CEO Tonie Chaltas has been recognized as a WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner! Tonie is the proud recipient of the Canadian Tire Community Impact Award, celebrating women who champion community outreach, connections, inclusivity, and empowerment. These leaders eliminate barriers, act as changemakers, and serve as role models in their communities.

“It is an honour to be recognized amongst this extraordinary group of women. Awards such as these, not only celebrate women’s achievements, but also inspire others to break through barriers, take on big challenges and achieve their dreams,” said Tonie Chaltas. Since joining Achēv in 2021 as the CEO, Tonie has led the organization through a time of tremendous growth and transformation. There has never been a more important time for the services provided by Achēv, which supported over 100,000 clients last year across its nine offices in the GTA, throughout Canada and abroad.    

The 2023 winners will be celebrated in person at the 21st annual Top 100 Awards Gala, hosted at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto on November 30.

“It takes a powerful woman to lead like a legend in her field, organization or community, and it takes a powerful woman to empower those around her to do the same,” said Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN. “This year’s winners embody that power, giving us hope when we need it most, setting new bars and changing the status quo. They are legends celebrated not just for the things they do, but also how they touch the lives of others.”

The Top 100 Awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada. The awards are presented to remarkable women in 12 categories:

  • Canadian Tire Community Impact
  • Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs, presented by Postmedia
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Amex Emerging Leaders
  • Compass Rose Entrepreneurs
  • Executive Leaders
  • RBC Future Launch Future Leaders
  • Professionals
  • BMO STEM
  • CPKC Skilled Trades
  • Women of Courage, presented by Richardson Wealth
  • WXN Hall of Fame

“We stand on the shoulders of giants. Our winners show us how powerful we are today through the continued legacy that weaves through all 21 years of the Top 100 Awards. They also forge a brighter future for Canada through the legends they create every single day,” Stevens said.

That legacy includes iconic Top 100 winners such as The Honourable Rona Ambrose, former leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons; Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, global activist, head of the House of Mandela and the daughter of Nelson Mandela; The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons; Melissa Grelo, co-host of CTV’s The Social; Michele Romanow, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist; and Susan Aglukark, award-winning musician.

Since it began in 2012, the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards have recognized and celebrated a total of 1,628 extraordinary women.

For a full list of winners, please visit: https://wxnetwork.com/page/2023Top100AwardWinners

About WXN

WXN (Women’s Executive Network), a member-based organization, is North America’s #1 and only organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of professional women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. WXN operates in Canada and the U.S.

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