Toronto, Ontario – November 11, 2004: Wanda Kaluzny, founder, conductor and artistic director of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra was honoured in the Trailblazer category of the 2004 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100TM Awards presented by the Women’s Executive NetworkTM (WXNTM ) on November 10, 2004.
Under the leadership of WXN, Canada’s leading association of women executives with over 10,000 targeted members, the Top 100 awards programme identifies and celebrates the 100 most exceptional and influential women in Canada. An independent Advisory Board has selected the winners based on defined, measurable criteria.
Wanda Kaluzny began her conducting career at the age of 11 when she assumed the position of organist and choir director at Holy Cross Parish in Montreal. Nine years later, at the age of twenty, she founded the Montreal Chamber Orchestra (MCO) making her the youngest and only woman to conduct a professional mainstream orchestra in Canada. Her goal was to create an orchestra with a unique performance philosophy. Under Kaluzny’s leadership, the MCO, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has earned a reputation for excellence and has achieved international recognition.
The Awards Luncheon, the centerpiece of a one-day professional development Summit, was hosted by WXN and palmOne Canada at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. Sponsors for this year’s event were Scotiabank, Ernst and Young, The Richard Ivey School of Business, ADP, TD Bank Financial Group, Soho Residences and CIBC, with media partners The Globe and Mail and Scarlett.