Prof. Dr. Beatrix Dart, Co-Chair
Beatrix is the Executive Director Rotman’s Initiative for Women in Business, focusing on advancing women in management, for which she won the TIAW Global Award in 2010. She was also named “Top 25 Women of Influence” in 2013, and “WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100” in 2016. Further accomplishments include being a current board member at EllisDon, one of Canada’s largest construction companies, and a founding member and country lead of The 30% Club Canada. She also serves on a number of non-profit boards. As Professor of Strategy at Rotman, Beatrix teaches Management Consulting and Strategy, in particular corporate strategy and the development of growth strategies for international companies. She joined the Rotman School of Management in 2000 following a successful career with McKinsey & Co.
Ekta Mendhi, Co-Chair
Ekta is a corporate and competitive strategy leader, and currently heads the Strategy function for Wealth Management and Commercial Banking at CIBC. She brings deep experience in the Management Consulting and Financial Services industries, spanning prominent Canadian and global multinational firms. In addition to her work with the Alliance, she is Co-Chair of WCM's Women in Leadership network; a member of the 30% Club Canada Steering Committee; a Director on the Board of the Rotman Vision Fund; and the architect of CIBC Wealth Management's 'Advancement through Active Sponsorship' initiative, that promotes and tracks the professional advancement of protégées as a direct result of sponsor efforts. Ekta's specific areas of focus are (a) increasing the numbers and impact of women on corporate boards, and (b) building a pipeline of women ready for senior management and board positions. Ekta has also been featured on the prestigious Investment Industry Association of Canada IIAC Top Under 40 list in 2016 and 2017.