Benefits Canada’s September issue is our annual women’s issue, where organizations have the opportunity to feature their top female leaders. These profiles share insights into corporate vision and values, organizational priorities and personal anecdotes. You can read all of them below.

Desjardins Insurance

Nadia Darwish, Vice-President, Business Development & Client Relationships, Desjardins

“Diversity and inclusion is everyone’s job. We own it as employees, but we also need to seek it out from our organizations and from our networks.”



Kim MacFarlane, Vice-President, Group Benefits Product and Digital Experiences, Manulife

“It’s an exciting time to be leading people and challenging them to explore something a little different so they grow and feel empowered to find new ways to support our clients.”


Shoppers Drug Mart

Barbara Carnegie, Vice-President of Payor Partnerships, Shoppers Drug Mart

“I’ve purposefully developed a team in which broad and varied backgrounds encourage different perspectives and deeper insights.”


Sun Life Canada

Kate Nazar, Vice-President, Strategy & Market Development, Group Retirement Services, Sun Life Canada

“I’m proud to empower female leaders, support communities, and help Canadians achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. I’m alive today because of fundraising, research, and advocacy. This gift guides me to make a difference—personally and professionally—each and every day.”


Marie-Chantal Côté, Vice-President, Market Development, Group Benefits, Sun Life Canada

“I’m focused on improving workplace equity and visibility for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s obviously the right thing to do, and we know organizations achieve stronger business outcomes when their employees can be their authentic selves at work … As leaders, we need to advocate for change and innovation both in new solutions for clients and by supporting people in their careers.”


Teladoc Health

Joby McKenzie, Managing Director, Canada, Teladoc Health

“Basketball has shaped every part of who I am as a mom, as a partner and as a leader. […] Not many people go on to play for their country, but everyone needs to learn to thrive within the diversity of a team.”