In April 2020 Pamela founded the non-profit organization, The Prosperity Project, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on women who are being disproportionately affected. Joining her is a diverse group of 61 female leaders from across Canada. Pamela is best known as the founder of Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 1997, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards in 2003 and the Canadian Board Diversity Council in 2009. She is an internationally-recognized expert and speaker on women in leadership as well as inclusion and diversity best practices.
An award-winning entrepreneur, Pamela has an extensive background in business, governance and politics. A graduate of the Ivey Business School (HBA ’84, MBA ’88), she served as a Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development (85-87) and spent 17 years in public affairs consulting during which time she founded public affairs firm The Jeffery Group. In the 2004 federal election campaign, she served as Ontario communications advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin, running the Ontario war room. She taught government relations in the MBA Program at Rotman for nine years.
A client assignment led her to create WXN which she grew to 22,000 women in management, executive, board and professional roles in Canada, The Republic of Ireland and the UK. As Chair of the Top 100 Awards Advisory Board for 14 years, she provided oversight of the selection process to assess the leadership skills of over 3,000 women nominees in Canada and select 100 each year. In 2009, she and her team created and implemented a national multi-stakeholder strategy to increase representation of women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ community members on corporate boards in collaboration with the federal government.
After selling her company in 2015, Pamela joined KPMG Canada as a Partner and founded the Inclusion and Diversity service offering. She returned to her entrepreneurial roots in 2018. She works with client organizations to deliver current state assessments, strategy and training to address gender and non-gender diversity gaps and create more inclusive workplace cultures. She is also the past chair of the Ontario Advisory Board of TSX-listed recreational marijuana retailer Fire & Flower.
She has been active in the community, serving on 24 public sector and non-boards of directors and advisory boards. This includes the Government of Canada Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards (ex-officio), CAMH and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Foundation, Trent University and the Canadian Opera Company. She is currently a Governor of the Stratford Festival and a ‘No Limits’ Campaign Cabinet Member, Hospital for Sick Children. She is the Founding Co-Chair of Sick Kids’ ‘Scrubs in the City’ annual fundraiser.
In 2012, she was the only resident Canadian named as a charter member of Fast Company Magazine’s League of Extraordinary Women which recognized 60 women globally, including Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates. In 2015, she received the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award (Entrepreneurs) in Washington DC. In 2018, received the Ivey School of Business Distinguished Service Award. She is the proud mother of two sons, Stephen and Sam, and is married to former RCMP Commissioner and Interpol President Norman Inkster.