Women of distinction

Canada Post’s Chief Operating Officer, Mary Traversy, and Board of Directors Chair, Siân M. Matthews, have each been named a WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

The two were among the 100 women honoured at a dinner in Toronto on November 24 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN), an organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles.



“This recognition is a tremendous honour,” says Matthews. “It is a privilege to serve on the Board, and to help Canada Post make a real difference to Canadian businesses and to Canadians themselves.”



“I’m humbled,” says Traversy. “Knowing the strict criteria for this award, I think it speaks to the size of the organization I lead. This award is a credit to the tens of thousands of employees who work hard every day for our customers.”


Both women are playing leading roles in creating and executing Canada Post’s strategies to transform its business in the digital era, from a mail-centric former monopoly to a parcel-centric, customer-focused and innovative leader in e-commerce.


Matthews has served on Canada Post’s Board of Directors since 2007. She was appointed Chairperson for a four-year term in December 2014. The Board’s primary focus is strategic direction and oversight as Canada Post fulfills its public service obligations, as it competes successfully as a commercial enterprise, and as it meets its mandate to be financially self-sustaining.




Traversy was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2015. In that role, she leads all operational aspects of Canada Post’s business, including plants, delivery, engineering, network and real estate. She reports directly to the President and CEO, Deepak Chopra. More than 47,000 employees report indirectly to her, and she is responsible for nearly $4 billion in annual operational expenditures.


Traversy previously held a number of executive roles, in operations, human resources and labour relations. She began at Canada Post 32 years ago, fresh out of university.


Matthews has a national profile in the areas of tax planning, trust and charity law. She writes regularly for legal journals and speaks at national and international conferences on tax law. She has been a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, and serves on the boards of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and The Calgary Foundation.


Both leaders credited accomplished women with inspiring and guiding them earlier in their careers.


“This has made me reflect on my transition from relying on other women for advice when I was starting out, to being a mentor myself,” says Matthews.


“I learned a lot from women who came before me,” says Traversy, “and now that it’s my turn, I enjoy offering advice to women who aspire to senior leadership roles.”


The full list of WXN’s 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.