Looking for change
It’s no exaggeration to describe Anne-Marie Hubert, LLD 15, as a woman of influence. A CPA and Quebec managing partner at EY — a business she helped build since she joined in 1985 — Hubert was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017 and four times has been named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Hubert has led EY Canada’s gender-equity initiatives, serving as the Canadian representative on the Americas Gender Equity Task Force. She received an honorary doctorate from Concordia in 2015 in recognition of her “exceptional contribution to the advancement of women in business.”
Her job is to advise organizations on strategies, governance and performance. Bringing people together for growth, giving them support and coaching to embrace the future are also skills Hubert brings to her work for women.
“Whether it’s my college or my babysitter or the leader of a not-for-profit organization, the more we help others succeed, the more we succeed.”
Nevertheless, there’s a lack of role models for women, she says. “Little girls make choices early on. If we can look at this as a challenge and see a collective responsibility to create a society where women can contribute their full potential and where men and women can succeed in all aspects of their lives, we will create a better world.”
As member of the Concordia Alumni Women and Leadership advisory group, she’s looking for change. “The aging population is creating a scarcity of talent,” she says, “So it becomes a business imperative more than it was before. There are more and more men who realize that making the investment to give women a chance has had a positive impact on their business. That’s driving change.”
In her own workplace, Hubert, 55, was able to learn and grow. “Once you say ‘yes’ and manage to deliver results, you get more opportunities. Although I had to say ‘no’ at certain points — at different stages of life I had to slow down to succeed in all aspect of life, including family. Yet in the long run, I’m pleased with the choices I’ve made.”