Marianne McKenna recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful women for 2010

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects congratulates partner Marianne McKenna for being announced as a recipient of the 2010 Canada‘s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, in the Professionals category.


“If power is the ability to inspire and lead teams to achieve extraordinary results, then Marianne McKenna possesses great power in her work as one of Canada’s leading architects…Marianne is a driving force for fairness and equity, design excellence and  teamwork, social responsibility and profitability. Marianne is indeed powerful in many ways and we are proud to celebrate this most recent achievement with her,” said Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner, KPMB Architects.

The Canada‘s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is an award for the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. McKenna joins a community of 522 women across Canada who has received this recognition.  The complete list of 2010 winners can be found at


“Marianne’s passion, conviction and unwavering commitment and her ability to balance creativity and strong communication skills was integral to the success of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her design has raised the profile of the institution exponentially, and at the same time created a major destination in the city and indeed in North America. Her tenacity and sincere commitment has earned her recognition as a major figure in her field. Bravo Marianne!” said Dr. Peter Simon, president, RCM

Marianne McKenna is a founding partner of KPMB Architects. She was educated at Swarthmore College (B.A) and Yale University (M.Arch). Current projects include the University of Waterloo Quantum-Nanotechnology Centre, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the renewal of Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. McKenna has taught at McGill University, L’Université de Montréal and the University of Toronto and is a frequent guest critic at schools of architecture across North America, including L’Université de Montréal, the University of Toronto, as well as Dalhousie, Carleton, McGill and Yale Universities.

“Every year, we honour the exceptional female leaders of Canada,” said Pamela Jeffery, founder, Women’s Executive Network.  “They each have remarkable achievements and Top 100 is a mark of their success and how they have supported their communities, companies, and organizations. Our Top 100 community is a powerful group of women who are at the top of their game, exemplify success and empower the next generation of women to take their careers to the next level.” 

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