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Senators executive receives top honour

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Erin Crowe, executive vice-president, CFO and alternate governor for Senators Sports & Entertainment, has been named Corporate Businesswoman of the Year by the Women's Business Network of Ottawa (Michelle Valberg Imaging).

Listen here (file) to Crowe's interview on CBC Radio with Ottawa Morning host Kathleen Petty (May 4).

The Women’s Business Network of Ottawa has bestowed one of its highest honours upon a chief executive with Senators Sports & Entertainment.

Erin Crowe, the organization’s executive vice-president, CFO and alternate governor, was named Corporate Businesswoman of the Year during a gala ceremony held Thursday night at the Hampton Inn and Conference Centre.

“I’m really happy and pleasantly surprised to have won this award,” said Crowe. “Being involved with the Women’s Business Network through this entire process has been great and it has also been really enlightening and encouraging to see the significant accomplishments of other females in our region.”

After 13 years with the Senators organization in increasingly senior financial positions, Crowe was promoted to her current position in June 2009. She is one of the first female alternate governors in the National Hockey League.

“Erin has thrived in pro sports — a male-dominated industry — based on her professional demeanour, work ethic and people skills,” said Senators president Cyril Leeder. “She is a driving force within the Senators organization. Not only are we extremely proud of her accomplishments, but we are also very fortunate to have her as a colleague and a friend.”

"I couldn't have achieved this without the support of the Senators organization. We have such a strong team on and off the ice, and I really appreciate that (owner) Eugene Melnyk and Cyril Leeder had enough confidence in me to give me the responsibilities that I have today." - Erin Crowe
Crowe said she has had plenty of company support along the way in reaching her current status.

“I couldn't have achieved this without the support of the Senators organization,” she said. “We have such a strong team on and off the ice, and I really appreciate that (owner) Eugene Melnyk and Cyril Leeder had enough confidence in me to give me the responsibilities that I have today.”
 
In addition to her work with the Senators, Crowe was also recognized for her community work through board positions with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Roger’s House. She is also the mother of two children, Owen, 3, and Reganne, 2.

Crowe was one of three finalists for the award, along with Monica Channa, executive director, operations, at Akran Marketing, and Debra Armstrong, president, Bank of America, MBNA Canada Bank.

For more information on the awards, log on to www.womensbusinessnetwork.ca.


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