Giving Back - Providing food for thought on women’s health matters

Colleen Moorehead

Nov 16, 2013

Paul Waldie

Report on Business Weekend, The Globe and Mail

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After years of working in the financial sector and encouraging women to take on leadership roles, Colleen Moorehead and Sylvia Chrominska decided to team up for a new cause: raising money for women’s health care.

“We really wanted to try to have a conversation with women as leaders in the community and as business leaders about philanthropy,” said Ms. Moorehead, co-founder of E*Trade Canada who is now a client strategist at the Toronto law firm of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

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This year’s event, on Nov. 20, features speakers on the BRCA gene mutation, which indicates a high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Many women, notably actress Angelina Jolie, have had preventive double mastectomies after being told they carried the defective gene. “Research brings optimism, but it also brings tougher and tougher choices,” said Ms. Moorehead, who has lost an aunt and a niece to cancer.

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