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Former IWK CEO removed from list of Canada’s most powerful women

Tracy Kitch has been removed from a list of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. 
(RYAN TAPLIN / The Chronicle Herald)
Tracy Kitch has been removed from a list of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. (RYAN TAPLIN / The Chronicle Herald)

The former CEO of the IWK Health Centre is no longer on a list of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women.

Tracy Kitch, who resigned from her position in August after an expense scandal, had been included on the list from the Women’s Executive Network. The awards were handed out Thursday night in Toronto.

But the embargoed list now only includes 99 names, with Kitch missing. She has been on the list as of Tuesday.

Sarah Fournier, who works for a public relations firm used by the Women’s Executive Network, said in an email that a statement would be ready Wednesday afternoon, but no one with the network is giving interviews right now.

The statement said that "we have determined she will not be a recipient of the 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. Once the investigation is concluded we will evaluate our next steps." 

The award recognized women from across Canada who have advocated for diversity in the workforce, and who serve as an inspiration for the next generation of leaders, WXN says in material released to go along with the announcement of winners. Award winners from the public, private and non-profit sector across nine categories.

Kitch came under scrutiny over the summer after CBC News reported she had used a corporate credit card to pay for personal expenses. An accounting firm identified $48,000 in questionable expenses.

The executive's corporate credit card statements reportedly included thousands of dollars charged by the Bay last November, multiple charges from iTunes and Netflix and more than $2,000 for a limousine service.

Kitch joined the IWK in August 2014 and was earning an annual salary of $296,289.

She was previously the executive vice-president of patient care and chief nursing executive at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

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