Maureen Kempston Darkes, 52
President and General Manager, General Motors of Canada Ltd., General Motors
Education: B.A., history and political science, University of Toronto; Bachelor of Laws, University of Toronto Law School
First automotive job: Receptionist at a Ford dealership
Proudest achievement: Key founding member of GM of Canada's Women's Advisory Council in 1983. This organization has developed and implemented family-friendly policies.
On being successful: "Especially in this industry, being successful can only be achieved through teamwork. GM Canada has the good fortune of having some of the best people in the industry."
On being a woman in the auto industry: "I'm pleased that the old stereotype of the auto industry being a male preserve no longer applies. My goal is to promote a workplace that mirrors the multinational character of customers who visit our dealer and retailer showrooms."
Other positions at General Motors of Canada include:
- 1991-94 VP, Corporate Affairs
- 1987-91 General Director, Public Affairs
- 1980-84 Director, Tax Department
- 1979 Assistant Counsel
- 1975-79 Staff Lawyer