Vice President Jane McVeigh honoured with Businesswoman of the Year Award

May 5, 2009 | News Release


OTTAWA, ON, May 5, 2009 - General Dynamics Canada Vice-President of Human Resources Jane McVeigh has received the Businesswoman of the Year award in the corporate category from the Women's Business Network (WBN). The award was announced at a gala ceremony attended by more than 400 business and community leaders in Ottawa.

As vice-president of human resources for General Dynamics Canada, McVeigh provides strategic direction and leadership to the company's management team and has responsibility for all aspects of organizational development for more than 2,000 employees. Since her appointment in 2000, McVeigh has spearheaded a series of strategic initiatives targeting leadership development and promoting employee work-life balance. As a result, General Dynamics Canada has become an employer of choice and has regularly been recognized as a Financial Post Top 10 Employer in Canada, a Top 100 Employer in Canada, and an Ottawa Top 10 Employer.

"Jane's personal leadership and business acumen has had a profound, positive impact on the management of General Dynamics Canada and the overall performance of the business," said David Ibbetson, general manager of General Dynamics Canada. "In particular, Jane's expertise with respect to leadership development has significantly transformed our corporate culture, enabling us to rapidly adapt to business growth and expansion opportunities and, at the same time, elevate the skills of our employee population across the organization."

In accepting the award, McVeigh thanked the WBN for creating a networking forum that facilitates ongoing dialogue among women in business and acknowledged the critical role life balance plays in business success. "I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to ascend in my career while raising twin daughters who themselves are now preparing to join the workforce. As a mother and a mentor, my advice to them and other women looking to succeed in business is simple: Never trade off your personal for professional priorities in order to succeed and don't accept that you have to."

An active member of the community, McVeigh is a member of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation Board, a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way and an Advisory Board Member of the Women in Defence and Security Association (WiDS).

The WBN is Ottawa's leading network of women in business. For 28 years the organization has provided a forum for women to exchange ideas and grow their involvement in the local business community. WBN annually acknowledges the achievements of businesswomen in Ottawa in the categories of corporate, professional and entrepreneur.

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About General Dynamics Canada

With an established Canadian presence and more than 2,000 employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada is Canada's largest defence electronics company with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the production of leading-edge, technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne and maritime applications. The company's success is based on strong system engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders, and a singular focus on customer service. More information about the company is available at

About General Dynamics

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at http://www.gd.com/.

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