Women in Canadian Manufacturing

Roots CEO recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful CEOs by WXN

November 8, 2023
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Meghan Roach, President and CEO of Roots Corporation (CNW Group/Roots)

TORONTO — Meghan Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Roots Corporation, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as part of the 2023 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. In addition, Roach has been awarded the Fellow distinction (FCPA, FCA) by CPA Ontario.

“I am humbled to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs by WXN. This award is a testament to the incredible team at Roots, whose dedication, innovation, and commitment to excellence have propelled us forward, even in challenging times,” said Roach. “It is an honour to receive the distinction of Fellow from the Chartered Professional Accountants profession as it has been a designation that has been instrumental to my career development and professional growth.”

Roach joined Roots as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2020 after a short period as its interim Chief Financial Officer following her election to its board of directors. She continues to serve on the Roots board and previously served as a director from 2015 until the Roots IPO in 2017. Before Roots, Roach held various private equity and finance roles in North America and Europe at Searchlight Capital Partners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and KPMG LLP. She has held board positions with public and private companies globally. In addition to the Roots board, Roach currently acts as Vice Chair for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

Roach has overseen transformation in operational areas in the business since joining Roots as CEO. The advancement of ESG initiatives at Roots, including joining the Fair Labour Association and moving over 85 per cent of its products to sustainable materials within the last three years, has been a priority during her leadership. The Brand has also expanded its omnichannel capabilities, enhancing the online customer experience and creating an omnichannel platform.

Roots has continued its international expansion with a brand relaunch in China as well as online enhancements to facilitate local currency transactions globally.

“Meghan has brought strategic insights, decisive leadership, financial rigour, and a growth mindset to Roots,” said Erol Uzumeri, Chairman of the Roots Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate her on these well-deserved recognitions.”