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Partner, Strategy and Leadership

Margaret Zanel is an accomplished board member and strategic advisor with over 25 years of executive experience spanning Fortune 100 companies, start-ups, and private equity ventures in North America's professional services, technology, and consumer packaged goods sectors.

Margaret is co-founder and Partner, Strategy and Leadership at Wentworth Strategy Group providing expert advice to boards, CEOs and leadership teams to support their growth and long-term sustainability. Margaret has deep expertise in strategy, scaling, culture, and change management, excelling in executive alignment, risk management, and strategic execution.



Margaret Zanel, ICD.D

Headshot of Margaret Zanel from the shoulders up smiling in a blazer.

Margaret currently serves on McMaster University’s Senate and is a member of the McMaster Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Margaret also serves on the Board of Directors of Achēv, a leading not for profit supporting newcomers, where she chairs the Strategic and Risk Management Committee. Previously, Margaret served on the advisory boards of Canadian women-owned start-ups in ride-hailing services and bio-conservation tech. She also served as a subsidiary board member of Xerox Canada Ltd.


Margaret holds an MBA in International Business from McMaster University and achieved her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


Margaret is an instructor with the Executive Education program of the DeGroote School of Business, teaching courses on strategy and equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is also a lead facilitator for the World Trade Centre's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP). In 2018, Margaret was selected as one of Diversity MBA Magazine's "Top 50 over 50", and in 2020 she was recognized as one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s, "Top 100 Women of Influence".

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