In the fall of 2003, Petra Cooper was president of McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher Education in Toronto, then a $47 million unit of McGraw-Hill. At 41, she was comfortable, successful -- and bored. The industry was being turned upside down by digital media, and a once-growth-oriented job was now all about cutting costs. "I saw the scope of the job getting smaller and smaller," Cooper recalls.
One of the first things a visitor to Toronto notices is its diversity; the melange of architecture, cultures and food forges a town-like feel in what is undoubtedly a bustling metropolis. In fact, Toronto has attracted so many cultures to its shores that the United Nations deemed it the world's most multicultural city. So it's only fitting that the Huron tribe gave it the name "meeting place" almost five centuries ago.