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March 26, 2012Our focus this month has been on women on corporate boards, and the changes that corporate Canada can make to become a world leader in recruiting qualified women for these positions. The 2011 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors reveals that just 14.5 percent of the Board directors of Canada’s largest companies are women. Catalyst Canada has proposed the Catalyst Accord, which challenges the FP 500 companies to increase their overall proportion of board representation by women to 25 percent. Catalyst is supporting companies that sign on to the Catalyst Accord by providing a list of board-ready women, personally sponsored by members of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, and recognition on the Catalyst website. We will also be honouring a board diversity champion at The Catalyst Canada Honours. We invite you to read more about the Catalyst Accord on our website.

Read on for some responses to the 2011 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors and the Catalyst Accord:

READ: “Breaking the Boardroom Gender Barrier” by Leah Eichler, The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2012.

READ: “Catalyst Challenges FP500 to Fill 25% of Board Seats with Women” by Caitlyn Coverly, Financial Post, March 8, 2012.

READ: “The 25% Solution: How to Diversify the Boardroom” by Janet McFarland, The Globe and Mail, March 8, 2012.

READ: “International Women’s Day Question: Why the Boardroom Inequity?” by Don Tennant, IT Business Edge, March 8, 2012.

READ: “Catalyst to Canadian Firms: Have 25 Percent of Women on Corporate Boards by 2017”, Diversity Executive, March 8, 2012.

READ: “International Women’s Day: Break the Glass Ceiling for Women, Businesses Urged” by Francine Kopun, thestar.com, March 8, 2012.