Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, discusses why identifying and developing diverse talent is crucial to Canada’s future, with the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; David McKay, President and CEO of RBC; and David Jacobson, former US Ambassador to Canada.


About Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada is the leading nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and business in Canada. Established in 2000, Catalyst Canada addresses the unique concerns of Canadian women in business through research, education, and events. The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes individual champions of women in business. The Catalyst Accord is a call to action for FP500 companies to increase the representation of women on their boards.

Catalyst Canada Honours

The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference is a collaborative knowledge exchange with other human resources/diversity leaders, industry professionals, and champions of women’s advancement from across Canada to learn and discuss the research and strategies to make change in Canadian business. The Conference will feature the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and precedes the celebratory Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner.

The Catalyst Canada Honours is a celebration of individuals who are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women and who serve as influential role models for corporate leaders in Canada.

The Champions will be honoured at a gala dinner in Toronto in the fall of 2015.

Catalyst Accord

The Catalyst Accord is our call to action for Canadian companies to increase the representation of women on their corporate boards. The list of signatories now includes 27 companies, and it continues to grow. For more information about how your company can join, please contact [email protected]

Catalyst Canada in Action

Catalyst Canada and partners EY, the International Women’s Forum, and the 30% Club gathered a prominent group of CEOs, board chairs, government leaders, regulators, and advocates on November 13, 2014, to emphasize the importance of accelerating change on boards and outline steps that leaders can take to diversify their boards and executive committees and strengthen their talent pipelines. Following a breakfast event, Catalyst Canada and its partners opened the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Accelerating change in the boardroom: Catalyst gathers CEOs, board chairs, government leaders, regulators and advocates to open the Toronto Stock Exchange and celebrate finalization of Canadian Securities Regulators’ rule amendments requiring disclosure of women on boards and in senior management.

Catalyst Canada in the News

  • How to shake up corporate Canada’s old boys’ club, April 23 2015, The Globe and Mail, by Tim Kiladze

  • Gender pay gap in Canada more than twice global average, study shows, May 5, 2015, The Globe and Mail, by Mary Beach

  • Femmes membres de CA : le Canada accuse toujours du retard, Janvier 13, 2015, Premières en affaires

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