The Catalyst Canada Honours

On October 21, the Catalyst Canada Honours dinner gathered 650 top leaders from corporate Canada to honour the contributions of five Champions of women’s advancement, and to give Special Recognition as Board Diversity Champion to Purdy Crawford, Counsel, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Each of the champions shared personal stories about the impact of mentors and sponsors in their own careers, and the decisions that have enabled them to become powerful role models and leaders who have incorporated the principles of equity and inclusion throughout their careers.

Earlier, at the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference, leaders across the spectrum of Canadian business discussed their role in promoting the advancement of women in the workplace. The 150 Conference participants also heard from each champion about personal experiences and strategies that led to the advancement of women. 

Across Canada, champions like the five 2013 honourees are working hard to advance women and prove that what’s good for women is good for business. If you are a champion, or know one, go to the 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Nomination Form, and plan to be part of next year’s celebration.

Catalyst Canada in Action

Although we are concerned that Canada may slip behind other countries in its efforts to advance women, we’re pleased with some recent developments:

  • Alex Johnston, Catalyst Canada’s Executive Director, is an ex officio member of the Federal Government’s initiative to seek advice on ways to increase the number of women on boards.

  • The Catalyst Accord continues to attract signatories. Welcome, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, CIBC, Dentons, Desjardins, PwC, Scotiabank, and Telus!

Catalyst Canada in the News

As The Globe and Mail reported, Chief Operating Officer Deborah Gillis, who led the Catalyst Canada and then went on to serve as Senior Vice President, Membership & Global Operations, will succeed Ilene H. Lang as Catalyst's President and CEO effective January 1, 2014.This is the first time a non-American (and Canadian!) has been appointed President in Catalyst’s 51 year history.

Catalyst Canada Executive Director Alex Johnson was interviewed by Bloomberg on the importance of the appointment of Kathleen Taylor as RBC Board Chair.

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.