Women in Leadership – Industry News

Leading the way

Lisa Borsook has made her mark in the male-dominated legal industry.  Managing partner at WeirFoulds LLP from 2007 to 2012, she has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert; was named one of the best lawyers in Canada in her practice area in Best Lawyers in Canada; and has been honoured as a Leading Practioner in the 2012 & 2013 Lexpert/American Lawyer 500. Executive partner at WeirFoulds, Borsook is a lawyer, wife, and mother who earned her way to the top of law firm hierarchies, and has spent much of her career advocating for change and helping women in the legal profession follow in her footsteps. [Read More…]

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

Now entering its eighth year, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition examines a range of diversity initiatives, including programs for five major employee groups: (a) Women; (b) Members of visible minorities; (c) Persons with disabilities; (d) Aboriginal peoples; and (e) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples. This competition replaced our two annual rankings of the top employers for women and visible minorities, which we published as an appendix to our book between 2002 and 2007, when the present competition was launched. [Read More…]

Companies show progress in adding female directors

Canada’s largest public companies have added more women to their boards in the past two years as they face growing public pressure to bolster their diversity, including proposed new regulatory guidelines. New research by women’s advocacy group Catalyst shows women comprised 12.1 per cent of directors on boards of publicly traded Canadian companies in 2013, up from 10.3 per cent in 2011. The proportion of public companies with no female directors fell sharply to 41.7 per cent from 46.2 per cent in 2011. [Read More…]

Getting women on corporate boards: Canada’s middling approach just might work

Board diversity is a hot topic in corporate Canada. With various European countries passing mandatory quota legislation to increase the number of women on boards and our federal and provincial governments calling for a balanced gender complement, regulators have faced increasing pressure to take a close look at the issue. But recent evidence suggests that Canadian companies are already responding by voluntarily making changes around the boardroom table. Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has released a study indicating that Canadian companies may be surpassing their American counterparts in women’s representation on boards. [Read More…]

Women make — small — stride in board representation

It’s climbing, but inch by inch. Female representation on boards of directors at Canada’s big public companies progressed by almost two per cent during the last two years. But that still brings the percentage of women sitting on boards to 12.1 per cent from 10.3 per cent in 2011. According to the latest StatsCan census, females made up 50.4 per cent of the population in 2010, or 17.2 million vs. 16.9 million males. Quebec fared best of Canada’s large provinces, due largely to a law requiring state-owned corporations to have a 50-50 gender split among board directors. [Read More…]  

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