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June 19, 2014It’s been five years since the first Catalyst Canada Honours recognized three people whose careers exemplified commitment to the advancement of women in business.

With today’s announcement of the 2014 Honourees, we have recognized twenty-one Catalyst Canada Honours Champions. They’re women and men. They come from across the country and industries. They’re part of the leadership of Canadian business: in banking and financial services, in law and business consulting, in resource development and energy production, in service industries and food production. What they share is a conviction that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve her or his potential. They have made that a hallmark of their careers and, in doing so, have become visible leaders in advancing women in business.

In October, Catalyst Canada will honour five exceptional leaders:

Like their predecessors, the five 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions  challenge the status quo and cultivate allies and champions to transform their own organizations and the Canadian business culture.

They are role models, mentors, and change agents, and they have a powerful impact on the careers and opportunities of countless individual women across Canada.

The numbers are starting to move. Those signs of change reflect the collective efforts and leadership of the Catalyst Canada Honours Champions, and others across the country like them, who believe that a truly diverse and inclusive organization, reflected through the ranks up to the highest levels, is a crucial business advantage in a competitive world.

And more business leaders are recognizing the value of this. They’re the CEOs of our Catalyst Accord companies. They’ve signed on to Women on Board to find board-ready women. They understand that their own companies and the national economy will thrive when everyone has the opportunity to achieve and advance, drawing from the deck of available talent, including women.

Please join the celebration in Toronto on October 8th to recognize the contributions of our Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and re-commit ourselves to truly inclusive workplaces across the country.

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