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Catalyst and Enbridge Host a Panel Discussion in Calgary, Alberta: Building a Women's Network: Maintaining Effectiveness and Maximizing Results

Catalyst research has shown that one of the top barriers to women’s advancement is lack of access to networks. We also know that women’s networks have a positive impact, both personally and to an organization’s bottom line. However, launching these networks and finding ways to maximize their effectiveness can sometimes be a challenge.

On Thursday, September 14, 2006, Catalyst and Enbridge joined forces to present a half-day panel discussion with business leaders who shared their practices, successes and challenges in building and maintaining effective women’s networks. Attracting more than sixty women from some of Canada’s leading companies, the success of this event was a testament to the relevancy and importance of this topic, both to individual women and business. 

Some participant quotes include:

It hit me. Women’s networks are not the strategy; diversity is the strategy and women’s networks are just one piece of the puzzle. Diversity is the business case!

This was an excellent event which provided both the business case to support a network as well as practical suggestions on how to maintain the women’s network in my own organization.

This event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other women in leadership positions in the Calgary market and re-energize. I left the conference feeling uplifted and motivated to truly make a difference!

Catalyst has the facts that focus discussions on women’s issues in the workplace and on the bottom line business results.


  • Share best practices and knowledge of starting and structuring a women’s network
  • Share strategies for overcoming barriers and resistance to women’s networks
  • Provide a networking opportunity for participants
  • Help formulate concrete next steps


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

          Bonnie DuPont, Group Vice President, Corporate Resources, Enbridge

  • Catalyst Presentation:

Why Women’s Networks Matter

  • Panel Discussion:

Starting a Women’s Network
(Telus, Scotiabank, McCarthy Tetrault LLP)

  • Panel Discussion:

Achieving Business Excellence through Networks
(TransCanada Pipelines, Nova Chemicals, Ernst & Young LLP)

  • Lunch with Keynote Address:

The Power of Networks
Susan Paish, Senior Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LLP

  • Closing Remarks


  • Participating Companies

Canada Safeway
Husky Energy
Agrium Inc.
Shaw Communications
Suncor Energy
Wal-Mart Canada
GE Capital Solutions
Fluor Canada
CP Rail
Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.
IBM Canada
Xerox Global Services
Egon Zehnder International Inc
Shell Canada
AmEx Bank of Canada
Alberta Securities Commission
CE Franklin Ltd
Grant Thornton LLP
Ernst & Young
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
Nova Chemicals
TransCanada Pipelines
McCarthy Tetrault LLP

For more information about this event, please contact Sylvia Apostolidis at 416-815-7600 ext 632 or [email protected]