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Catalyst Canada and McCarthy Tétrault host Advancing Women in Corporate Canada: Current State and Inspiring Solutions

“The senior women and men who challenge corporate Canada to make real and lasting change are role models to me and my colleagues. We see there’s a possibility.”  —Luncheon guest 

On April 4, 2007, 60 CEOs and senior executives attended Catalyst Canada’s luncheon to release the 2006 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the FP 500 in Canada and celebrate Scotiabank’s 2007 Catalyst Award-winning initiative. The event, Advancing Women in Corporate Canada: Current State and Inspiring Solutions, took place at the prestigious Verity Club in downtown Toronto. 

After welcoming remarks by Iain Scott, Chair & CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, Deborah Gillis, Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, presented key findings from the Catalyst Census. Year after year, the Census paints a picture of frustratingly slow growth rates that would otherwise never be tolerated for businesses or personal investments. Ms. Gillis challenged corporate Canada to level the playing field and give qualified women access to critical line experience required to compete for the clout positions that the Census monitors. Beth Horowitz, President & CEO of American Express Canada, concurred, saying that it is unnecessary to debate whether the glass is half-full, or halfempty, or whether a ceiling exists; the business case for advancing women exists, and it’s time to make senior executives accountable for actually making positive change.  

The disappointing Census results were balanced by a more positive message from keynote speaker Sylvia Chrominska, Scotiabank’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources, and Public, Corporate & Government Affairs. In the three years since Scotiabank launched its 2007 Catalyst Award-winning initiative, Unlocking Potential, Delivering Results: The Advancement of Women Initiative, the number of women at all senior levels has nearly doubled. This cutting-edge strategy, backed by an unwavering commitment from the most senior levels of the company, advances women and business in Canada and around the world.

For more information about this event, please contact Sylvia Apostolidis at 416-815-7600 x632 or [email protected].