TORONTO (November 10, 2015)—Today, Catalyst Canada will pay tribute to this year’s recipients of the prestigious Catalyst Canada Honours, recognizing three transformational business leaders who by action and example are accelerating women in their organizations, industries, and communities by championing inclusive workplaces.
“We salute the extraordinary leadership of this year’s Champions,” says Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada. “Each one of these individuals has taken bold steps to create inclusive workplaces where all smart, talented people, regardless of background, have an opportunity to succeed. They are true leaders in Canada, sharing a conviction that inclusion is not only good for business, but vital for our country’s economic future.”
“Congratulations to Catalyst Canada’s 2015 honourees, three exemplary leaders whose personal commitment to diversity and inclusion continues to propel their companies forward and inspire others,” says Bill Downe, CEO, BMO Financial Group and Chair, Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, and 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner Chair. “Developing all of Canada’s talent, ensuring the same quality of opportunity is available to all, this is how we are increasing our country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing global economy. The time for debating is long past; it’s time to lead, and we thank these Champions for rising to the challenge.”
Catalyst research consistently shows that sponsoring and advocating for women is not only good for their career advancement, but benefits companies too, by creating a robust pipeline of talent. Studies also show that companies with a well-managed inclusive workforce unlock innovation and creativity and consistently outperform financially.
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ABOUT THE CATALYST CANADA HONOURS
The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes leaders who advance women and inclusive workplaces in Canadian business. Recognizing that inclusive workplaces are good for business, these exceptional individuals serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 member organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.