Catalyst Canada Honours

Over 600 business leaders gathered on October 8, 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto to celebrate the 5th annual Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner. The 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions were celebrated for their visible leadership and personal commitment to the advancement of women, and they serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders.

The Champions were joined during the Conference by an impressive list of speakers, highlighted by a panel discussion on North American talent development including His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; President and CEO of RBC, David McKay; and Former US Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, along with an engaging presentation by Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law, on the topic of covering.

The Dinner was a celebration of the Champions and recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to creating inclusive workplaces. The evening was marked by many special moments, including a surprise recognition given to Dinner Chair Bill Downe, CEO of BMO Financial Group, who has shown his ongoing commitment to Catalyst and our mission through his personal leadership and efforts on behalf of women’s advancement.

Catalyst Accord

The Catalyst Accord is our call to action for Canadian companies to increase the representation of women on their corporate boards. The list of signatories now includes 27 companies, and it continues to grow. For more information about how your company can join, please contact [email protected]

Catalyst Canada in Action

Catalyst Canada and partners EY, the International Women’s Forum, and the 30% Club gathered a prominent group of CEOs, board chairs, government leaders, regulators, and advocates on November 13, 2014, to emphasize the importance of accelerating change on boards and outline steps that leaders can take to diversify their boards and executive committees and strengthen their talent pipelines. Following a breakfast event, Catalyst Canada and its partners opened the Toronto Stock Exchange.

For more information about upcoming Catalyst events in Canada, please visit our events calendar and search by region.

About Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada is the leading nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and business in Canada. Established in 2000, Catalyst Canada addresses the unique concerns of Canadian women in business through research, education, and events. The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes individual champions of women in business. The Catalyst Accord is a call to action for FP500 companies to increase the representation of women on their boards.