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.

Catalyst Canada Honours

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours, and we have introduced an expanded program with a new Emerging Leaders category, simpler application process, and more opportunities to recognize inclusive leaders.

If you know a leader who is a role model for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion, we encourage you to submit a Nomination Package by March 31.

The 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders will be celebrated at the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner to be held in this fall in Toronto.

  • Check out the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Conference retrospective.

  • Check out the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner retrospective.

Deborah Gillis Named #10 Most Powerful in Canada

Canadian Business Magazine named Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, as #10 in its list of The Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016, saying, “If your company is taking a serious look at the gender diversity of its senior leadership, you can thank Deborah Gillis.” As Catalyst’s first president from Canada, Ms. Gillis is a recognized advocate and expert on expanding opportunities for women and business. She is frequently quoted in the media globally, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNBC, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and Economic Times, on issues related to talent and women’s leadership.

Catalyst to Honour Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Catalyst will recognize the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, with a special commendation for his leadership in advancing diversity and gender equality, at the gala 2016 Catalyst Awards Dinner, on March 16, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Prime Minister Trudeau’s historic first cabinet includes equal numbers of women and men, and he has inspired leaders around the world by championing women’s rights and bringing women into the broader political dialogue.

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]

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