Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, discusses why identifying and developing diverse talent is crucial to Canada’s future, with the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; David McKay, President and CEO of RBC; and David Jacobson, former US Ambassador to Canada.


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

The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference is a collaborative knowledge exchange with other human resources/diversity leaders, industry professionals, and champions of women’s advancement from across Canada to learn and discuss the research and strategies to make change in Canadian business. The Conference will feature the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and precedes the celebratory Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner.

The Catalyst Canada Honours is a celebration of individuals who are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women and who serve as influential role models for corporate leaders in Canada.

Join us Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in Toronto to honour the 2015 Champions. If you have questions or require more information, please contact us at [email protected] or +1 416 645 5868.

Upcoming Event: Advancing Gender Diversity in Toronto

Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada, will moderate a discussion about advancing gender diversity. The conversation, which will take place over breakfast, will feature Helena Morrissey, 30% Club Founder and Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC. The event, which is being hosted by CIBC, will take place in Toronto.

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

Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada was featured on CCTV America to discuss women in the workplace. Click on the image below to watch the interview.


Catalyst Canada in the News

  • Businesses could do with the feminine touch, 26 May 2015, The Telegraph, by Martin Vander Weyer

  • Gender pay gap in Canada more than twice global average, study shows, 5 May 2015, The Globe and Mail, by Mary Beach

  • How to shake up corporate Canada’s old boys’ club, April 23 2015, The Globe and Mail, by Tim Kiladze

  • More articles.