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 featured the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and preceded 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.

Check out the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference retrospective.

Check out the Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner retrospective.

Recent Event: Advancing Gender Diversity in Toronto

On September 22, Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada, moderated a discussion about advancing gender diversity. The conversation, which took place over breakfast, featured Helena Morrissey, 30% Club Founder and Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC. The event, which was hosted by CIBC, took 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 Connects: Toronto

On September 10, Catalyst Canada and RBC proudly hosted Catalyst Connects in Toronto featuring Annette Verschuren, former President of Home Depot Canada and Asia, and eBay Canada’s Andrea Stairs. The event, facilitated by Alex Johnston, Catalyst Canada’s Executive Director, brought together an audience of over 250 from Catalyst member companies. The dynamic and inspiring women shared their experiences and provided advice for women wanting to grow and succeed in their business careers. Both insisted on the importance of gaining and providing sponsorship for women seeking advancement in their careers and recommended that women actively seek out this support. 

The Catalyst Connects series, sponsored by RBC, aims to bring high-potential women together with speakers considered to be powerful role models, and to provide an opportunity for participants to connect with other talented women at the networking reception. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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