As Chief Operating Officer, Deborah Gillis is responsible for developing and executing Catalyst’s global strategy for membership growth and engagement, including member operations, programs, and services in Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and the United States.
With broad experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms Gillis brings a unique blend of strategic vision and operational savvy to her position at Catalyst, where she leads the expansion of Catalyst globally. Joining Catalyst in 2006 to lead Catalyst Canada, she assumed responsibility for Catalyst’s North American operations in 2008, and was appointed Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations, in January 2011. She was appointed to her current role in November 2012.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Gillis spent more than 20 years working with multinational organizations and in public service as both a political candidate and a policy maker, advising decision-makers in the public and private sectors. As a woman who has successfully overcome the challenges inherent in these high-pressure, male-dominated environments, Ms. Gillis is a recognized strong voice for women and business. She is frequently quoted in the media on issues related to talent and women’s leadership and regularly addresses senior leaders in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.
She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from York University in Toronto and was selected as a “Woman Worth Watching” in 2011 by Profiles in Diversity Journal.