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Board Diversity

How Canadian Companies Can Diversify Their Boards

Simply put, gender diversity more accurately reflects the world we're dealing in. When you embrace it, you gain insight into your clients' thinking, you develop better relationships, and you build a better company.

Xochitl Ledesma

Xochitl Ledesma is the Director of our Leading with Inclusion Team and is focused on partnering with supporters to create learning programs that foster inclusive leadership at all levels of an organization.
Manager Development

Speakers Bureau

Catalyst speakers will engage your audiences in a variety of ways, including keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions.
Culture Change


Our consultants will help you turn diversity into a business advantage.

Colleen Johnston

Colleen Johnston’s advocacy and championship of women and diverse employees at TD Bank Group is a key contributor to the bank’s unique and inclusive culture.

Marc-André Blanchard

Marc-André Blanchard believes that organizations are stronger when the corporate culture encourages people with different backgrounds to be themselves and succeed. Because of this, he has worked to create a culture at McCarthy Tétrault so that all lawyers and staff can fully be themselves, develop their careers, and thrive.

Frank Vettese

Frank Vettese has been committed to advancing women and diversity and inclusion (D&I) throughout his entire career. Mr. Vettese joined Deloitte in 2002, and has served as both the national and global leader of the financial advisory practice. He was elected Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte Canada in 2012. In 2016, he became Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer, signaling to the Firm that he is personally accountable for continuing to advance D&I at Deloitte, leveraging a number of critical D&I initiatives he has personally sponsored. Mr. Vettese is committed to creating a strong pipeline of successful women leaders, and he was the first CEO to place women on the Executive team and to require that a woman or a member of an underrepresented group be eligible for leading the firm’s biggest and most important clients.

Victor G. Dodig

As the leader of CIBC, one of Canada’s largest banks, Victor Dodig is ensuring that he is setting a clear tone from the top regarding diversity & inclusion (D&I). He is a strong believer in the importance of workplace diversity and the empowerment of all talent to be able to thrive and succeed. Upon becoming CEO in 2014, he launched a global D&I strategy focused on building gender-balanced leadership teams. He formed the CIBC Gender Action Committee, comprised of senior executives who help implement the strategy, and publicly disclosed a goal to achieve at least 30% women in executive roles by 2018 to bolster accountability for reaching that target. Outside of CIBC, Mr. Dodig is a member of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board as well as Chair of the 30% Club Canada.

Careers at Catalyst

Who We Are We are Catalyst—a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and companies to help them build workplaces that work for women. Armed with our robust research findings, we engage our Supporters through consulting, thought partnership, research partnership, workshops, webinars, speaking engagements, conferences, employee…

What We Do

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organizations accelerate progress for women at work with: Pioneering research. Practical tools. Proven solutions to remove barriers and drive change. We…

Sarah Gilberg

Sarah Gilberg works passionately to improve workplaces for all people and strongly believes in the power of data to shape business strategy on issues of D&I. Through her expertise in analysis, Sarah looks in-depth with clients at their workforce data to identify their key diversity and inclusion issues, using that…