Harper Government Wants More Women on Boards

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced today an advisory council to promote the participation of women on public and private corporate boards.

And she put her money where her mouth announcing that 14 members of the 21 person council are women.

“Increasing opportunities for women to serve on corporate boards makes good business sense for Canadian women and for Canada’s economy,” said Minister Ambrose. “Businesses with more women on their boards are more profitable and routinely outperform those with fewer. The role of the advisory council will be to advise our government on how industry can increase women’s representation on corporate boards.”

While many women lead successful businesses and are active members of corporate boards, they remain under-represented. Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government will work with the private sector to promote the participation of women on corporate boards and champion their leadership.

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The new advisory council is comprised of women and men representing a wide range of experience within the corporate sector. All have distinguished themselves as inspired, forward-thinking leaders and decision-makers committed to the principles of equality, diversity and excellence in our country’s boardrooms. Notable members include CBC Dragon Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications and Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman of OpenText.