Al­liance formed to get women on boards

StarMetro Edmonton - - Canada - Tara Deschamps

Some of the coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial ad­vo­cacy groups for women in busi­ness are band­ing to­gether in a new al­liance meant to add pres­sure to grow­ing calls for gen­der par­ity on boards.

The Canadian Gen­der and Good Gov­er­nance Al­liance (CGGGA) says it’s the first part­ner­ship of its kind in Canada. It unites the 30% Club Canada, the Busi­ness Coun­cil of Canada, the Canadian Coali­tion for Good Gov­er­nance, Cat­a­lyst Canada, the Clark­son Cen­tre, the In­sti­tute of Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tors and Women in Cap­i­tal Mar­kets.

For years, the groups in­di­vid­u­ally pushed for equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women, cit­ing that women only hold about 14 per cent of Canadian board seats and say­ing it will take more than 30 years to reach par­ity.

But they’re hope­ful col­lab­o­rat­ing can im­prove such statis­tics.

The al­liance re­leased a “play­book” with strate­gies for re­cruit­ment, sug­ges­tions around term and age lim­its and tips for de­vel­op­ing gen­der and di­ver­sity poli­cies.

Marie Boun­tro­gianni, Dean at Ry­er­son Uni­ver­sity’s G. Ray­mond Chang School of Con­tin­u­ing Education and for­mer MPP, called the play­book a “cat­a­lyst for cre­at­ing high-level aware­ness of this crit­i­cal is­sue and help­ing move the pen­du­lum.”

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