Not one woman among 40 CEOs

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE -

THE top 40 chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of Man­i­toba’s pub­licly traded cor­po­ra­tions were re­cently ac­knowl­edged in the Win­nipeg Free Press. Their salaries and ben­e­fits were note­wor­thy but just as ap­par­ent was the fact that among them there was not a sin­gle woman. Not one.

It might seem odd, and even sur­pris­ing, un­less you are aware that the boards who hired them were all male-dom­i­nated and many ab­sent of women. These boards fit the clas­si­cal WASP mem­ber­ship with few mi­nori­ties, abo­rig­i­nals, or women. In fact, when these “old boys” re­tire, they se­lect as their re­place­ments other men who look, sound and act like them.

Take a look at some of some of these busi­nesses.

The North West Com­pany has been a pretty sta­ble and prof­itable com­pany with a good div­i­dend pay­out for some years. Its board con­sists of nine peo­ple, which in­cludes one woman. It has no abo­rig­i­nal direc­tors in spite of be­ing the pri­mary food, fur­ni­ture, and cloth­ing store on many re­serves and through­out Canada’s North. Re­cently, it ac­quired the Gi­ant Tiger stores.

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