WestJet signs Catalyst Accord
CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012
Airline re-commits to increase presence of women in leadership roles
CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - WestJet today announced that it has
signed the Catalyst Accord, a call to action for Canadian corporations to
increase the overall proportion of FP500 board seats held by women to 25
percent by 2017. Catalyst is the leading non-profit organization expanding
opportunities for women and business.
"We're pleased to have signed the Catalyst Accord today," said Gregg Saretsky,
WestJet President and CEO. "As part of our ongoing diversity and inclusion
vision, we strive to be an industry leader in our human resource practices.
Signing this agreement re-commits and solidifies our commitment to a balance
of qualified men and women working in, and leading, our organization."
The Catalyst Accord calls for participating companies to pledge to the agreed
objective, to increase the number of women board members, and to challenge the
assumption that qualified women cannot be found. To augment the
representation of women on boards, companies will work with Catalyst and
receive access to board-ready women representing a range of industries and
skill sets, who are personally sponsored by individual members of the Catalyst
"The Catalyst Accord shows a focused commitment on the part of corporate
Canada to increasing women's representation on its boards and provides the
tools to make change happen," said Alex Johnston, Executive Director of
Catalyst Canada Inc. "By signing on to the Catalyst Accord, companies in
corporate Canada address this challenge and demonstrate respect for diversity
and smart business practices through their leadership on this issue."
WestJet continues to hire employees, known as "WestJetters," into new roles as
the airline expands its network through responsible and sustainable growth.
Over the last three years, more than 1,490 new jobs were created. As the
airline launches WestJet Encore, more than 1,800 new jobs are expected to be
created as the regional airline reaches full maturity.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than
9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 100 Boeing
Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an
additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to
launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the
five most successful international airlines in the world.
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Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading non-profit membership organization
expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United
States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 500 preeminent corporations
as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and
advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational
initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.
Follow Catalyst Inc:
WestJet media contact:
Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397),firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catalyst media contact:
Susan Nierenbergsnierenberg@catalyst.org, 646-388-7744
Magda Jarota, Maverick PR,email@example.com, 416-641-5525
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