MEDIA ADVISORY: The Business Case for Women on Corporate Boards
Catalyst COO, Deborah Gillis; Manulife past Chair, Gail Cook-Bennett;
and BMO CEO, Bill Downe, to lead panel discussion at Toronto Region
Board of Trade
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/09/13 -- News Media are
invited to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, on Wednesday, May 15 at
8 a.m. EDT, to hear Gail Cook-Bennett, past Chair of the Board,
Manulife Financial, Deborah Gillis, COO, Catalyst Inc., and Bill
Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group, discuss the merits of
increasing the representation of women on corporate boards.
Panellists will discuss:
-- The business case for women in leadership and how a higher
representation of women on boards improves the bottom line;
-- How organizations can benefit from having a higher representation of
women, and how the added skills and perspectives produce positive
-- Ways to address inequalities, for example with the Catalyst Accord, a
call to action for Canadian businesses to increase the overall
proportion of board seats held by women in Canada to 25% by 2017.
Who: Gail Cook-Bennett, Past Chair of the Board, Manulife Financial
Bill Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group
Deborah Gillis, COO, Catalyst Inc.
When: Wednesday May 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. Panel discussion
Media availability to follow
Where: Toronto Region Board of Trade Downtown Centre, 4th floor
1 First Canadian Place (use 77 Adelaide St. W. entrance)
For News Media Enquiries:
Toronto Region Board of Trade
BMO Financial Group
(416) 645 5867
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