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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Business Case for Women on Corporate Boards


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
    business results; 
    
--  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)          

Contacts: For News Media Enquiries: Toronto Region Board of Trade Matthew Kofsky 416-862-4558 mkofsky@bot.com

BMO Financial Group Ralph Marranca (416) 867-3996 ralph.marranca@bmo.com

Catalyst Negin Neghabat-Wolthoff (416) 645 5867 nwolthoff@catalyst.org

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