The Catalyst Canada Honours Celebrates Champions of Women's Advancement

The Catalyst Canada Honours Celebrates Champions of Women's Advancement 
Six Business Leaders Recognized As Exceptional Role Models in
Corporate Canada 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/21/13 -- Today Catalyst
Canada awards its highest distinction, the annual Catalyst Canada
Honours, to six outstanding Champions who have challenged the status
quo and taken concrete action to advance and advocate for women in
their organizations, their industries, and their communities. All are
true examples of the Catalyst Canada Honours mission to create
visible role models for Canada's current and future business leaders. 
The 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will be celebrated at
today's full-day conference and gala dinner at The Fairmont Royal
York Hotel in Toronto, and include:  
- Marc-Andre Blanchard, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy
Tetrault LLP (Company/Firm Leader Champion).  
- Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and Country Chair & EVP Heavy Oil,
Shell Canada Limited (Company/Firm Leader Champion).  
- Susan Allen, Assurance Partner, International Team Leader, Global
Assurance Quality Review Group, PwC Canada (Business Leader
- Colleen Johnston, Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate
Communications & Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group (Business
Leader Champion).  
- Kate Broer, Partner and Canada Region Co-Chair, Diversity and
Inclusion, Dentons Canada LLP (Human Resources/Diversity Leader
- Purdy Crawford, Counsel, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Special
Recognition: Board Diversity Champion).  
Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes the critical role that
company/firm leaders, business leaders, and human resources/diversity
leaders together play in advancing women in business. This year's
record-breaking number of Champions reflects the growing prestige of
the Catalyst Canada Honours, and the profound effect individual
efforts can have on corporate Canada and the world. 
"You can't make change without champions leading the charge," says
Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada. "It takes real
courage to stand up, speak out, and shatter barriers and biases that
can block women from leadership roles. These extraordinary Champions
have taken bold steps to transform the workplace for women, and
inspired others to follow their lead. That's how you create the
ripple effect needed to make change stick, for today and future
"Each of these honourees saw the possibility-and acted," says Bill
Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group, and Catalyst Canada
Honours Dinner Chair. "Their personal commitment to the advancement
of women continues to propel their companies forward. The time for
debate is long past; it's time to lead, and we thank these Champions
for rising to the challenge." 
Catalyst research consistently shows that sponsoring women and
advocating on their behalf is not only crucial to women's career
advancement, but benefits companies, too, by creating a robust
pipeline of talent. According to Catalyst research, companies with
more women in leadership, on average, financially outperform those
with fewer.  
All of the six Catalyst Canada Honours Champions have leveraged their
influence to help expand opportunities and leadership roles for women
in business, and inspired others in corporate Canada to create
sustainable change.  
Read quotes from the 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions. 
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization
expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the
United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Australia, and more than
600 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. 
The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions of women in Canadian
business. Recognizing that what's good for women is good for
business, these exceptional individuals are personally and visibly
committed to the advancement of women and serve as powerful role
models for Canadian corporate leaders. 
Champions are nominated and once applications are received, Catalyst
Canada looks for clear indications of championship through leadership
behaviours that have had a visible impact on the advancement of women
both inside and outside their organization. The nomination process is
supported by interviews with the nominees and references.
For media inquiries, please contact:
For English in Canada:
Claire M. Tallarico
+ 1 416 616 9940 
En francais au Canada :
Ariane Tremblay
+ 1 514 861 1330 
At Catalyst:
Ellen Parlapiano
+1 646 388 7778
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