TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today met with the
federal government's Advisory Council to promote the participation of
women on corporate boards.
"Our Government believes that creating more opportunities for women to
demonstrate leadership in the boardroom is not only good for women but
for Canada and the economy," said Minister Leitch. "The 2013 Speech
from the Throne focuses on jobs and opportunities for all Canadians,
and the work of the Advisory Council and our efforts to increase the
number of women serving on corporate boards across our country will
benefit the economy."
While there are many women who are successful business leaders across
Canada, they remain under-represented on corporate boards of directors.
Increasing the number of women on boards has been shown to result in
more effective decisions for Canadian businesses, leading to improved
corporate performance. As announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the
Advisory Council is to make recommendations on ways in which Canada can
increase the participation of women on corporate boards. The Advisory
Council is comprised of women and men representing a wide range of
expertise in different sectors of the economy.
"Today, Council members discussed the many issues that can make a real
difference for Canadian women at the top levels of corporate life in
Canada," said Minister Leitch. "It is important that we identify ideas
and strategies to foster engagement and commitment across various
sectors of our economy to support more women serving on boards."
The Harper Government continues to take measures that support Canadian
women and Canada's economy. In fact, a number of initiatives were
outlined in the 2013 Speech from the Throne that will benefit Canadian
women. These include: an updated Science, Technology and Innovation
Strategy; creation of jobs and opportunities in skilled trades; and,
investments in the natural resource and forestry sectors where women
continue to be particularly underrepresented.
The new Canada-Europe Trade Agreement is also an historic opportunity
for Canada to generate significant benefits, jobs and opportunities for
all Canadians, including women.
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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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