Media Advisory & Invitation - Gender equality in the boardroom: how far have we really come?



    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Women have made great strides in carving a place
out for themselves in today's workplace, but many argue that Canada's
corporate boardrooms are still predominantly male dominated. Women, along with
individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, have much to offer the
workplace including different opinions and experiences, which help enrich and
enhance their competitive edge in this global marketplace. Yet women represent
a mere 13 percent of the FP500 corporate board seats in Canada, according to a
Catalyst report published in June 2008. This begets the question: how far have
we really come on the issue of gender equality?
    The second of four in this luncheon series by KPMG and the WXN, is
dedicated to fostering an open and candid discussion about the real story of
gender equality and female advancement in today's workforce in Canada.
    Join our Patron Host, Hazel McCallion, the first and longest serving
mayor of Mississauga, along with our Moderator, Carol Toller, Deputy Editor of
Report on Business at The Globe and Mail, as they welcome our panel featuring
three generations of women who will share their personal challenges and career
success stories.

    
    Panellists for this session include:

    -  Beth Wilson, Canadian Managing Partner, KPMG Enterprise(TM)
    -  Sylvia Chrominska, Global Human Resources & Communications, Scotiabank
    -  Samina Hashmi, Engineers Without Borders

    Date:   Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Time:   Registration: 11:30 am - 11:55 am

            Luncheon: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Place:  The Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto

    Topic:  "Gender Equality: How Far Have We Come?"
    

    About KPMG

    KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the
laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG
International, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax,
and Advisory services. Member firms operate in 144 countries and have more
than 137,000 professionals working around the world.
    Please visit www.kpmg.ca for further information.

    About WXN

    The Women's Executive Network (WXN) is Canada's most influential female
audience and the country's leading organization dedicated to the advancement
and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Since 1997, WXN
has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the growing number of female
managers and executives across Canada. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in
Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of women leaders.
    Please visit www.wxnetwork.com.






For further information:

For further information: or to RSVP, please contact: Shilpa Kotecha,
Media Relations, KPMG, (416) 777-8918, skotecha@kpmg.ca; Sara Falconer, Media
Relations, WXN, (416) 361-1475 x 233, sfalconer@wxnetwork.com


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