Airline re-commits to increase presence of women in leadership roles
CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced that it has signed the Catalyst Accord, a call to
action for Canadian corporations to increase the overall proportion of
FP500 board seats held by women to 25 percent by 2017. Catalyst is the
leading non-profit organization expanding opportunities for women and
"We're pleased to have signed the Catalyst Accord today," said Gregg
Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "As part of our ongoing diversity
and inclusion vision, we strive to be an industry leader in our human
resource practices. Signing this agreement re-commits and solidifies
our commitment to a balance of qualified men and women working in, and
leading, our organization."
The Catalyst Accord calls for participating companies to pledge to the
agreed objective, to increase the number of women board members, and to
challenge the assumption that qualified women cannot be found. To
augment the representation of women on boards, companies will work with
Catalyst and receive access to board-ready women representing a range
of industries and skill sets, who are personally sponsored by
individual members of the Catalyst Advisory Board.
"The Catalyst Accord shows a focused commitment on the part of corporate
Canada to increasing women's representation on its boards and provides
the tools to make change happen," said Alex Johnston, Executive
Director of Catalyst Canada Inc. "By signing on to the Catalyst Accord,
companies in corporate Canada address this challenge and demonstrate
respect for diversity and smart business practices through their
leadership on this issue."
WestJet continues to hire employees, known as "WestJetters," into new
roles as the airline expands its network through responsible and
sustainable growth. Over the last three years, more than 1,490 new jobs
were created. As the airline launches WestJet Encore, more than 1,800
new jobs are expected to be created as the regional airline reaches
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered
low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer,
WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a
fleet of 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft
through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,
WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international
airlines in the world.
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Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading non-profit membership
organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With
offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than
500 preeminent corporations as 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.
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Media Relations, 1-888-WJ-4-NEWS (1-888-954-6397), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catalyst media contact:
Susan Nierenberg email@example.com, 646-388-7744
Magda Jarota, Maverick PR, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-641-5525