Minister Ambrose salutes Women's Executive Network for decade of leadership

OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women today saluted the Women's Executive Network (WXN) for more than a decade of work to advance the leadership of women in Canada.

"The Government of Canada is committed to the advancement of women in leadership in roles throughout our country. All of Canada benefits when women participate as leaders in all sectors of society," said Minister Ambrose. "The Government of Canada salutes the Women's Executive Network for its outstanding work inspiring a generation of women to succeed in Canada."

The Women's Executive Network Breakfast Series continued today in Ottawa. Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards.

"In Economic Action Plan 2012, our government announced an advisory council of leaders from the private and public sectors to promote women's participation on corporate boards," Minister Ambrose added. "Having more women in positions of economic leadership simply makes sense for our country and our economy."

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $20 million in funding has been approved for projects that promote women's leadership and democratic participation.

SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

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For media inquiries only:

Amber Irwin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women

For all other inquiries, contact:

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada

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