Minister Ambrose consults on promoting women's participation on corporate boards

VANCOUVER, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today held a roundtable discussion with local business leaders, corporate executives and community decision-makers to discuss ways to promote women's leadership and participation on boards of directors.

"Women are a vital part of our country's economy, representing about half of Canada's workforce and consistently proving their value in the management ranks of businesses large and small," said Minister Ambrose. "Increasing opportunities for women to serve on corporate boards makes good business sense for Canadian women and for Canada's economy."

Economic Action Plan 2012 announces the creation of an advisory council of leaders from the private and public sectors to promote women's participation on corporate boards. Minister Ambrose will work with the private sector to promote the participation of women on boards, to champion their leadership and to link corporations to a network of women with professional skills and experience.

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada
613 995-7839

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