Federal government finally gets ‘on board’ (Guest Commentary)

Advisory council to promote women as corporate directors surprising, but welcome
By Thea Miller
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2012

When Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, while delivering the budget, announced the federal government was going to create an advisory council to promote women as corporate directors, I was floored.

After working for the past six years at Women On Board, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit agency, to raise awareness about the lack of women in Canada’s corporate boardrooms, build the talent pool and profile the women who are qualified to serve on corporate boards, I’ve had my ear bent toward Ottawa, listening for the tiniest of peeps.

Instead, I heard about the governments of Britain, Belgium, Norway, France, Australia, Denmark and Germany and the various positions they were adopting to increase the number of women in their boardrooms.