Is board gender parity a pipe dream?

Many dislike idea of quotas to encourage female appointees
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

When the board of directors at Intact Financial opened a search for a talented new member, it easily found Janet Da Silva.

She was among several candidates listed on Diversity 50, a collection of board-ready candidates who are women, minorities and Aboriginal Peoples, compiled by the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC).

Intact has used the list in looking for specific competencies that match the needs of its board, now and in the future, said Claude Dussault, chairman of Intact’s board and president of ACVA Investing in Quebec City.