BMO Financial Group

BMO Financial Group

May 14, 2013 09:00 ET

REPEAT-MEDIA ADVISORY: The Business Case for Women on Corporate Boards

Catalyst COO, Deborah Gillis; Manulife past Chair, Gail Cook-Bennett; and BMO CEO, Bill Downe, to lead panel discussion at Toronto Region Board of Trade

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - News Media are invited to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 a.m. EDT, to hear Gail Cook-Bennett, past Chair of the Board, Manulife Financial, Deborah Gillis, COO, Catalyst Inc., and Bill Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group, discuss the merits of increasing the representation of women on corporate boards.

Panellists will discuss:

  • The business case for women in leadership and how a higher representation of women on boards improves the bottom line;

  • How organizations can benefit from having a higher representation of women, and how the added skills and perspectives produce positive business results;

  • Ways to address inequalities, for example with the Catalyst Accord, a call to action for Canadian businesses to increase the overall proportion of board seats held by women in Canada to 25% by 2017.

Who: Gail Cook-Bennett, Past Chair of the Board, Manulife Financial
Bill Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group
Deborah Gillis, COO, Catalyst Inc.
When: Wednesday May 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. Panel discussion
Media availability to follow
Where: Toronto Region Board of Trade Downtown Centre, 4th floor
1 First Canadian Place (use 77 Adelaide St. W. entrance)

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