Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada

November 10, 2015 07:00 ET

Three Extraordinary Business Leaders Recognized as 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions for Advancing Women and Inclusive Workplaces

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2015) - Today, Catalyst Canada will pay tribute to this year's recipients of the prestigious Catalyst Canada Honours, recognizing three transformational business leaders who by action and example are accelerating women in their organizations, industries, and communities by championing inclusive workplaces.

The 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will be celebrated at today's full-day conference and gala dinner at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. They are:

Bill Thomas, Chief Executive Officer - KPMG in Canada, Chair - KPMG's Americas Region (Company/Firm Leader Champion)

Cynthia Hansen, Senior Vice President, Operations, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (Business Leader Champion)

Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Business Leader Champion)

"We salute the extraordinary leadership of this year's Champions," says Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada. "Each one of these individuals has taken bold steps to create inclusive workplaces where all smart, talented people, regardless of background, have an opportunity to succeed. They are true leaders in Canada, sharing a conviction that inclusion is not only good for business, but vital for our country's economic future."

"Congratulations to Catalyst Canada's 2015 honourees, three exemplary leaders whose personal commitment to diversity and inclusion continues to propel their companies forward and inspire others," says Bill Downe, CEO, BMO Financial Group, Chair, Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, and 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner Chair. "Developing all of Canada's talent, ensuring the same quality of opportunity is available to all - this is how we are increasing our country's competitiveness in a rapidly changing global economy. The time for debating is long past; it's time to lead, and we thank these Champions for rising to the challenge."

Catalyst research consistently shows that sponsoring and advocating for women is not only good for their career advancement, but benefits companies too, by creating a robust pipeline of talent. Studies also show that companies with a well-managed inclusive workforce unlock innovation and creativity and consistently outperform financially.



The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes leaders who advance women and inclusive workplaces in Canadian business. Recognizing that inclusive workplaces are good for business, these exceptional individuals serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders.


Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 member organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.

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