Gender Diversity on Canadian Boards

The Canadian Securities Administration (CSA) monitors public companies in Canada. They are keeping an eye on gender diversity and report their findings once a year.

The report (which is actually called the Report on Fifth Staff Review of Disclosure Regarding Women on Board and in Executive Officer Positions) noted the following facts:

  • 17% of board positions are held by women up from 15% in the prior year
  • 73% of the boards had a least one woman and 33% of the board vacancies are being filled by women.

Improvements are being made, but the pace of change is slow. If we improve female participation of the board by 2% a year, then we will need another 17 years to get to 50%. The general population is about 50% female, so the boards should also be 50% female.

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