Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Group devoted to advancement of women in workplace defends appointing a man as chair - CBC

Originally published: September 15, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

The Canadian division of an organization that advocates for the advancement of women in the workplace is defending its decision to pick a male executive again to be the chair of its advisory board, a move some are calling a missed opportunity.

Catalyst Canada recently named Victor Dodig, the chief executive officer of CIBC, to the post. Dodig takes over from another male bank executive — Bill Downe — who is retiring from his post as CEO of the Bank of Montreal and has stepped down from his role at Catalyst. Downe was chair of Catalyst's advisory board for four years.

'Not a women's issue'

Tanya van Biesen, the executive director of Catalyst Canada, said Friday that her objective since she joined the organization has been to change the conversation on how women advance in the workplace.