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B3 Canada - Women Get On Board Partnership: Advocates for Board Gender Diversity

By Josephine Victoria Yam, J.D., LLM.

We are pleased to announce B3 Canada’s new partnership with Women Get On Board (WGOB). WGOB is a leading member-based company based in Toronto that connects, promotes and empowers women to serve on corporate boards.

I was so happy to personally meet Deborah Rosati, WGOB CEO and Co-Founder when I was in Toronto two weeks ago. Deborah is an accomplished corporate director and entrepreneur, having been recognized as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Deborah and I excitedly discussed how our organizations share the common goal of advancing gender diversity in boards. Particularly WGOB advocates for gender diversity in corporate boards while B3 Canada advocates for the same in nonprofit boards.

While in Toronto, I also attended the very successful WGOB event “How to Prepare for Board Interviews". It provided an insightful discussion from seasoned board directors on how to ace corporate board interviews. Interestingly, their advice was very much applicable for those interviewing with nonprofit boards as well. Indeed, the journey from serving on nonprofit boards to serving on corporate boards is an intuitive, natural one. And an important one as well.

In its “Good for Business: A Plan to Promote More Women on Canadian Boards”, the Canadian government set out a national goal of 30% women on boards by 2019 in the corporate and public sectors. The government believes that achieving this goal will give Canada a strategic competitive advantage nationally and internationally. Likewise, an Institute of Corporate Directors survey reports that gender diversity contributes to better board governance and decision-making. Indeed, having more women on boards has become an imperative for good governance.

To learn more about how you can embark on a journey to corporate directorship, visit the WGOB website at womengetonboard.ca.


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Meet Our Partners

  • As we celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada with the 150Alliance, we are proud to contribute to a national narrative that weaves inspiring stories of how businesses and nonprofits are working side by side through our B3 Board Matching & Training Programs.

  • Alberta's Promise operates within the Government of Alberta’s Department of Human Services. With over 1,800 business, nonprofit and community partners, they help businesses connect with non-profits across Alberta to make meaningful contributions that benefit children and youth ages 0 to 24.

  • The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is a member-based nonprofit organization founded in 2002 in Edmonton, AB. They serve the nonprofit and charitable organizations in the Alberta Capital Region.

  • The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is the provincial network for the approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, with a volunteer base of 300 sector leaders, ONN brings the diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

  • For over 62 years, Propellus has been supporting volunteers and volunteerism within the communities of Calgary. It strongly believes that volunteering is essential to creating and sustaining healthy, supportive and connected communities.

  • The Sustainability Network is a national organization that works with environmental nonprofits to make them more effective and efficient. Their mission is to enrich environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations so that they can help us all achieve sustainability.

  • Founded in 1943, Vantage Point delivers learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned sector leaders, board directors and managers, aimed at advancing not-for-profit leadership.

  • Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. They do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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