While more women continue to advance up the corporate ladder in countries around the globe, in Canada women are still left outside the C-suites of the country’s largest companies. The Globe and Mail reports that many women leaders have chosen to leave Canada in efforts to advance their careers.
Heather Conway, chief executive officer of the Canadian branch of Edelman Communications says, “I wanted to be a CEO. As it turned out the best opportunity for me was with a foreign company.” While no country has managed to establish and maintain gender equality amongst top leaders, The Globe and Mail points out that women lead 32 of the top 500 earning companies in the US, a particularly high number within a developed country. This is indicative of a corporate push to diversify the leadership ranks of major organizations. Likewise, many global companies are courting Canadian female executives to culturally diversify their organizational structure.
This article appeared in the October 20, 2010 of Diversity in the News. To read additional stories from that issue, see the related content section below. To subscribe to Diversity in the News, register on the newsletter page of this website.