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Unlocking the Value: Women GCs in the Board Pipeline

Unlocking the Value: Women GCs in the Board Pipeline
Unlocking the Value: Women GCs in the Board Pipeline
The 2022 edition of the Blakes Board Report.
“At the six-year mark, the study reveals significant strides forward and a long-term trajectory for women GCs that is clearly positive. Where a board includes a general counsel, the incumbent is almost twice as likely to be female than male. Women GCs have made considerable inroads on boards in the materials, energy, banking/insurance, utilities and consumer/retail sectors.”

The sixth edition of the annual Blakes Board Report documents our leading-edge research into the progress and prospects for women general counsel (or GCs) on Canadian public company boards.
Trends are heading in the right direction, but not quickly enough. That’s why the theme of this year’s report is Unlocking the Value: Women GCs in the Board Pipeline. In addition to presenting data-based insights from our study of Canadian public companies, the report includes advice from a roundtable of remarkable women who have both general counsel and board experience. Their tips include key steps that women GCs should take to build on their access to the board at their employer, seek opportunities to demonstrate their leadership capabilities outside the legal sphere and ensure that the board community knows they are seeking an appointment.

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About the Blakes Board Report
Six years ago, Blakes took the ambitious and unprecedented step of benchmarking the Canadian public company landscape for women general counsel. We were inspired by our conviction that women GCs bring key operational and strategic experience to boards that translates into a persuasive value proposition, and that diversity enriches conversation and decision-making at the board table. Year over year, the study has revealed an evolving good-news story with respect to women GCs on boards.
About Women@Blakes
Blakes has long been committed to championing and promoting women leaders — within the Firm, in business and in the legal profession. We founded Women@Blakes in 2007 to focus on the recruitment, professional development and retention of women and to create business development and leadership opportunities for women lawyers and clients. Since then, our women's programming has grown exponentially, reaching more professionals than ever before, building invested communities and making an impact across the country.