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RSS FeedsIn the boardrooms of some of Toronto´s most vital institutions, the future is female
(The Star Fashion & Style)


14 november 2019 18:02:50

In the boardrooms of some of Toronto´s most vital institutions, the future is female
(The Star Fashion & Style)

In the boardroom — especially in the private sector — it’s still largely a man’s world. Yet times are changing as the number of women sitting on the governing bodies of organizations continues to rise, with Toronto institutions that play a vital role in city life helping to lead the way. “Like all business and societal-based organizations, there’s empirical evidence that diverse boards equal improved results. Organizations of all types benefit from a variety of viewpoints and ideas, especially public organizations which serve wide and diverse audiences,” said Kate Marshall, who just completed four years as chair of Heritage Toronto, where 52.2 per cent of the board is female.“Women of all ages, ethnicity, creeds and experiences can help organizations think about old and new problems and challenges in new ways. Overall, women are proven to be more empathetic and collaborative in their approach to problem-solving and business,” Marshall added.The Star identified 25 Toronto groups and organizations that are central to city life — from the Toronto Transit Commission and the police services board to the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health — and found a much more promising picture when it comes to women on boards. Of the 25 boards surveyed — covering everything from the arts to science to education to health to sports but by no means an exhaustive list — women comprised an average of 40.1 per cent of board positions, with the non-profit Toronto Environmental Alliance highest at 66.7 per cent, followed closely by the Royal Ontario Museum at 63.2 per cent.The sole holdout among the 25: MLSE, a private corporation jointly owned by Rogers Communications, BCE Inc. and sports mogul Larry Tanenbaum, has an eight-member board comprised entirely of men. But that is expected to change for the group that owns the city’s top four sports franchises including the Le ...

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