Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette was invited to speak at The Bloomberg Canada Economic Summit on May 21, 2013, which took place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The Summit convened government officials, business leaders and industry titans in banking, energy, commodities and technology and examined Canada’s role as a major destination for investment and a supplier of capital around the world.
Senator Hervieux-Payette, along with Michelle Khalili, Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets, Goldman Sachs Canada and Mary Ann Mendes, Director, BMO Capital Markets, joined moderator Lisa Kassenaar, Editor at Large, Global Women’s Coverage, Bloomberg News, to discuss how the role of women in Canadian politics, boardrooms and businesses has evolved over the past three decades. They looked at the rapid rise of women in Canadian politics, with women leading an unprecedented six out of 13 provinces, including the four biggest in the country, yet they reflected upon the imbalance of women and men in leadership roles.
For instance, women representation on boards of publicly-traded companies is barely over 10%. Therefore, they questioned what has changed in the workplace, and what has remained the same? Is a more balanced representation, especially in leadership positions, realistic and achievable? It was an invigorating and inspiring discussion, and Senator Hervieux-Payette was thankful to be a part of the conversation.