Save the Date – November 6, 2017

Please join us on November 6, 2017 in Toronto for the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner! Stay tuned for more information as we announce this year’s Champions and Emerging Leaders on June 28!

Welcome Tanya van Biesen, New Executive Director!

Tanya van Biesen

Catalyst is thrilled to welcome Tanya van Biesen as the new Executive Director of our Canada operations. As Executive Director, Tanya will shape strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders and stakeholders. Most recently, Tanya co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO and general management levels. In this capacity, she also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments. 

2016 Catalyst Canada Honours

On November 7, 2016, we celebrated the Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders in Toronto at the 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner. Learn more at

The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes exceptional role models for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Since 2010, more than 30 outstanding individuals have been honoured as Champions, representing the gold standard for leadership in corporate Canada.

The 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders are:

Company/Firm Leader

Business Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Deborah Gillis Named #10 Most Powerful in Canada

Canadian Business Magazine named Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, as #10 in its list of The Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016, saying, “If your company is taking a serious look at the gender diversity of its senior leadership, you can thank Deborah Gillis.” As Catalyst’s first president from Canada, Ms. Gillis is a recognized advocate and expert on expanding opportunities for women and business. She is frequently quoted in the media globally, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNBC, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and Economic Times, on issues related to talent and women’s leadership.

Catalyst Honours Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Catalyst recognized the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, with a special commendation for his leadership in advancing diversity and gender equality, at the gala 2016 Catalyst Awards Dinner, on March 16, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Prime Minister Trudeau’s historic first cabinet includes equal numbers of women and men, and he has inspired leaders around the world by championing women’s rights and bringing women into the broader political dialogue. Watch his inspirational speech!

Catalyst Accord

The Catalyst Accord is our call to action for Canadian companies to increase the representation of women on their corporate boards. The list of signatories now includes 27 companies, and it continues to grow. For more information about how your company can join, please contact [email protected]

Catalyst Canada in the News

About Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada is the leading nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion in Canada. Established in 2000, Catalyst Canada addresses the unique concerns of Canadian women in business through research, education, and events. The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes individual champions of women in business. The Catalyst Accord is a call to action for FP500 companies to increase the representation of women on their boards.