Diversity Disclosure Practices in corporate Canada: Is progress being made in 2019?

Sep 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

Our fifth annual comprehensive report on diversity disclosure practices by TSX-listed companies relating to women in leadership roles reveals a collective commitment to increasing board diversity in corporate Canada. However, despite some progress, there is plenty of work to be done. Our 2019 Diversity Disclosure Practices report demonstrates that we continue to see almost no increase in the proportion of female executive officers and, in addition, we note a gradual decline in the year-over-year rate at which women are being added to company boards.

As in previous years, our report provides an updated snapshot on the representation of women in leadership roles in corporate Canada and the number of board committees that are chaired by women. The report also includes a summary of the final results for the full 2018 calendar year and our results for the period January 1, 2019, to July 31, 2019, including a look at the corresponding data points back to 2015. Check out our infographic below for key highlights:

Gender diversity in corporate leadership in Canada

Gender diversity in corporate leadership in Canada

Research methodology

Data presented in this infographic and our 2019 Diversity Disclosure Report were obtained by surveying public disclosure documents filed by all TSX-listed companies that are subject to the Diversity Disclosure Requirement. Research methodology is detailed in the report on pages 13 and 14.

Learn more

Interested in learning more about the research findings and gender diversity in corporate Canada? Read the full report, 2019 Diversity Disclosure Practices: Women in leadership roles at TSX-listed companies​, or contact Andrew MacDougall or John Valley in Osler’s Corporate Governance Group.