Although Alberta has one of the most productive and innovative business sectors in the world, just eight per cent of corporate board seats in the province are held by women, compared with 14 per cent nationally and 15 per cent in the U.S. This is due to boards only looking for candidates with CEO or CFO experience.

Beth Reimer-Heck, counsel in the Calgary office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), writes, “progressive companies are recruiting outside of their networks and searching for directors with sector-specific knowledge and a strong consumer orientation. By targeting a different talent base, these companies are enlarging the ranks of qualified women on boards while maintaining a focus on quality.”

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