CPA Canada's Women’s Leadership Council is a voice of women professional accountants. We act as a catalyst for change, promoting a work environment within the accounting profession that provides for the retention, promotion and advancement of women to positions of leadership without bias, unintended or otherwise, based on gender.
"I don’t think it’s too late for my generation to become leaders in the profession and in business, and I hope my daughter’s generation will simply take it for granted!"
Robin Taub, CPA, CA
Robin Taub Financial Consulting
Women’s Leadership Council
"The Women’s Leadership Council plays an important role within our profession in encouraging women members to seek leadership positions. The demographics of the profession are changing and there must be a level playing field for all members who want to advance their careers."
Kevin Dancey, FCPA, FCA,
President and CEO of CPA Canada
Women’s Leadership Council goals
Our short-term goal is to provide resources and education that further women’s advancement in the profession. In the longer term, we will be acting as advocates to enhance the number of women in leadership positions in the profession.
Women’s Leadership Council priorities
Over the coming year, our priorities include:
- publishing career navigation toolkits for women in the accounting profession and for firms to advance women into leadership positions
- continuing a webinar series to provide resources to professional accountants and firms to further women’s advancement in the profession
- publishing information about the status of women in the profession
- Career Navigation Toolkit for Women - Advancing Women in the Profession
- October 2, 2013 – Catalyst announced the 15 women corporate director candidates selected this year to join Women On Board®, a Catalyst initiative that combines the power of mentorship and sponsorship to promote the appointment of women to corporate boards including CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council member Vivien D. Wulff, CA, CMC, FCIS, COO, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.
- Female Talent Management: Toolkit for Organizations (Coming March 2014)
March 13, 2014
Firm Growth and Succession Planning: How Women’s Initiatives Play a Role
This session will discuss why Women’s Initiatives exist and how they relate to growth and succession planning in organizations and the profession overall. Most agree that there is a growing talent crisis in all areas of the accounting profession. Attend this session to increase your understanding of one very important aspect of ensuring we are taking reasonable steps to ensure sustainability.
May 29, 2014
Sponsorship: The Most Powerful & Cost Effective Way to Retain and Develop Female Leaders for Your Organization
This webinar will explore the differences between coaching, mentoring and sponsorship as well as the three main barriers that affect any organization's ability to attract, retain and develop high potential female talent. If you want to accelerate your own career development or if you are an organizational leader looking for cost effective ways to move highly talented women into leadership positions, this webinar will provide you with new insights and tools that allow you to assess the barriers to success, gain deeper insight into why talented women leave or fail to thrive and enhance your skills as a leader in connecting with this important half of your organization’s talent pool.
If you have questions or comments, please email Karen Duggan.