More women general counsel are landing positions on Canadian public boards compared to their male counterparts, according to a report on opportunities for legal professionals on boards.
Of 2,288 board positions in Canada in 2016, 35 general counsel held 44 board positions. Of those, 26, or 59 per cent, of the board positions held by GCs were women (six women each occupy two board positions), and 41 per cent were held by men. That’s up from 2015 when 45 per cent were held by women GCs, according to the “Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel: The Canadian Public Company Landscape for Legal Professionals on Boards.”
In fact, the report shows women GCs have achieved and exceeded gender parity on board representation, which does not exist among lawyers in general (where women hold 23 per cent of board positions) or board members generally (where women hold 20 per cent of board positions.)