Women Lead Here

Published: March 27, 2020

Boardwalk REIT is pleased to announce it has earned a spot on The Globe and Mail’s inaugural Report on Business Women Lead Here list, an annual benchmark of executive gender diversity in corporate Canada.

Launched in 2020, Women Lead Here is an annual benchmark report produced by Report on Business magazine. It uses a proprietary research methodology to rank Canadian companies that have achieved or are nearing gender parity in executive ranks.

Lisa Smandych; Chief Accounting Officer for Boardwalk, commented: “Boardwalk has always recognized the importance of equality at every level in our organization. We recognize that gender equality, and equality for all has many advantages ranging from increased viewpoints and strong working relationships to increased associate retention. I am so proud to work for a company that strives to promote a culture of inclusion with a long-term focus resulting in motivation and engagement from all levels.”

In late 2019, Report on Business conducted a journalistic analysis of the 500 largest publicly-traded Canadian companies, evaluating the ratio of female-identifying to male-identifying executives in each of the top three tiers of executive leadership. The resultant data was applied to a weighted formula that also factored in company performance and other variables. In total, 74 corporations earned the Women Lead Here title this year, with a combined average of 44% of executive roles held by female-identifying individuals.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Boardwalk has more than 1,600 Associates across Canada. Gender balance is a crucial component of Boardwalk’s approach to diversity and inclusion and an integral part of the company’s culture. In addition to Boardwalk’s board of directors, women hold leadership roles at the executive level and in all business leadership teams.

The full list of 2020 Women Lead Here honourees can be found in the April issue of Report on Business magazine, out now, and online at www.theglobeandmail.com/business/rob-magazine/article-introducing-the-2020-women-lead-here-honourees.

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