One of Canada’s top diversity experts. Founder of Canadian Board Diversity Council and Women’s Executive Network.
Pamela Jeffery is one of Canada’s top diversity experts. In 2009, she founded the Canadian Board Diversity Council with a mandate from the federal government to increase the board representation of women, members of visible minority groups, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT community. Pamela is well-versed in corporate governance. She has served on nine public sector and non-profit boards, including Trent University and the Canadian Opera Company, and 12 advisory boards and committees.
Pamela is also the Founder of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), Canada’s national network for women in management, executive, professional and board roles across Canada. Since its founding in 1997, WXN has grown to 17,500 select women in Canada. Pamela was inspired to create a network for female leaders because one did not exist. In 2008, WXN was launched in Ireland – the first step towards creating an international community of female leaders. In 2015, WXN launched in London, UK, again expanding its community.
In 2012, Pamela was named as a charter member of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women which recognized 60 women globally including Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls. In Washington, DC, Pamela was named a 2015 recipient of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award.
Canadian companies have the potential to become more competitive if their boards are comprised of directors who are the most qualified in a greatly-expanded pool of potential directors. But to do this, we need increase the pace of change to achieve board diversity and gender parity.