Archives by Tag 'Globe and Mail'

Vimy Ridge and the Vimy Memorial

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Monday, April 9, 2012

Today is the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, "the triumphant First World War battle in which Canada suffered 10,600 casualties, nearly 3,600 of them fatal."  In an article in today's Globe Jane Urquhart, author of The Stone Carvers, "recalls the neglect -- historic and physical -- that Vimy and its spectacular monument once endured, and applauds its renaissance as part of our national narrative."   Ms Urquhart tells us her own education (like mine) gave the Battle of Vimy Ridge short shrift and it was not until she visited the site with her future husband  and was profoundly moved by a tour of the site and in her case so inspired by it that years later she wrote The ...

Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily towards men?

By Linda Hohol - Last updated: Monday, April 2, 2012

My response to the question based on what I have seen is as follows. Most men don't proactively think about, or focus on this issue. So they typically just reach out to other men they know or know of, when looking to recruit new board members. The chair of the board or the governance committee (ideally both) need to be strong and vocal champions for board diversity. They need to ensure they have a matrix of skills outlining what is required to create the best possible board for the company.  Then they need to find the most qualified candidates. And in doing so, they must insist that the search surfaces talented men AND women that have the necessary skills and ...

Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily toward men?

By Patti Croft - Last updated: Friday, March 30, 2012

The answer to this question is at the same time simple and yet complex. My simple answer as to why there are not more women on boards would be that a prejudice against women in the senior ranks of business persists despite efforts to raise awareness and motivate change. I found the quote of the CEO of Revera in the  Globe article to be quite telling. He opines that the talent pool for women directors is enormous and yet just two of his 11 board directors are women. There is no question there are plenty of well qualified, talented women who would be brilliant board candidates. The dearth suggests to me that women ...

Sheryl Sandberg – Three Takes

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sheryl Sandberg is getting a fair amount of press these days given Facebook's filing last week to go public and her co-chairing the World Economic Forum in Davos this year.   As a result, I have been able to listen to her speak very eloquently at Davos and read about her in both the Globe (Reprint of  a Bloomberg article) and the New York Times.  Every time I see her from a different perspective, however, I am always hugely impressed by her.  I find it somewhat distressing to see how the media endeavours to interpret her intentions, her actions, and her success, subtly questioning her motivations and her commitment!   I have attached the links, so you can see these recent takes on her ...