Category: Leadership

Stepping Beyond: Preparing for Future Opportunities for Women GC’s

May 28, 2018

We are pleased to introduce a new program in our continued partnership with Women General Counsel Canada, which includes Stepping Up: Preparing to Be a GC and Women GCs on Boards. Stepping Beyond: Future Opportunities is directed to women general counsel who are preparing for opportunities beyond their GC role. This is a candid discussion with an experienced panel of…

Gender Blind Spots and Success at Work

November 14, 2017

The Women@Blakes network invites you to join us for an informative presentation by our returning keynote speaker, Delee Fromm. Some experts estimate that only one per cent of what we think and do is conscious. Through fast neural processing, our brains create associations early in life, and as adults, these associations become unconscious and automatic. These hidden associations about race,…

New Study Shows Progress for Women GCs on Boards

November 6, 2017

An update to Blakes groundbreaking study on women general counsel (GCs) on boards was published this week. Blakes Interim Board Report 2017: Opportunities for Women General Counsel provides a progress report following the original study’s publication in May. The updated study shows an increase in both the number of positions on boards of publicly listed companies and the number of…

Blakes 10th Annual Women’s Event

May 31, 2017

An inspiring presentation of wisdom and fun with Carla Harris, corporate leader, author and soulful singer as we celebrated our 10th Annual Women’s Event. Carla is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, and the author of Expect to Win and Strategize to Win. She is also a celebrated singer who has performed…

Groundbreaking New Study Shows Opportunities for Women General Counsel on Boards

May 26, 2017

The majority of current and former general counsel sitting on company boards last year were women, according to a groundbreaking new study from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes). The study, Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel​, reports that women comprised 59 per cent of general counsel (GCs) on the boards of publicly listed companies. It also highlights that…

Getting the Negotiation Edge for Women

May 18, 2017

Strong negotiation skills are key to career advancement and success. Being able to help others overcome differences to reach mutually beneficial agreements is an essential leadership skill. Collaborative negotiation, the most sophisticated and effective negotiation approach, is a natural core competency of many women, although it is often difficult to master. Using case studies and day-to-day examples, this interactive seminar…

Women on Boards Exchange Forum 2017

May 18, 2017

Accelerating Our Momentum: Where Do We Go from Here? Legislators, regulators and diversity champions from across Canada have increasingly focused their efforts on improving gender diversity on boards. We are seeing a steady build of momentum and commitment to the number of women on boards across the country. How do we accelerate this momentum and intensify the level of engagement…

The Power of Mindsets: Strategies to Create a Positive Emotional Culture in Your Organization

November 1, 2016

What is the emotional culture of your organization? Every organization and workplace has an emotional culture that can have an impact on everything from employee performance to customer or client satisfaction. Emotional culture is influenced in great part by the mindset and actions of leadership, although employees also play more of a role than they may realize in creating the…

Nominee Directors: Rights and Responsibilities

October 25, 2016

First published by The American Lawyer, this paper examines the responsibilities of nominee directors, particularly as they apply to boards of Canadian companies, and how these directors can protect themselves from conflict situations.