Better Balance, Better Business

Gender Diversity on Boards: Comply or Explain

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Hear high-level executives and board directors discuss current issues and opportunities surrounding gender diversity in the boardroom.

Our panel will discuss quotas, disclosure requirements, new leadership models, attracting female talent, and case studies of diversified boards. This dynamic event will be packed with insights and valuable information for leaders, and those looking to become leaders, at the board level.

Co-presented by the DeGroote School of Business, the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network, and The Directors College.

Sponsored by KPMG.

Event Details

When:February 11, 2016
Time:7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: KPMG LLP, 333 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cost:Free. Registration is required.
Contact: Kristine Leadbetter

KPMG LLP, 333 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Mary Lou MaherMary Lou Maher, BCom ’83, FCPA, FCA, Business Unit Leader, GTA Audit & Chief Diversity Officer, KPMG

Mary Lou started at KPMG in the Toronto office in 1983, and was made a Partner of the firm in 2005. Since that time, she has undertaken several leadership roles on both regional and national levels, including serving as Chief Human Resources Officer for KPMG Canada and as Business Unit Leader for the Consumer Market GTA Audit practice. In early 2013, Mary Lou finished her seven year term as Chief Financial Officer of KPMG Canada to return to her roots in GTA Audit. In addition to her duties Business Unit Leader of GTA Audit, in November, 2013, Mary Lou was named Canadian Managing Partner – Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG Canada, reflecting her longstanding commitment to corporate diversity… More


Selma LussenburgSelma Lussenburg, C.Dir, Vice President, Governance, Corporate Safety and Security, Toronto Pearson Airport

Selma Lussenburg joined the GTAA in January 2013. Most recently Ms. Lussenburg has been involved as a Director and Chair of Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. Ms Lussenburg’s professional experience includes serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at OMERS one of Canada’s largest public pension plans, serving as AT&T’s Chief Regional Counsel for Canada, Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel at AT&T Enterprises and Global Services, supporting AT&T’s Canadian and international operations. Ms. Lussenburg has also practiced law with leading Canadian and Australian Law firms… More



Kevin PattersonKevin Patterson, BCom ’84 MBA ’90, Senior Executive Vice-President, Technology and Operations, CIBC

Kevin Patterson is responsible for the technology and operations required to run CIBC’s businesses worldwide and support excellent client experience, as well as providing specialized service and advice to business partners. Key activities include technology infrastructure, application delivery, technology governance, information security, processing, currency services, real estate, sourcing, and settlement activities… More



Wendi LockeWendi Locke, Partner, Corporate Finance, McCarthy Tétrault; Faculty member, The Directors College

Wendi Locke is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto. She advises on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance and compliance issues.  Locke regularly acts on both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities in Canada, with an emphasis on initial public offerings, medium term note programs and the issuance of capital trust securities by financial institutions. She frequently acts on behalf of Canadian issuers in connection with cross border securities offerings into jurisdictions such as the United States and United Kingdom… More



Co-presented by the DeGroote School of Business, DeGroote Women’s Professional Network, and The Directors College.

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Sponsored by KPMG


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