Five companies added a woman to their board over the last year.
The leader in Manitoba when it comes to gender parity in the boardroom, the Telco company recently added a fourth woman to its board — Judi Hand, a former AT&T senior executive now with TeleTech. MTS’s board is now nearly 40 per cent female.
The holding company with investments in the oil and gas sector and real estate recently added Karen Swystun, founding partner of the headhunting firm Waterford Global Inc., to its board.
The big Flin Flon mining company added Sarah Kavanagh to its board. She’s an investment banker and a commissioner at the Ontario Securities Commission.
The Winnipeg biotech firm added Sarah Prichard, McGill University’s former associate dean of medicine, to its board.
North West Company
The northern outfitter added a third woman to its board, Violet Konkle, former president of The Brick. North West’s board is now one-third female.
One company lost a female board member over the last year. IGM Financial, the parent-firm of Investors Group, had two women on its board last year and now has only one helping to oversee $141 billion in assets. Last year, Heather Conway stepped down from IGM’s board when she was hired as the executive vice-president of English-language services of the CBC.
Of the 43 Manitoba companies listed on the stock exchange, 28 had no female board members. That includes Buhler Industries, Nordic Oil and Gas, Pollard Banknote, and FP Newspapers, owner of the Winnipeg Free Press.