Diversity among board directors and officers

Release date: May 18, 2021
Infographic: Diversity among board directors and officers
Description: Diversity among board directors and officers

Diversity among board directors and officers

Despite decades of gains in the workplace, women continued to be underrepresented in leadership positions in Canada in 2016, especially Indigenous and visible minority women.

  • 1 in 5 executives (directors and officers) were women
  • 1 in 5 women executives were immigrants
  • 1 in 10 women executives belonged to a visible minority group
  • 1 in 100 women executives were Indigenous

Visible minority women executives were less likely than non visible minority women to hold both director and officer positions.
Table summary
This table displays the results of Visible minority women executives were less likely than non visible minority women to hold both director and officer positions. Visible minority women, Non visible minority women, Visible minority men and Non visible minority men, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Visible minority women Non visible minority women Visible minority men Non visible minority men
percent
Directors exclusively 6 9 4 7
Officers exclusively 60 43 44 31
Both directors and officers 34 48 52 62

Distribution of executives by country of control

Visible minority women executives were more evenly distributed among Canadian- and American-controlled corporations.


Distribution of executives by country of control
Table summary
This table displays the results of Distribution of executives by country of control Visible minority women, Non visible minority women, Visible minority men and Non visible minority men, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Visible minority women Non visible minority women Visible minority men Non visible minority men
percent
Canadian-controlled 55 87 74 85
American-controlled 40 8 13 9

Distribution of executives by corporation size

Visible minority women were also more likely to participate in larger corporations.


Distribution of executives by corporation size
Table summary
This table displays the results of Distribution of executives by corporation size Visible minority women, Non visible minority women, Visible minority men and Non visible minority men, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Visible minority women Non visible minority women Visible minority men Non visible minority men
percent
Small 11 30 16 21
Large 56 29 35 34

This infographic was funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE).

Note: The data presented in this infographic are deemed exploratory and based on a data linkage of executives identified through the Corporations Returns Act in 2016 and 2017 with the 2016 Census through the Derived Record Depository at Statistics Canada.

Source: Longpré-Verret, L.-M. and E. Richards. 2021. “Diversity among board directors and executive officers: exploratory estimates on family, work and income.” Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series no. 462 (Catalogue 11F0019M). Ottawa: Statistics Canada.

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