Representation of women on boards of directors and in officer positions: Visualization tool

Correction notice

Correction date: June 1, 2023

On June 1st 2023, corrections were made on the values associated with the proportion of women directors and officers at the Canada-level for the reference years 2019 and 2020.

Correction date: October 20, 2022

On October 20, 2022, a correction was made on the values associated with the total number of officers in the English version of the visualization tool.

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The data used to create this interactive web application is from the following data table:

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This interactive dashboard provides access to data that highlight women in leadership and strategic decision-making roles and women that lead the day-to-day operations within corporations conducting business in Canada. It allows the user to compare and analyze data based on industry, size (assets), province, country of control and type of corporation.

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Additional information and other statistics and studies related to gender and business are available in the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics Hub and the Business Performance and Ownership Statistics Portal.


Directors: Generally, directors are responsible for supervising the activities of corporations and making decisions on those activities. They are also elected by shareholders.

Executive: An executive is a person who occupies a leadership and decision-making role within an enterprise, and who contributes either as a board director or as an officer.

All officers: Officers lead the day-to-day operations of a corporation and are appointed by board directors.

Top officers: The top officer category consists of individuals who occupy one of the following positions: chairperson, president, vice president and executive vice president.

Other officers: The other officer category consists of individuals who occupy one of the following positions: secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer, secretary treasurer, controller, auditor, and others.

Size (assets): Company size was determined by assets, then classified by quartiles. More specifically, smaller firms were classified in the first quartile, small-to-medium companies were classified in the second quartile, medium-to-large firms were classified in the third quartile and larger firms were classified in the fourth quartile.

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