Our Networking Cocktail took place on June 12, with Craig T. Smith, a key player in the last American presidential race!

The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society took place in Toronto on May 10 and 11

A two-day conference was held to Toronto with the goal of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society took place in Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel on May 10 and 11, where female leaders from the worlds of politics and business congregated to tackle the world’s biggest problems.

Our President and Founder Caroline Codsi was honoured to moderate few panels during this event.


Déjeuner-causerie le 9 avril – Le monde politique à la rencontre du monde des affaires






Le lundi 9 Avril dernier, la Gouvernance au Féminin a tenu au Ritz-Carlton un prestigieux panel de discussion dans le cadre d’un déjeuner-conférence lors duquel des intervenants des quatre partis politiques se sont entretenus sur la nécessité d’avoir plus de femmes en politique et les avantages qui bénéficieront à notre société. Caroline Codsi, présidente fondatrice de La Gouvernance au Féminin fut la modératrice du panel et les intervenants qui ont pris la parole étaient:

  • François Legault, Chef de la Coalition Avenir Québec
  • Hélène David, Ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Condition féminine
  • Véronique Hivon, Vice-cheffe du Parti Québécois et députée de Joliette à l’Assemblée nationale
  • Françoise David, ex députée et porte-parole pour Québec Solidaire

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Online Webinar about Women in Governance’s Gender Parity Certification – March 16, 2018

The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (Order of CHRPs) hosted a webinar about Women in Governance’s Gender Parity Certification

The online webinaire is now available here.

(French speaker only)

Rotating dinner with head hunters- February 27th, 2018 at the Club St – James

On February 27 2018,  more than a dozen headhunters, in charge of recruitment for executive positions, from different firms, gathered at a rotating dinner to provide advice to participants on how to position their career to reach an executive position or a seat on a board of directors.[…]

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Hillary Clinton in Montreal – Book Tour – 23rd of october 2017

Women in Governance Annual Recognition Gala – September 14, 2017

Gala 2017 de la Gouvernance au Féminin

Women in Governance Annual Recognition Gala held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. The event was co-chaired by Ms. Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc. and Mr. Éric R. La Flèche, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Inc.
At this prestigious evening, three companies achieved Platinum Parity Certification status by Women in Governance and were honored for their exceptional actions in support of the advancement of women: Sun Life Financial / Intact Insurance / RBC Royal Bank. […]


Diversity, a great asset for Quebec! – 8 May 2017

La Gouvernance au Féminin

Caroline Codsi, Founding President of Women in Governance, hosted ALDO Founder Aldo Bensadoun, renowned author Kim Thuy and Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer Ivanhoe Cambridge, Nathalie Palladitcheff for a panel entitled Diversity, a major asset for Quebec.
It was with humour and inspiration that extraordinary life paths of personalities from the entrepreneurial world, the culture and the corporate were shared.
The atmosphere was festive in front of a crowd of men and women committed to diversity at the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal.

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Luncheon with Monique F. Leroux – April 5, 2017

Diner causerie

On April 5, Caroline Codsi interviewed Monique F.Leroux, President of the International Co-operative Alliance and Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec. The discussion provided her perspective on how to accelerate the advancement of women and achieve parity.[…]

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Exclusive Networking Dinner with Headhunters

On Feb. 1 more than a dozen headhunters, in charge of recruitment for executive positions, from different firms, gathered at a rotating dinner to provide advice to participants on how to position their career to reach an executive position or a seat on a board of directors.[…]

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Parity worthy of celebration at the annual Women in Governance Gala MONTREAL – September 15, 2016

Parity worthy of celebration at the annual Women in Governance Gala MONTREAL, September 15, 2016 – More than 420 guests from the business community were honored at Women in Governance’s prestigious Gala under the honorary presidency of Kathleen Taylor, President, Royal Bank […]

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Keynote Speaker: Margareth Henriquez, CEO KRUG Champagne (LVMH, Paris) – April 7, 2016


Margareth (Maggie) Henriquez, a strong and sparkling woman at the head of the Krug champagne, boldly perpetuates the pioneering and creative spirit of a LVMH House of Excellence. A Harvard University trained engineer, this Venezuelan living in Paris inspires us through her atypical career path and her ability to face adversity and succeed. Woman of strength and character, she is also warm and bewitching in her manner of telling her story. Maggie chaired Seagram in Venezuela despite the ebbs and flows of the market, then Nabisco in Mexico and Moët Hennessy in Argentina. It was in 2009 that she took over the presidency of Krug in Paris. Krug was losing momentum and Maggie, through her vision and hard work, managed to turn the business around brilliantly! Caroline Codsi, Founder of Women in Governance and her committee had the great pleasure of organizing this interview with Maggie on April 7, 2016. […]

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Live Conference from the National Assembly in Paris – February 3, 2016


On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 a panel discussion was moderated by Caroline Codsi, Founder of Women in Governance, followed by a question and answer period.

The panel:

• Marie-Jo Zimmermann, Minister of Moselle (France), author of the Copé-Zimmermann law.
• Lucille Desjonquères, Founder of Women at the Heart of Councils
• François Pérol, Chairman of the Executive Board of the BPCE group[…]

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Keynote Speaker: Anne-Marie Leroy, SVP, World Bank (Washington) – November 5, 2015


At the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Montreal, the Women in Governance event took place on November 5, 2015. During this event, Caroline Codsi, founder of Women in Governance, hosted directly from Washington Anne Marie Leroy, First Vice-President -President and Legal Advisor of the World Bank. It was in front of a packed house that offered her a warm standing ovation that Ms. Leroy spoke in an interview that generated active participation from attendees. It was an inspiring moment for both men and women. […]

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Conference with Louise Fréchette, former UN Vice-Secretary General and Jean Charest, former Québec premier – September 9, 2015


The prestigious Canadian Centre for Architecture held the Women in Governance event on September 9, 2015. During this event, Caroline Codsi hosted two great speakers, Louise Fréchette, formerly no. 2 in command at the UN named among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes and Jean Charest, the only Prime Minister of Quebec to achieve parity in his cabinet and to have done so much for the advancement of the woman. […]

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Awards Gala celebrating 5 years of Women and Boards (La Governance au Féminin) – May 15, 2015


During the celebrations for the fifth anniversary of Women in Governance, five awards were presented. Monique Jerôme-Forget received the Lifetime Achievement Award. L. Jacques Ménard, Chairman of the Board of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec, received the Him for Her Award, while the Women’s Advancement Award celebrated the contribution of Andrée Corriveau, founder of the Quebec Association of Women in Finance. Xavier Dolan, director, was awarded a ‘Coup de coeur’ award, while the Future Leader Award recognizes the potential of Natacha Engel, a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright.


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Discussion Panel with Françoise Bertrand, Thierry Dorval and Hélène F. Fortin – June 10, 2014


Prestigious panel of 3 outstanding directors:
• Françoise Bertrand, President of the Quebecor Board of Directors and President of the Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce
• Thierry Dorval, President of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec section and Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
• Hélène Fortin, President of the Board of Loto-Québec and Associate at Gallant […]

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Cocktail Conference Chaired by Monique Jérôme-Forget – June 15, 2013


Launch Cocktail Party for the new Women in Governance web site, held on June 4th at the University Club presided over by Monique Jérôme-Forget, an important figure on the political and business scene and in Quebec. Mrs. Jérôme-Forget made the low representation of women in the decision-making bodies her battleground and wrote a book on it: Women helping the economy[…]

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Discussion Panel on the presence of Women on Boards – May 10, 2011


Panel discussion on the presence of women on boards of directors with:
Sylvie Mercier, Chair of the Board of Directors of Mtl Women’s Y
Jean La Couture, President of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter
Rita de Santis, partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg.

Panel moderated by:
Diane Bérard, columnist for the weekly Les Affaires and blogger for lesaffaires.com

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Conference on Personal Branding –  January 25, 2011


Conference by Roxane Duhamel, Vice-Chair of the Council on the Status of Women and Caroline Codsi, founder of Women in Governance offering advice on personal branding and visibility for career development and achieving positions on a Board of Directors.

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Conference on governance education – September 23, 2010


Conference on governance education with the participation of the following speakers:

Nathalie Francisci and Claude Delâge, Institute of Company Directors (IAS)
Dora Koop, McGill University
Bruno Déry, Board of Directors of Companies and Louise Champoux-Paillé, Circle of Directors of Certified Companies
Janis Riven, Certified Secretaries of Canada
Eddie Leschiutta, CorporateGovernance Centre Samson Bélair / Deloitte & Touche
Brigitte Simard, Korn Ferry International
Michel Nadeau, Institute on Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP)

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