Board Ready Women

Creating opportunities for women on boards

We are a team of people who actively network to support Board Ready Women to obtain Board Positions. We offer recruitment opportunities, skill-building programs and thought provoking events to support women with their Board Career journey.

Since joining Board Ready Women:

Board Ready Women profiled on Global News!

Our Founder Heather Culbert was interviewed by Gord Gillies for Trending on Global News. Watch the full interview below to hear more about Board Ready Women and the steps we are taking to help get more women on boards.

When we launched Board Ready Women four years ago in Calgary, our bold vision was for Alberta to be a national leader in female representation on boards. We are excited to expand our network and services across Alberta.

Thank you Gord Gillies and the team at Global News for helping us spread awareness about the importance of gender diversity in the boardroom.


A Quality Boardroom!

Julia McElgunn, senior geologist and Board Ready Women member, was featured in the The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) magazine PEG this month, talking about Board Ready Women and her Board journey.

“Jennifer Koury, Co-Founder and Board Director of Board Ready Women, explains that engineers and geoscientists, such as McElgunn, have unique skill sets and specialties that can be coveted by boards in industry-heavy Alberta. They are often familiar with the technicalities of the business and their input and guidance is extremely valuable for making necessary strategic decisions to help steer organizations towards meeting their goals.”

Read the whole article: A Quality Boardroom!

Events Happening Now

January 30, 2023

Effective Year-End Governance for Boards and Executives

There are rising expectations for Canadian Board governance, and the end of the year Board cycle is a good time to evaluate the effectiveness of Board oversight and alignment to strategic futures. At the session, we will address annual governance areas of Boards relative to:

  • Financial performance
  • Evaluating Corporate Performance
  • Shareholder Reporting


We will provide the current economic outlook and regulatory updates that are important for Board Members to know and have a discussion with the panelists on their take on 2023.

November 28, 2022

The Power of Board Ready Women in Edmonton

Board Ready Women is expanding its network and services to “board-ready” women across Alberta. This is an introductory session for Edmonton highlighting who we are and how we can help place more women on Boards. We are also taking this opportunity to showcase local Board talent to inspire and encourage women to participate in our efforts to increase diversification of Boards.

We are thrilled to be hosting this session with an impressive panel of experienced board members, Kristina Williams, Bernie Kollman, and Phyllis Clark, who will talk about their Board journey and share some of their learnings along the way.

We partnered with the Federal government on the 50 - 30 Challenge initiative.

This challenge is rooted in two aspirations over time – Gender Parity (“50%”) and Significant Representation (“30%”) of other under-represented groups (racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2 community) on Canadian Board(s) and senior management while recognizing the unique needs of various sectors and organization types as well as offering a range of supports for the specific needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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We are building a strong network through:

Connecting BRW network with other useful resources.

Compiling a database of “Board Experienced” women who are available to connect and mentor “Board Ready” women.

Developing a database of women who have self-identified as “Board Ready” including basic skillsets, prior Board experience, areas of interest and contact information.

Creating a repository of Board opportunities, communications, tools and techniques to assist in the purpose.

Organizing quarterly events to share ideas and progress as well as providing networking opportunities with other “Board Ready” and “Board Experienced” women and male counterparts to promote awareness and socialization of the issue of gender diversity on Boards.

Become a part of BRW Network today!

Sharing the big news!

Board Ready Women is excited to announce that we are one of the Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant recipients!

This grant will be used to expand the impact of Board Ready Women to benefit Albertan women. We will increase BRW’s capacity and reach, improve our processes and bring more opportunities so that we can better assist board-aspired women on their Board journey that leads to more Board appointments. Given Alberta has the lowest percentage of women on Boards in the country at 21%, we have work to do! 

Thank you, Minister Doug Schweitzer and Associate Minister Whitney Issik, Government of Alberta, for this opportunity and for your support! See the Government of Alberta press release to learn about other recipients of the Alberta Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant.



Board Feature

Paula Caldwell St-Onge - Board of Directors of Earth Alive

Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. (TSXV: EAC) (“Earth Alive” or the “Company”), a Canadian soil health company that develops and manufactures advanced microbial technology products, announced today that Paula Caldwell St-Onge was appointed to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Ms. Caldwell St-Onge, a recipient of the Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Policy and the Queen’s Gold Jubilee medal, began her career in the Public Service in 1989.  She worked in several government departments where she gained expertise in communications, environmental sustainability and political risk.  She has been a Director General of Canada’s Environmental Federal national programs on Enforcement, Environmental assessments and Emergency and Preparedness as well as Director General of the Pan African bureau at Global affairs Canada.  She has served as Senior Trade Commissioner, Minister Counsellor of Trade, Consul General and Ambassador in Brazil, Mexico, Texas (and 5 surrounding States), and Haiti respectively. She is also a Patron of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

“Ms. Caldwell St-Onge has a strong international background, with an active international network and comes with great experience in the environmental sector”, said Robert Blain, Chairman of the board of directors. “She has also been involved in the mining industry as Board Director of two companies”.

Ms. Caldwell St-Onge will also be a member of Earth Alive’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee.


Have you joined a board since you became part of Board Ready Women network?

Please let us know so we can celebrate your success with you! Whatever is the type of the organization, its size or the sector, we want to know more and inspire others.
Our Latest Success Stories
2021 / 2022 appointments

Julia McElgunn

Calgary Minor Soccer Association - Board Director

Sheila Leggett

Cielo Waste Solution - Board Director

Jocelyn Lalonde

Calgary Minor Soccer Association - Board Director
2020 / 2021 appointments

Paula Caldwell St-Onge

Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc - Board Advisor

Jennifer Koury

Bird Construction Toronto - Board Advisor

Barbara Munroe

Willow Biosciences Inc. - Board Director
Alberta Cancer Foundation - Board Director
ENMAX Corporation - Board Director

Alison Jackson

Alberta Innovates - Board Director

Angela Merriott

McDougall House - Chair of the HR & Safety Committee

Cindy Skrukwa

Alberta Central - Board Director
Credit Counselling Society - Board Director

Sharleen Gatcha

Light Up The World - Board Director Lean In Calgary Chapter - Board Director

Kelly Hill

McDougall House - Audit and Finance Committee

Leslie Dunning

Parachute - Audit and Finance Committee
2019 appointments

Denise Bright

Audit Committee and Board Member at Calgary Foundation

Lesley Rigg

Executive Board Member of Chair of the Governance Committee and Board Liaison for the standing committee for Research Institutions of Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Deans. Board member of Governance Subcommittee of Hangar Flight Museum.

Gail Harding ICD.D

Member of Board of Commissioners at Alberta Securities Commission and Member of Board of Directors at Meridian Credit Union

Kiren Singh

Independent Director at Pieridae

Linda Hohol

ICD Board Chair

Heather Culbert ICD.D

Board Chair of Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (ARIAC)

Jennifer Koury ICD.D

Corporate Director of Crescent Point Energy

Andrea Goertz ICD.D

Board Director of Calgary Airport Authority and Member Board of Trustees at Boardwalk