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:

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.

Events Happening Now

October 18, 2022

The Boards Role in Sustainability

Board directors everywhere are trying to address the new challenges that environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities present to them. One of the largest is monitoring and measuring performance as it relates to climate change. With new climate-related disclosure regulations and laws rapidly approaching in the US (SEC), Europe and other countries, board directors must learn, and quickly, how and what to measure and track to avoid accusations of greenwashing.

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of Competent Boards, will guide you through a 2-hour workshop that addresses these challenges and includes case studies to be discussed by attendees.

In-person tickets are limited so register early!

November 9, 2022 

Axis Connects: Womenn's Leadership Forum

When: October 9, 2022 
Where: BMO Centre, Calgary

Topic highlights include:

  • The Road Ahead for female Leaders in Alberta – Keynote: Shachi Kurl
  • Harnessing Female Leadership to Build Calgary’s Future 
  • An Inside Look at Board Succession – Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Our Economy and Were it’s Going – RBC Capital Markets
  • The Future of Work/Transformation – Korn Ferry
  • The Path to Net Zero – McKinsey & Co
  • …and many more sessions with topics relevant to current + future leaders!
Board Ready Women members speakers:
  • Elizabeth Cannon, Independent Board Member – Harnessing Female Leadership to Build Calgary’s Future
  • Linda Hohol, Independent Board member – Hot topics/challenges in Board Governance 
  • Heather Culbert, Independent Board Member (panel moderator) – The Role of Men to Support Women in Leadership Roles
  • Marnie Smith, Managing Director Russell Reynolds – An Inside Look at Board Succession
  • Dawn Farrell, CEO TMX – Conference Closing Inspirational Leadership Address

Ticket Pricing $475 + GST & Fees

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!


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