If any group has been at the forefront of tracking the progress of women on boards, it is Catalyst Inc., which has focused its international research on issues related to women in business since 1962, and has been studying the pace of progress for women on boards in Canada for the past decade.

Deborah Gillis is vice-president, North America, for Catalyst Inc. She has been advising senior leaders in the public and private sectors on human capital and policy issues for 20 years.

Globe and Mail reporter Janet McFarland spoke with Ms. Gillis about women on boards of directors in Canada.

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