As a community of engaged women and men in Canada, we are committed to advancing women in the boardroom. Our team works towards this with the mission to connect, promote and empower the advancement of women to the boardroom.

Meet the Team

The Women Get On Board team has expertise in the areas of governance, board diversity, finance, marketing, social media, event planning, public relations, brand management, operations, and website & network administration.

Deborah Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Corporate Director, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc.

Deborah is a sought-after speaker on board diversity, governance, and entrepreneurship. Deborah also writes blog posts dedicated to empowering women to become more confident in the boardroom.

Deborah’s thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity and entrepreneurship-are profiled on her website:

National Strategic Partners

National Strategic Partners are companies/firms that promote the advancement of women to corporate boards. These partners connect with the next generation of women corporate directors by hosting events with WGOB across Canada. Sharing lessons and providing a forum to empower leading and serving corporate directors, governance professionals, investors and executives.

Founding Corporate Partners

These are companies/firms that promote the advancement of women to corporate boards. They joined as a Founding Corporate Partners in our launch year and maintain their founding status, if they renew annually.

Workshop Partner

Companies/firms that support the advancement of women to corporate boards by collaborating with Women Get On Board to host workshops/webinars to empower women in their board journey.

Charity Partner

In appreciation for our speakers time and expertise, we believe in the spirit of giving back, and we make an annual donation to Women Get On Board’s charity partner, Dress For Success.

Regional Ambassador Council

Our ambassadors are thought-leaders, influencers, and connectors in the regions they reside who help us connect, promote and empower women to corporate boards. They are leading and serving corporate directors, governance advisors, and executives and we are grateful for their support – thank you!

Atlantic Region

Elspeth Hagan
General Counsel, McCain Foods Limited
Jennifer Nicholson (Ross), CPA, CA
Board Member, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and Partner, Executive Finance
Kim West, CPRS, ICD.D
President, Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources
Pamela Winsor, ICD.D
Executive Coach, Board Director & Healthcare Strategist


Sheila Leggett, ICD.D
Board Director and Regulatory Consultant
Patricia McLeod, Q.C., ICD.D, MBA
Corporate Director and Lawyer
Diane J. Pettie, Q.C., ICD.D
Corporate Director, Lawyer
Colleen Pound, MBA, ICD.D
Partner | Consulting l Prairie Region, Deloitte Canada & Chile
Liz Stretch, ICD.D, MBA, CFP
Corporate Director
Jill E. Schofield
Managing Director, ZRG Partners
Angela Tu Weissenberger, MA Econ, ICD.D
Corporate Director and Owner/Principal, ATW Associates Inc.


Kim Butler
Head of Finance and Intergration, Ericsson and Corporate Director
Julia Elvidge ICD.D
Corporate Director
Lisa Courtney Lloyd
Vice President of Marketing at Colonnade Investments
Lorraine Mastersmith
Partner, Gowling WLG
Christine McCrady
Former Senior Manager, RBC Royal Bank
Janice McDonald ICD.D
Founder, The Beacon Agency and Host, Fearless Women Podcast
Suzanne Morris, CPA, CA
Corporate Director
Laurel Murray, CPA, CA
Corporate Director and Management Consultant
Lori O’Neill, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Corporate Director
Vanessa Thomas
Customer Success Executive, MBA
Mary Van Buren
President, Canadian Construction Association


Norma Beauchamp ICD.D
Corporate Director
Vinny Bhathal, CPA, CMA
Managing Director, Finance & Investment Operations at Sprott Inc.
Debora Bielecki
Corporate Director and CEO Bielecki & Associates Inc.
Chandran Fernando
Managing Partner, Matrix 360
Carol Darling
Corporate Director and Senior Partner, Searchlight Partners Group
Jason Fleming CHRE
Corporate Director and HR Advisor
Dexter John
President & CEO, Gryphon Advisors
Cathy Logue FCPA, FCA
Managing Director, Toronto at Stanton Chase
Paul Gryglewicz
Senior Partner, Global Governance Advisors
Kelly McDougald
Corporate Director and CEO, Innovators Alliance
Debbie Stojanovic
National Director Business Development, Border Ladner Gervais
John Walker CPA, CA
Corporate Director and Lawyer


Catherine Aczel Boivie, PhD, ICD.D
Corporate Director and CEO, Strategic Technology Leadership Corporation
Maninder Dhaliwal P.Eng., ICD.D
Corporate Director and President & CEO, Lions Gate International
Mary Garden, MBA, ACC, ICD.D
Corporate Director
Annalisa King, ICD.D
Corporate Director and Chair, Vancouver Airport Authority
Hanne Madsen
Corporate Director
Monica Murray
Acting CEO, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), CPA
Cybele Negris, ICD.D
Corporate Director and Co-Founder & CEO
Margie Parikh, C.Dir., MBA, CFP
Corporate Director
Anar Shamji Popatia BBE, ICD.D
Corporate Director and Partner, Assante Wealth Management

Supporting Partners

Our supporting partners are women and men who promote the advancement of women to corporate boards.

Rosario Astuvilca

John Bell

Licinia Bennett

Nathan Berko

Michael Burch

Janis Duncan

Chandran Fernando

Jason Fleming

Paul Gryglewicz

George Horhota

Samantha Hurwitz

Dexter John

Brady Jones

Denis King

Cathy Logue

Noel Muttupulle

Tim Orr

Bruce Raganold

Les Rechan

Rajneesh Sapra

Bonita Sears

Michelle Tan

Wayne Thompson

Marc Y. Tassé

John Walker

Frances Weeks

Kevin West

Daryl Yeo