Minuscule Increase for Women in Canada’s Financial Post 500 Senior Officer or Top Earner Ranks in 2012

Catalyst has released its 2012 Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners census report, which tracks women’s advancement into senior leadership positions among Canada’s Financial Post 500 companies. The results of the 2012 report are grim, finding no significant increase in the representation of women among senior officers or top earners at these companies.

The key findings in the report include:

  • The number of women holding Financial Post 500 (FP500) senior officer positions increased by just 0.4% since the last Catalyst Census conducted in 2012. Today, women hold 18.1% of FP500 senior officer positions.
  • More than one out of three (35.9%) of public FP500 companies have no female senior officers.
  • There was no significant increase in the number of female top earners at public FP500 companies which grew from 6.2% to 6.9% since the 2010 Catalyst Census.
  • Fewer than one in four (21.7%) public companies have 25% or more women senior officers, showing no increase since the 2010 Catalyst Census.
  • The finance and insurance, retail trade, and utilities industries have the highest representation of women senior officers.

The image below shows the breakdown of women’s roles in Canada’s Financial Post 500:

You can follow the link above to download the full report and view the appendices which include lists of companies with 25% or more women in senior office positions as well as companies with zero female senior officers. There is also a breakdown by province/territory and industry.

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, BusinessWeek.com, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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