Board Diversity

Attract more women to your agricultural board.

Research shows that more women than men enroll in post-secondary education and participate in leadership programs, yet they are still underrepresented at the board level. As a result, women who are experienced, educated, committed, and have a valuable contribution to make are not getting the opportunity to make their voices heard. 

This situation not only prevents women from achieving their full potential, it also diminishes the effectiveness of agricultural leadership as a whole. Boards with a more equal mix of genders are likely to make better decisions, achieve higher financial returns, and attract a wider range of talent.

To achieve greater gender diversity, boards must look at their current procedures and policies with a view to making them more inclusive of and welcoming to women candidates. By examining the codes of conduct, recruitment and selection processes, and other key elements of governance, organizations can start to build a more diverse and impactful board.

Best-Practice Guide to Enhancing Board Diversity

CAHRC has developed a free best-practice guide for industry association leaders, including CEOs, presidents, executive directors, and the board executive.

The guide includes policy templates, checklists, and step-by-step best practices for benchmarking and improving the inclusiveness of your board.