Equity in Governance
Research shows that boards with greater diversity are more effective and drive innovation because members have different ways of approaching challenges and finding solutions. Increasingly, members of the public expect decision-making bodies to reflect the diversity of the Island population.
In September of 2015 the PEI Coalition for Women in Government received funding from Status of Women of Canada for a three-year project to increase the number of women on agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) in Prince Edward Island by addressing the systemic and structural barriers that limit the leadership role of women.
The Coalition is currently in the implementation phase of the project, which involves working directly with members of agencies, boards, and commissions to create inclusive policies and practices that faciliate equity and inclusion. Members of provincial ABCs and private boards are encouraged to use the resources listed below with their boards. For more information on the project or to schedule a presentation for your board, please contact the Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Benefits of Gender and Diversity on Boards
- Best Practices in Increasing Women's Representation on Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
- Building Effective Boards Infographic
- Honouring our Differences: Gender and Diversity Analysis Guide for Agencies, Boards and Commissions is a resource by Interministerial Women's Secretariat, Government of Prince Edward Island
- Institute of Corporate Directors - Board Diversity Policy Template
You can apply to Engage PEI to serve as a volunteer member of one of about 70 provincial government agencies, boards or commissions (ABCs). Please visit Engage PEI for profiles of the ABCs and apply online!