This award recognizes honourees who excel in and out of the boardroom across Canada.

Nominees are evaluated based on their breadth and depth of governance leadership as outlined in the award guidelines. The selection committee welcomes nominations for women who are leading and serving as directors on public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations and public sector boards.

Nominations for 2021 are closed. Connect with us for more information.


Western Canada

Judi Richardson

I’m honoured and humbled knowing how many courageous and skilled female Directors serve on Boards across Canada. Coincidentally, I received notification of this honour during chemo, while toting a bag with the quote “Women belong in all the places where decisions are made.” by Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I applaud both BMO and WGOB for the leadership roles that they are playing to enable increasing female leadership on Boards.

Patricia Mcleod

I am deeply honoured to be recognized by BMO and Women Get On Board for my work in governance and for supporting other women who seek to serve on boards. It is particularly poignant to receive this recognition on the International Day of Women which celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Recognition like this is a wonderful reminder to continue to serve, to role model and to be that “taller, brighter lighthouse” for those who follow.

Central Canada

Poonam Puri

I am really happy to be named an Honouree for the 2021 BMO Celebrating Women On Boards! The tireless efforts of great organizations like Women Get On Board and great companies like BMO helps to advance and empower women in boardrooms across Canada. My hope is that more and more boards make a genuine effort to reach a broader pool of excellent candidates and more and more women who are interested in board roles step forward for the challenge.

Norma Beauchamp

It is an honour to receive the 2021 BMO Celebrating Women On Boards. Thank you BMO and Women Get On Board for inspiring diversity of thought and growing the number of women serving on boards. Your partnership in leading governance best practices is powerful and will help organizations and the economy thrive further.

Eastern Canada

Faten Alshazly

Boards are slowly realizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity and if there is one organization that is pushing the envelope for this, it’s Women Get On Board. To be recognized is truly humbling and empowering to continue championing leaders across our country of all stripes to Get On Board!


Anar Shamji Popatia

It is an honor to receive the inaugural 2020 BMO Women on Board Award for empowering women in corporate governance. It speaks to the commitment of BMO and Women Get On Board in encouraging women to contribute in the boardroom. Our contributions bring fresh perspectives and positively impact both corporate performance and culture. Let’s work to uplift each other and make a concerted effort towards attaining gender parity in the boardroom.

Sue MacKenzie

Receiving the BMO Celebrating Women On Boards award was an honour and I’m deeply humbled to have been nominated. I hope that through initiatives like these more women will be made aware of and indeed set their sights on the merits of board service. Organizations like Women Get On Board Inc. play a critical role in shining a spotlight on and encouraging women’s board service journeys.

Celebrated During International Women’s Week

BMO Celebrating Women On Boards virtual event on International Women’s day. BMO and Women Get On Board recognized five (5) women across Canada who excel in and out of the boardroom. (2 from Western Canada, 2 from Central Canada and 1 from Eastern Canada).

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