On Thursday January 26th from 12 – 1:30 in room 205, the Feminist Legal Forum and the Business Law Group will be hosting a panel discussion on “Women in Corporate Law: Is the Gender Divide Fact or Fiction?” This exciting panel discussion is sponsored by the Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law. The Desautels Centre will be providing lunch. Please RSVP to email@example.com Space is limited.
This event will query the existence of a gender divide in corporate law. Today, more than half of law school grads are women, yet women remain starkly underrepresented in senior positions in law firms. Particularly in corporate law, there is an apparent thinning of the ranks when looking at women in private practice at the senior level. Yet, many women in corporate/commercial law have chosen alternative careers that see them occupying positions of even greater power. So is there a gender divide? If so, what impact does it have on the gender divide? What are we doing about it? What should we be doing about it?
The FLF and BLG have invited 4 guest speakers to join us as panel members. Eleanor Wiebe, Q.C. is a partner with Fillmore Riley LLP and has practiced commercial law for over 25 years. She was the second woman in Fillmore’s history to become a Fillmore partner. Margaret Redmond is the President and CEO of the Assiniobine Park Conservancy. Ms Redmond served as a Chief Strategic Officer at the Canadian Wheat Board as well as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary over an eleven year period. Linda Vincent is the Vice President of ICE Futures Canada Inc, which is is dedicated to providing a public marketplace for responsive price discovery and risk transfer of commodities with efficiency and integrity. She articled and practiced with TDS for six years before joining the Manitoba Securities Commission in 1992 as Assistant Counsel. Ms Vincent joined the Winnipeg Commodities Exchange (now ICE Futures) in 1998. Mary McGunigal has been a Crown Counsel with Civil Legal Services SOA of Manitoba Justice since 1999. She works in the area of corporate commercial law. Prior to joining the Manitoba government, she was associated with the firm of D’Arcy and Deacon LLP. These four panellists will be sharing their thoughts and experiences with us in a discussion moderated by Prof. John Pozios, Director of the Desautels Centre.
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