NEW YORK CITY – Wednesday, March 15, 2016 – By Mike Leventhal APB Staff Writer
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, received a special commendation for his leadership in advancing diversity and gender equality. Prime Minister Trudeau, whose historic first cabinet includes equal numbers of women and men, has inspired leaders around the world by championing women’s rights and bringing women into the broader political dialogue. His simple explanation for his actions, “because it’s 2015,” has become a mantra even as we move into a new year.
Prime Minister Trudeau was honored at the 2016 Catalyst Awards Gala during his visit to the United States – an annual event that celebrates breakthrough corporate initiatives that accelerate inclusion in the workplace and the world. More than 1,600 guests, including CEOs, leading executives from top global corporations, professional firms, governments, NGOs, and educational institutions were in attendance.
“Prime Minister Trudeau, through his intentional leadership and commitment to inclusion, sets an example that shows leaders throughout the world what is possible when they deliberately build diverse teams that reflect the marketplace and the communities they serve,” says Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst. “In today’s rapidly changing global economy, it is vital that leaders in all sectors focus on developing all available talent to drive innovation and productivity. The business case for inclusion is well established: what’s good for women is also good for business, families, communities, economies, and society as a whole. We commend Prime Minister Trudeau for leading by example. His actions are game changing, setting a new standard for others to follow.“