In Canada, about 20 percent of equity partners at law firms are women. But the percentage of women is higher – about 27 percent – for general counsel in Canada among the country’s top public companies. Why is there such a disparity? And what does this mean for gender diversity amongst lawyers in The True North Strong and Free? A new book, “Breaking Through: Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel,” by Kirby Chown and Carrie Mandel, looks to explore these questions and more.
Chown, a former managing partner at top tier national Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault, , and Mandel, a consultant with Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm, set out to explore the changing face of general counsel in Canada. To do so, the team conducted dozens of interviews, discussing the nature of leadership, the role of mentoring, and what women in the legal field are doing to share the power with each other.