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“Be curious – explore new opportunities and solve problems. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; seek to understand. Look for ways to reinvent yourself.”

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About Deborah

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer, retail, cannabis, private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in financial, corporate governance, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, and CEO and board succession planning.

Deborah currently leads and serves on the TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc. (CSE: TAAL) board as Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (TSXV: KHRN) board as Lead Director and Audit Committee Chair. She served on the board of Lift & Co. (TSX-V: LIFT) as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. In addition to serving on the board of MedReleaf (TSX: LEAF) as the Chair of the Audit Committee (-acquired by AuroraCannabis (TSX: ACB)- July 2018, Deborah chaired the NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) board’s Audit Committee and was on the board of Sears Canada (TSX: SCC).

She is the Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board Inc., a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah has been recognized as a “Directors to Watch” in 2020, a Diversity 50 2014 candidate and was selected in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.

Deborah is a frequent speaker and author. Her thought leadership blogs on corporate governance, board diversity and leadership are available here at:  https://www.womengetonboard.ca/category/deborah-rosati-blog/.  Her e- books can be found at: https://ebooks.womengetonboard.ca.

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“Throughout the years, I have found myself being one of few, if not the only, women around the boardroom table … I am often asked by women how I got on a corporate board, so I decided it was time to launch Women Get On Board, a member-based company. My passion is to inspire more women to lead and serve.”

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Recent Blogs

The Power of Connection

By |March 16th, 2021|Corporate Board Journey, Getting Board-Ready|

Did you know the power of connection can be a one of the most effective paths to accomplishing your goals in business and beyond? Specifically, the path to success is authentic connection with people in your network. However, the very idea of networking and connection can be intimidating. The good news is that connection doesn’t just happen at awkward events. In fact, it is happening right now, everywhere—online, at work, and in your social life.  Even when we are not consciously networking, [...]

Board Diversity: Are You an Agent of Change?

By |March 16th, 2021|Corporate Board Journey, Getting Board-Ready|

It still surprises me that there has been little change in corporate Canada to add more women to TSX listed boards. “Either corporate Canada changes its culture, or it’ll have to justify to shareholders why it’s deliberately weakening its own bottom line.” Jennifer Stewart & Catherine Clark Women Get On Board was recently referenced in this article from the Ottawa Citizen, which speaks to the four ways to advance more women to boards: 1-Set targets 2-Develop a board skills matrix 3-Get [...]

Elevating Your Board Effectiveness: Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom

By |March 16th, 2021|Corporate Board Journey, Getting Board-Ready|

In my 20th year of serving on corporate boards, I wrote a blog called “Emotional Intelligence in the Board Room.” Today, I am writing about the topic once again as the second blog in my “Elevating Your Board Effectiveness” series. If you haven’t yet, you can read the first blog in the series here: “Finding Your Voice in the Board Room.” The reason that I am reintroducing the topic of emotional intelligence is that in my decades of  board service, [...]

Testimonials

Deborah, as Founder and CEO of Women Get on Board was instrumental in facilitating my board career by providing advice on criteria’s to be given an opportunity to sit on a board. Deborah has grown WGOB from a Toronto based organization to one that is national. She willingly shares her 20+ years experience of sitting on boards for the benefit of others. She is a mentor, sponsor and promoter of numerous women in their board journey. She provides thought leadership and gives back to her community with the invaluable work on CPA Canada’s advisory committees. I know that my board journey would look a lot different without the support and insight of Deborah and WGOB.”

Wendy Kei, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Chair of Ontario Power Generation, member of Women Get On Board, Mentor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah Rosati is Canada’s Connector. She focuses her time, energy, passion, insights and wisdom towards connecting, promoting and empowering women to corporate boards. Deborah unites women and men across the country in an effort to drive diversity and women’s equality in boardrooms. Deborah founded Women Get On Board in 2015, and has since established a community of over 650 women and men who are on their board journey. Through Women Get On Board, panels discussions, podcasts and more, Deborah has elevated the bar for good governance, boardroom diversity, equity and inclusion. Furthermore, through Women Get On Board’s Mentorship program, Deborah is grooming the next generation of corporate directors. Deborah leads with passion and inspires everyone she meets with her relentless energy and commitment to helping people and companies flourish.

Deborah’s authenticity and approach to relationship building is unrivaled in the realm of board diversity and corporate board building.

Alyssa Barry, CPIR, Head of Strategy-Operations and Communications at Artis REIT, Advisory Council member & Sponsor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah has a unique ability to see a need, but then to invest the effort to create a vision and an ecosystem to address the need. We came together with a shared vision of helping accelerate gender parity on corporate Boards. From that shared vision, we co-created and co-deliver the Getting Board Ready program, targeted at women looking to land their first corporate Board seat. I have had an inside view to her passion, her collaborative nature, her willingness to pay it forward, her expertise, and her acute business savvy. A well of ideas, she seems to have a sixth sense on how to brand and market, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Andrea Plotnick, Ph.D, SVP Board and Executive Solutions at LHH-Knightsbridge & Co-Facilitator with Deborah on the Getting Board Ready Program

Deborah is an outstanding change advocate and continually connects, promotes and empowers women for board service. She is an exceptional entrepreneur who is able to apply her training as a financial expert and operational knowledge of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of running a business, to educate and empower her young team. I believe unequivocally that Deborah is a deserving recipient of an RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award and I am honoured to support her nomination.

Donna Price
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