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Caroline Codsi

Founder & Chief Equality Officer, Women in Governance (Canada)

A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline Codsi has had a successful career in the corporate world of over 25 years including the past decade in VP and SVP roles within major organizations. 

Caroline founded Women in Governance in 2010, a not-for-profit organization with mission to encourage women to develop their leadership, advance their career and access executive roles and board seats. Women in Governance’s programs have a deep and concrete impact for gender parity in Canada through advocacy, major events, mentoring programs, governance training as well as the only Canadian Corporate Parity Certification developed with the support of McKinsey&Company and additional support for evaluations from Mercer and Willis Towers Watson. 

Born in Beirut, Caroline was only 7 years old when the war started and 22 when it ended. A Citizen of the world having lived on three continents, Caroline is fluent in 4 languages and can understand 6. A highly sought-after speaker, Caroline has addressed audiences across Canada as well as internationally in Paris, London, Lima, Casablanca, Mexico City, New Delhi, St. Petersburg, Bahrain, Dubai, Reykjavik, etc… 

Caroline is the recipient of multiple Awards both nationally and internationally and was recognized among the Top 20 Diversity Leading Figures in Quebec, Top 75 Canadian Immigrants and Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She is also the recipient of a Gender Equality Award by the United Nations’ Women’s Committee, a Leadership Award from Quebec’s Federation of chambers of commerce (Mercuriades) and a Leader of the decade for diversity & inclusion award from New Delhi’s Women Economic Forum. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated her on the National Committee for Gender Equality and Mayor Valérie Plante on the City of Montreal’s Business committee.