Diversity is Good for Business In today’s competitive environment, businesses need to access the widest possible talent pool. Not only are women half of the population, but they are nearly half of the labour force and increasingly they are better educated than men. Women also make an estimated 80 percent of all spending and financial decisions, so it is not surprising that gender diversity is good for business. There is also compelling evidence that companies with women on their boards deliver better corporate governance. Women provide an essentially different point of view as independent directors and add to the boardroom debate and decision-making. It is essential in today’s complex and rapidly changing world for business leaders to have diverse skills, experiences and thought processes. Clouds Part, But Challenges Remain Canada jobs surge, but economy’s outlook still cloudy.Dr. Sherry Cooper will discuss the economic and financial outlook for Canada against this backdrop of important cross-currents. The New Retirement Follow Cooper through her own journey to discover the route to financial security. Learn how the new retirement is about living well while achieving both monetary security and your personal goals. Battered, but Resilient Signs of improvement in the economy are appearing in the U.S. and Canada, and around the world, suggesting that the economies are bottoming and the worst of the financial crisis is behind us. Bottom Line: We expect to see growth in the U.S. and Canada by year-end.