In 2020 the percentage of women represented on corporate boards in Canada is 18.1%.

Not only does this lack of diversity lead to less effective decision making, but the lack of female representation discourages many women from even considering the possibility of becoming board members.

But if you want to meet the woman who has made it her own social purpose in life to turn this situation around, then you’re going to get a lot out of episode #153 on the Meeting Leadership Podcast.

That’s because Deborah Rosatti is our guest for this show. Deborah is the CEO of Women Get On Board, an organization that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. She is also a sought-after speaker on board diversity, governance, and entrepreneurship.


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why ‘diversity of thought’ is critical around the boardroom table and why companies suffer if they don’t have the right mix of people from all backgrounds

  • Why having more women on boards leads to less financial fraud

  • Why it is so important to find your voice and be your authentic self, especially as a woman leader

  • The importance of being observant and being a great listener in the boardroom

  • Why you should not be afraid to say that you don’t know something - and then commit to getting the answer quickly

  • The benefit of doing frequent ‘peer reviews’ at the board level and more


Deborah Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Corporate Director, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc.

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 the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.

Deborah currently leads and serves as a Corporate Director for Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (TSXV:KHRN) and Audit Committee Chair and Lift & Co.(TSX-V: LIFT) as Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. Deborah recently served on the board of MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) as the Chair of the Audit Committee (-acquired by AuroraCannabis (TSX: ACB)- July 2018, as well as  she chaired the Audit Committee, for NexJ Systems (TSX:NXJ) and was on the board of Sears Canada (TSX: SCC).

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

Deborah’s thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity and entrepreneurship-are profiled on her website:

You can get in touch with Deborah at

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