Women On Board

Women On Board® was founded in 2007 by Patrick O'Callaghan, Managing Partner of Patrick O'Callaghan and Associates, and Carol Stephenson, Dean of Richard Ivey School of Business, who were seeking a practical solution to address the lack of women directors on Canada's corporate boards. The first program was launched in 2007 with just 5 women and their very impressive mentoring partners. In 2011, long-time supporter Korn/Ferry International began to assist the program operationally to identify qualified senior executive women to participate in the program.

In 2012, Women On Board® published an online listing called Women On Board® Source to raise the profiles of all the women selected to join Women On Board® and to provide a resource for corporate boards seeking qualified women corporate director candidates.

In 2013 Catalyst, the world's leading non-profit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women in business, acquired Women On Board® and the program is now a part of Catalyst's Corporate Board Services. Patrick O'Callaghan remains an advisor to the program.

Further information about Women On Board can be found at www.womenonboard.ca or by contacting:

Thea Miller, Managing Director

Friends for Zambia

In 2006, Patrick and his wife, Shelley, founded a Canadian charity, Friends for Zambia Society, to raise money to build a school in Zambia.

Patrick and Shelley had taught in Zambia in the early 1970s (with CUSO) and had kept in touch with their Zambian colleagues. Two of these colleagues, Simon and Lydia Maonde, retired to a community with no school, and started taking children into their home. By 2006, 200 children were being taught in the Maonde's home in shifts, from preschool to grade 7. The Maondes asked for help to build a school for these children. Friends for Zambia has raised the money in Canada to construct the necessary school buildings for the Twitti School. The official opening of the Twitti School was held in 2012 and we now have a fully functioning school from preschool to grade 7.

We are continuing to raise money to fund capital projects at the Twitti School as well as to provide scholarships to children in need. The school is completely self-sufficient. The children pay nominal school fees and this, along with fundraising in Zambia by the PTA and Board of Trustees, pays for the ongoing costs of the school, including teachers' salaries.

More information can be found at www.friendsforzambia.org, and donations can be made online or on the home page of the website.