Diversonomics | Season 2 Episode 3 - A seat at the table: It's time for women to get on boards

29 September 2017

Episode tip

"You have to decide whether it's something you're interested in doing. If it is, then make connections with people who are on existing boards. Ask them how they got there…" - Lorraine Mastersmith, partner at Gowling WLG




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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, view his bio or connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, and medical defence law. Sarah also has ecommercial and civil litigation experience in a variety of areas, including contractual and construction law disputes, tort actions, and small claims court claims. While in law school, Sarah was an oralist in the 2013 Willms and Shier Environmental Law Moot competition, sat as an executive on the Women and Law Association, and was the vice-president of the class of 2013 council in her final year.

To learn more about Sarah connect with her on LinkedIn.

Episode guest

Lorraine Mastersmith

Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner in Gowling WLG's Corporate Commercial Group, based in the firm's Ottawa office. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors - from information and communications technology to live video production and social impact companies.

To learn more about Lorraine, visit her bio or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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