FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is committing to further advance women’s equality by improving gender balance on provincial agencies, boards and commissions, and by appointing more women to executive positions.

“Studies show that having more women in positions of influence spurs better governance and decision making,” said Premier Brian Gallant, who is also the minister responsible for women’s equality. “We are proud to be appointing competent women who are helping us grow the economy, strengthen education, and improve health care.”

Between October 2014 and February 2017, the government made 463 appointments to agencies, boards and commissions; of that number, 266 (57 per cent) were female. Of the 33 appointments to chair positions, 20 (61 per cent) have been female.

These appointments include:

  • Danie Roy, chair of the board of directors of the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission
  • Kathy Briggs, chair of the Family Income Security Appeal Board
  • Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, co-chair of the Council on Aging
  • Cathy Simpson, chair of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
  • Deborah Romero, first female chair of the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Board
  • Roxanne Fairweather, first female chair of Opportunities NB
  • Rachelle Gagnon, first female chair of NB Liquor’s board of directors.