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Women general counsel outnumber their male colleagues 2-to-1 in board membership at Canadian public companies, according to a report released Thursday by Canadian law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

The annual benchmarking study shows 66% of the GCs on the boards of companies on the S&P/TSX Composite Index are women, with the banking/insurance and energy sectors leading the way. However, 154 of the 219 companies in the study, including those in the hotel/leisure, health/pharma and communications sectors, do not have any women GCs on their boards.

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Gail J. Cohen

Gail J. Cohen is the Toronto-based correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in Canada. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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