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Inspiring Women Award

OAB Inspiring Women In Broadcasting Award

According to a McKinsey Canada study released in June, only 31% of Vice Presidents and 14% of CEOs are women.  The full study can be found here.

Women are 76 percent as likely as men to be promoted to manager and even less likely (64 percent) to be promoted to vice president. At the same time, women only make up 43 percent of external hires at the manager level and 34 percent at the VP level.

Commitment to gender equality is strong among Canadian organizations. Four in five report that gender diversity is a top or very important priority. And half of them have articulated a business case for gender diversity, which is a three-fold increase since our 2017 survey. However, although men and women are now equally split at the entry level, progress is slow and women continue to remain underrepresented across the talent pipeline, accounting for less than a third of senior leadership roles at the VP level and above. For every four men that are promoted to manager and for every five men promoted to vice president, only three women are promoted to the respective positions.

With continued downsizing in the industry, and lack of funds for training the opportunity for female broadcasters to learn and grow becomes a casualty of the industry’s reality. 

Across Ontario the number of female broadcasters in a leadership role is dismal compared to their male counterparts.  Females are well represented as a whole in the industry, the issue is truly the lack of leadership roles. We’d like to change that!

To this end, the Ontario Association of Broadcasters has created the Inspiring Women Award.  The Award will be given to a woman from a member station and enable them training and mentor opportunities paid and coordinated by the OAB.



The woman must be currently employed at an OAB member station in good standing who can demonstrate:

    • An excellent work ethic, with superior leadership qualities.
    • Passion for the industry and community service.
    • Currently employed in the industry with at least 2 years experience. 
    • Willingness to grow and develop beyond their current role. 
    • Willingness to mentor other female broadcasters.


Application must include: 

  • Resume
  • Essay explaining why you deserve to win
  • At least 2 industry related reference letters explaining why you should win including recommendation from current employer

Applications will be reviewed by the OAB Awards Committee and Executive and the winner announced at the OAB Conference.  Entry deadline:  September 19, 2022


The OAB’s Inspiring Women In Broadcasting Award recipient will receive:

  • Full Delegate Pass to the OAB Conference with invitation to the Welcome Reception.
  • Opportunity to participate as a speaker during OAB Career Day
  • Attend an OAB Board Meeting 
  • Job Shadow 3 OAB Board Members throughout the year as well as Career Development/Mentorship/Coaching calls with Board Members. 
  • 1 Full Delegate Pass to Canadian Music Week (CMW)
  • CRTC – Mentorship Opportunity with the Ontario Regional Commissioner – tbd
  • Full Day at the CRTC with key staff – tbd