Friday, December 9, 2011

Kudos to the New RCMP Commissioner

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, our federal police force, recently had its 23rd commissioner formally installed.  There have been problems with the previous commissioners, but from what I'm hearing so far from Bob Paulson, things are looking up.


Paulson's take on women deserves kudos.  While the organization has nearly 38% of its ranks as women, not many are in the upper ranks.  In one article on TheSpec, he is quoted as saying:
“My view is, we bring more women into our decision-making process at the executive level; we have a much more representative decision-making body in the force.”
But he doesn't want to boost the numbers for the sake of equality.  As a CTV article reports:
"I recognize that most of our women are concerned that this increase in numbers in the senior ranks will be a measure that is just adding numbers," he said.

"I want to make sure that those employees and members that merit promotion get the promotion. I don't want people to think that we're moving women into the senior ranks just because we need more women." 
It seems that Paulson believes that there are many women who deserve to be in the higher ranks but are being overlooked.

Sounds an awful lot like what we need in tech companies and academic institutions, doesn't it?


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