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More than half of Canada’s female executives believe that there are multiple obstacles preventing women studying for an MBA in Canada, according to a recent survey.

The report was compiled for the Queen’s schools of business, in Kingston, Ontario, by Environics Research Group and 56 per cent of those questions said women had to overcome many obstacles before enrolling on an MBA programme. The obstacles most often cited by women are family responsibilities (36 per cent), lack of financial resources (18 per cent) and lack of female role models (6 per cent).

“Canada cannot compete in a global marketplace if half of the nation’s potential talent pool feels discouraged from pursuing the crucial business training that comes with an MBA,” says Shannon Goodspeed, director of the Queen’s MBA for science and technology.

The report does highlight some good news, however. Some 78 per cent of Canadian executives say they would choose a candidate with an MBA over one without an MBA if other factors were equal. Only 14 per cent say the degree would make no difference. A curmudgeonly 6 per cent say having an MBA makes a candidate less appealing.


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