ILA Podcast

Leading the Court: Canada’s First Female Chief Justice

Leading the Court. Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future. With Maureen Metcalf.

Guest: Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin


The Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Canada’s First Female Chief Justice and the 2023 ILA Distinguished Leadership Award Winner, joins Maureen to reflect on her leadership journey — from a farm in rural Alberta to the top court in the land. That journey has powerful perspectives on the decision-making process for leaders of all stripes: from law-firm partners to CEOs.

It’s inspiring, too! McLachlin overcame deeply entrenched sexism and other barriers, but forged on with a clear vision.

Here’s what Rt. Hon. McLachlin and Maureen cover:

  • The many ways the legal profession offers lessons for leaders of every stripe;
  • The qualities and skills judges must hone to make effective, balanced decisions — skills that will help your decision-making, too; and
  • Why it’s so important to get your decisions right — but be willing to change them as new evidence comes in.
Fun Fact!  McLachlin is also the author of the bestselling Jilly Truitt mystery novels.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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