DiverseCity onBoard Expands to New Groups
DiverseCity onBoard is a catalyst for diversity in leadership and good governance in the not-for-profit and public sectors. DiverseCity onBoard is embracing the full diversity of Canada through a recent expansion of its board matching program. It will now be working with the LGBT+ community and women from all communities, and the program has formed new relationships with Canada’s Aboriginal/Indigenous communities to increase their inclusion on governance boards. The program will expand to persons with disabilities in 2017.
On Monday, November 7th, 2016, a launch event was held in Toronto to celebrate the DiverseCity onBoard’s expansion to additional groups under-represented in governance, as well as the program’s new affiliation with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. The event also commemorated a generous gift from TD Bank Group that will help bring inclusive governance to more organizations and communities across Canada.
A panel discussion, moderated by Senator Ratna Omidvar, discussed the ‘how’ of inclusive governance. Speakers addressed the disconnect between the value of diversity to directors and its glacial progress, and by what means different dimensions of diversity can work together towards a common goal of inclusive governance. Panelists included Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Colin Druhan, Executive Director, Pride at Work, Julia Hanigsberg, President & CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Naki Osutei, Board Member, Seneca College, Timothy Rose, Founder, Positive Disability Consulting, and Judy A. White, CEO, Assembly of First Nations