Diversity in Governance Awards

Diversity in Governance Awards



  • The Diversity in Governance Awards honour nonprofit organizations and public agencies, boards and commissions, which have made tangible steps to promote diversity at their highest levels.

    Successful strategies of past recipients have included the establishment and implementation of diversity policies; outreach to diverse communities; and measurement and reporting on diversity goals.

    • 2013 Diversity in Governance Award

      The 2013 recipients are Blue Hills Child and Family Centre (nonprofit board category), City of Markham (local government category), and William Osler Health System (public board category). In the corporate board category, the Canadian Board Diversity Council recognizes BMO Financial Group.

      At an awards ceremony on June 19, 2013, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, the City of Markham, and William Osler Health System for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds. A corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized BMO Financial Group.

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      From left: Simon Fish, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BMO Financial Group; Cathy Winter, Project Manager, DiverseCityonBoard; Willa Black, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco; The Honourable Liz Sandals, Ontario Minister of Education; Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree; Alan Broadbent, Chairman, Maytree; Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham; Bala Kumar, Board member, Chair, Nominations Committee, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre; Gervan Fearon, William Osler Health System Board of Directors; Mitzie Hunter, former CEO, CivicAction.

      “Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to lead,” explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of DiverseCity. “In a region as diverse as ours, this involves embracing the full spectrum of skills, experiences and connections available. Capitalizing on our immense talent pool is an imperative for today’s nonprofit, public and corporate boards.”

      This year’s winners of the Diversity in Governance Awards are leading examples of inclusive boards of governance. Their deliberate strategies have enriched their own boards and organizations, and their example is changing the face of leadership across the GTA. The 2012 DiverseCity Counts report, Leadership Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector: Baby Steps, Big Strides, and Bold Stances, clearly shows that diversity contributes to effective governance, and that more diversity amplifies these benefits.

      2013 Governance Awards Winners

      • Blue Hills Child and Family Centre
      • City of Markham
      • William Osler Health System
      • BMO Financial Group
    • 2010 Diversity in Governance Award

      The 2010 recipients were The Peel Children’s Aid Society (nonprofit board category), The Town of Richmond Hill (public board category), and The Redwood (small nonprofit board category). A new corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized TD Bank Group.

      At an awards ceremony at Cisco Canada’s head office, DiverseCity onBoard recognized Peel Children’s Aid, The Redwood and the Town of Richmond Hill for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to recruit board members from diverse backgrounds. A new corporate award, presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognized TD Bank Group.

      2010

      Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty addressed the winners and applauded the progress made in changing the face of leadership across the GTA. It was also announced that the government will continue to support the DiverseCity project, including the DiverseCity onBoard initiative, for another two years.

      “Diversity is one of Ontario’s greatest strengths,” said Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins. “When organizations work with DiverseCity to make their governance more diverse, they open their organizations to new opportunities and new markets. That kind of openness is going to help support our growing economy and a stronger Ontario.”

      2010 Governance Award Winners

      • Peel Children’s Aid
      • The Redwood
      • Town of Richmond Hill
      • TD Bank Group
    • 2009 Diversity in Governance Award

      The 2009 recipients were United Way Toronto and Women’s College Hospital.

      At an awards ceremony on Thursday, February 4, 2010, DiverseCity onBoard recognized United Way Toronto and Women’s College Hospital for embracing diversity in board governance and making it a priority to seek out board members from diverse backgrounds.

      2009

      This year’s winners of the third annual Diversity in Governance Awards stand as models. Their deliberate strategies have enriched their own boards, and their example is changing the face of leadership across the GTA.

      “Good practice in board governance includes finding the right people to lead,” explained Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree and co-chair of DiverseCity. “In a city region as diverse as ours, this involves embracing the full spectrum of skills, experiences and connections available. Capitalizing on our immense talent pool is an imperative for today’s nonprofit and public boards, but the road to success is not always clear.”

    • 2008 Diversity in Governance Award

      The 2008 recipients were The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board,Harbourfront Centre and The YMCA of Greater Toronto.

      On Wednesday, November 12, 2008, Maytree announced and celebrated the winners of its second Annual Diversity in Governance Awards at a gala event. Just as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, with his African, Hawaiian and Indonesian roots, is now the world’s most prominent symbol of diversity, the Diversity in Governance Award winners are leaders in diversity well ahead of the curve in embracing and engaging the skills, experience and commitment of Toronto’s racially and ethnically diverse communities onto their boards of governance.

      Honouring Three Organizations

      The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board was the winner of this year’s Public Governance category. “Three years ago we started out with 12 board members and have grown to 40. One third of our board now reflects the cultural and regional diversity of Ontario, a microcosm of our world,” said Linda Lamoureux, Chair. Harbourfront Centre was honoured with the Nonprofit Governance Award and theYMCA of Greater Toronto was recognized as a Trailblazer.

      2008

      Back: Alok Mukherjee, Mark Cohon, Alan Broadbent, Mide Akerewusi

      Front: Ratna Omidvar, Bill Boyle, Linda Lamoureux, Sandy McIntyre

       

    • 2007 Diversity in Governance Award

      The 2007 recipients were The Ontario Trillium FoundationThe City of Toronto,Seneca CollegeDixon Hall and an honourable mention to The York Region Police Services Board.

      Five organizations were honoured at the first Maytree Foundation Diversity in Governance Awards. The awards celebrated public institutions and voluntary organizations demonstrating commitment and innovation in creating inclusive boards.

      The 2007 recipients were The Ontario Trillium FoundationThe City of Toronto,Seneca CollegeDixon Hall and an honourable mention to The York Region Police Services Board.

      The awards were supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as part of the Ontario Government’s Volunteering-Citizenship in Action strategy.

      Award recipients were selected based on best practices for recruiting, appointing and engaging board members from diverse communities. Successful strategies include well-established diversity policies, outreach to diverse communities, measurement and reporting on diversity goals and professional development of board members.

      ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION

      Category: Provincial Agency, Board of Commission

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      The Ontario Trillium Foundation achieved a more culturally reflective Board of Directors and Grant Review Teams (GRT) by outreach to newcomer communities, including the use of advertising and public service announcements. The Foundation proactively supported the application process by tracking the progress of applications from diverse candidates and made diversity part of the orientation for all new Board and GRT members.

      The Ontario Trillium Foundation supports the voluntary sector through investments in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services, and sports and recreation sectors.

      CITY OF TORONTO

      Category: Municipal Agency, Board or Commission]

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      The City of Toronto recognized that the City was best served by boards that reflected the geographic distribution and diversity of the communities they served. To achieve this objective, the City implemented pro-active strategies including new public appointments policies and benchmarks and extensive outreach to under-represented groups. The City of Toronto defined “citizens” to include all residents, including permanent residents, refugees, refugee claimants and residents without homes. Applicants were asked to identify their diversity status to track the City’s progress in achieving its goal.

      Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. The city appoints 282 community members to 29 City boards during each term of Council.

      SENECA COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

      Category: Other Public Institutions

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      Seneca’s best practices included diversity and equity as specific criteria for appointments, an appointment committee that was mandated to build a diverse roster from alumni and college committees and an annual voluntary survey in which, most recently, 45% of the board self-identified as visible minority.

      With more than eight campuses across the GTA, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology provides internationally and nationally recognized career education and training to more students than any other college in Canada.

      DIXON HALL

      Category: Nonprofit organization

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      At Dixon Hall, one-third of the board members came from the community and social services sector. Dixon Hall was deliberate about its board composition and engaged its multicultural constituents to fill vacancies and strengthen community partnerships.

      Dixon Hall is a United Way agency located in Regent Park, Canada’s largest public housing complex. The agency assists local residents with housing, employment, education, personal growth, cultural enrichment and recreation.

      THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF YORK POLICE SERVICES BOARD

      Category: Honourable Mention, Municipal 

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      The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board made specific commitments to diversity in its business planning, including increasing the appeal of policing as a profession among diverse young people through its Recruiting with Vision Strategy; increasing the sensitivity of new officers to multicultural communities through its Recruit Community Insight Program; and establishing a Civic Leadership Award to honour stellar community leaders who promote understanding and tolerance in the community. As one of the most diverse Police Services Boards in Ontario, the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board considers the implications on the diverse community when formulating its governance policies that provide direction to the York Regional Police.

      The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is the seven member civilian board that oversees the York Regional Police. The Board oversees police services including crime prevention in the York Region.