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Diversity 50


Diversity 50

CBDC Diversity 50

The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) has created Canada’s only national database of qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments – Diversity 50. In three years, in collaborating with the 12 Diversity 50 CEOs/Chairs, we now have a database of 150 top, board-ready candidates for corporate board service.

Diversity 50 is designed to help corporate directors identify board-ready diverse candidates beyond their own networks. How do we define diversity? The Council’s definition expands the traditional board definition of industry experience, management experience, functional area of expertise, education, geography and age to also include such considerations as ethnicity, gender and aboriginal status. Like in any search for a new director, the onus remains on a board’s nominating and governance committee (and their executive search firm) to exercise due diligence and assess the potential candidates credentials against the board’s requirements.

We are grateful to HSBC Canada President and CEO Paulo Maia, Deloitte Managing Partner and Chief Executive Frank Vettese and 10 other CEOs who have developed and vetted the qualification criteria for Diversity 50 in collaboration with the Council. In turn, the Council collaborated with GMI Ratings, a leading independent provider of global corporate governance ratings and research with a database of over 130,000 public company directors.

It is important that corporate directors meet the Diversity 50 candidates in person. The Council was pleased to facilitate these introductions for our Members’ boards of directors and executive teams at private receptions hosted by the select CEOs. The Receptions were held in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal in November 2012, September/October 2013, and October 2014. The Council also piloted a Diversity 50 Reception with executive search firms in Toronto in June 2013.

We invite your board to join the Council and mitigate the risk to your business of not having the diversity of thought and experience at the table to drive shareholder value.

Co-Presented by HSBC and Deloitte

 


Diversity 50 CEOs

Thanks to the 12 CEOs and their organizations who are supporting and sponsoring the Diversity 50 initiative.

Don Coulter

Don
Coulter

Interim President and Chief Executive OfficerCoast Capital Savings

Kevin P. Dougherty

Kevin P.
Dougherty

PresidentSun Life Financial Canada


Darren Entwistle

Darren
Entwistle

Executive ChairTELUS

Paul Godfrey

Paul
Godfrey

President and Chief Executive OfficerPostmedia Network


Ryan Kubik

Ryan
Kubik

President and Chief Executive OfficerCanadian Oil Sands

Steve Letwin

Steve
Letwin

President and Chief Executive OfficerIAMGOLD


Paulo Maia

Paulo
Maia

President and Chief Executive OfficerHSBC Bank Canada

Kelly
Sanders

President and Chief Executive OfficerIron Ore Company of Canada


Norman Steinberg

Norman
Steinberg

Global Vice Chair and Chairman, CanadaNorton Rose Fulbright

Thierry Vandal

Thierry
Vandal

President and Chief Executive OfficerHydro-Québec


Frank
Vettese

Managing Partner and Chief ExecutiveDeloitte

Steve
Williams

President and Chief Executive OfficerSuncor Energy

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Diversity 50

Diversity 50 Appointments

FP500 and Fortune 500 Appointments

Heather Nicol elected to Board of Genworth MI Canada Inc., June 2014

Sarah Raiss elected to Board of Vermilion Energy Inc., March 2014

Sarah Davis elected to Board of AGF Management Limited, January 2014
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Sue Lee elected to Board of Bonavista Energy Corporation, November 2013
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Sarah Kavanagh elected to Board of HudBay Minerals Inc., July 2013 and WPT Industrial REIT, April 26, 2013

Katherine Rethy elected to Toromont Inc. board, July 2013
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Catherine Hughes Board of Statoil, July 2013; elected to Precision Drilling Corporation, May 2013

Janet De Silva elected to Intact Financial (TSE:IFC), May 2013

Beth Horowitz elected to Board of Aimia, December 2012

Linda Kuga Pikulin elected to Board of Enersource, December 2012
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Debra Kelly Ennis elected to Board of Altria, February 2013; elected to the Board of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., May 2013

SME and Community Boards

  • Georgette Habib, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the Board of Governors, University of Calgary, September 2014
  • >Nancy Lala, Diversity 50 2012, elected Vice Chair of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, September 2013, and President of FEI Canada, Toronto Chapter, July 2014
  • Hanne Madsen, Diversity 50 2012, elected to the board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, July 2014
  • Geri Prior, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the boards of the Capilano Foundation, June 2014, and YWCA Vancouver, July 2014
  • Susan Watts, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the board of Crossroads International, July 2014
  • Anita Anand, Diversity 50 2012, elected to the board of Oakville Hydro Distribution Inc., June 2014
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  • Connie L. Graham, Diversity 50 2013, appointed Chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd., June 2014
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  • Melissa Sonberg, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the boards of Le Groupe Touchette and McGill University Governing Board Human Resources Committee, January 2014, and VIA Rail Canada, June 2014
  • Kristine L. Delkus, Diversity 50 2012, elected to Board of Calgary Airport Authority, May 2014
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  • Sue Lee, Diversity 50 2012, elected to Board of Progressive Waste Solutions, May 2014
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  • Shannon Susko, Diversity 50 2013, elected to Board of British Columbia Automobile Association, March 2014,
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  • Mary Ann Turcke, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the boards of Sheena’s Place and Greenwood College School, May 2014
  • Patricia Callon, Diversity 50 2012, elected to the board of Meridian Credit Union, April 2014
  • Melissa Sonberg elected to Board of EQUITAS International Centre for Human Rights, January 2014
  • Lee McDonald elected to Board of Medical Equipment Distributors and Manufacturers of Canada (MEDEC), December 2013
  • Julie Jai elected to Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, October 2013
  • Michael Menezes elected to Board of WNS (Holdings), October 16, 2013
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  • Rodney Nelson elected to Aboriginal Financial Officers Association board, October 2013
  • Victoria Withers elected to Board of BlueShore Financial, October 2013
  • Catherine Hughes, Diversity 50 2012, elected to the board of Statoil ASA, July 2013
  • Anita Anand elected to Oakville Hospital Foundation, June 2013