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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 two years, in collaborating with the 12 Diversity 50 CEOs/Chairs, we now have a database of 100 top, board-ready candidates for corporate board service. .

Please click here to meet the Diversity 50 cohorts from 2012 and 2013.

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. The Diversity 50 database allows you to search 78 specific fields such as industry experience, functional area of expertise and gender to name a few. 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 rating sand 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 and September/October 2013. 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.

Kevin P. Dougherty

Kevin P.

PresidentSun Life Financial Canada

Darren Entwistle


Executive ChairTELUS

Paul Godfrey


President and Chief Executive OfficerPostmedia Network

Ryan Kubik


President and Chief Executive OfficerCanadian Oil Sands

Steve Letwin


President and Chief Executive OfficerIAMGOLD

Paulo Maia


President and Chief Executive OfficerHSBC Bank Canada

Tracy Redies


President and Chief Executive OfficerCoast Capital Savings

Norman Steinberg


Global Vice Chair and Chairman, CanadaNorton Rose Fulbright

Thierry Vandal


President and Chief Executive OfficerHydro-Québec


Managing Partner and Chief ExecutiveDeloitte


President and Chief Executive OfficerSuncor Energy


President and Chief Executive OfficerIron Ore Company of Canada

Applications for Diversity 50 2014 are now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted an application. If you would like us to send you a reminder for 2015, please click here and fill out a feedback form.

Diversity 50 at a glance

Download the Diversity 50 2013 mini profiles PDF

Download the Diversity 50 2012 mini profiles PDF

Have questions?
Download our FAQ PDF.

Diversity 50

Diversity 50 Appointments

FP500 and Fortune 500 Appointments

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

Anita Anand, Diversity 50 2012, elected to 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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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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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

Michael Menezes elected to Board of WNS (Holdings), October 16, 2013
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Victoria Withers elected to Board of BlueShore Financial, October 2013

Julie Jai elected to Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, October 2013

Rodney Nelson elected to Aboriginal Financial Officers Association board, October 2013

Anita Anand elected to Oakville Hospital Foundation, June 2013
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