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Diversity 50

Diversity 50

CBDC Diversity 50

The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) is accepting applications for 2015 Diversity 50 - Canada's only national database of qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments.

APPLY NOW: 2015 Diversity 50

The Canadian Board Diversity Council unveiled the results of our third nationwide search for qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments on October 16, 2014. Adding 50 new corporate leaders to its database, we now have a pool of 150 candidates. We are proud to have 15 FP500 appointments and 3 Fortune 500 appointments from our Diversity 50.

This year, the Council in collaboration with the 12 Diversity 50 Presidents, CEOs and Chairs, will add another 50 candidates to the list, creating what we consider the definitive resource of diverse, board-ready candidates. If you have believe you have the qualifications to serve on an FP500 board and are interested in being considered for the 2015 Diversity 50, please click here. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2015. The Council will release its next Diversity 50 list in the Fall 2015 and will facilitate introductions for our Members' boards and executive teams at that time.

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.

We are grateful to HSBC Canada President and CEO Paulo Maia, Deloitte Canada Managing Partner and Chief Executive Frank Vettese and the 10 other CEOs who have developed and vetted the qualification criteria for Diversity 50 in collaboration with the Council.

Diversity 50 has proven to be an effective tool to boost diverse board-level representation in Corporate Canada. If your organization is a Member of CBDC, please click here to meet the Diversity 50. You may search 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 candidate's credentials against the board's requirements.

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 will be held again in 2015 in Calgary, Vancouver, Montréal and Toronto in September and October.

We invite your organization 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.

Please dial into one of our three 30-minute conference calls to receive an overview of the application process and to ask any questions. The dates are:

Date & TimeDial-InMeeting No.
1. Monday, March 23, 2015: 3:00 PM EDT 1-877-668-4490 660 889 190#
2. Tuesday, April 21, 2015: 1:00 PM EDT 1-877-668-4490 662 000 680#
3. Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 4:00 PM EDT 1-877-668-4490 667 090 397#

APPLY NOW: 2015 Diversity 50

Co-Presented by HSBC and Deloitte


For more information, please contact
Audrey Wubbenhorst at 416-361-1475 ext. 227.


Diversity 50 CEOs

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

Don Coulter


Interim President and Chief Executive OfficerCoast Capital Savings

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


President and Chief Executive OfficerIron Ore Company of Canada

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

Have questions?
Download our FAQ PDF.

Diversity 50

Diversity 50 Appointments

FP500 and Fortune 500 Appointments

Laura Dottori elected to Board of Teck Resources, November 2014

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

  • Laurie Copithorne, elected to Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, November 2014
  • Madeleine Féquière, Diversity 50 2014, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec in October 2014
  • 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