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Diversity 50


Diversity 50

The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) is accepting applications for 2016 Diversity 50 - Canada’s only national database of qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments.

APPLY NOW: 2016 Diversity 50

In 2015, CBDC added 50 new corporate leaders to its database after the fourth nationwide search for qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments. We now have a pool of 200 candidates. We are proud to have 25 FP500 and Fortune 500 appointments from our Diversity 50 initiative.

This year, the Council in collaboration with the 10 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 the qualifications to serve on an FP500 board and are interested in being considered for the 2016 Diversity 50, please click here.

Deadline for applications is May 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. The Council will release its next Diversity 50 list in the fall of 2016 and will facilitate introductions for our Members’ boards and executive teams at that time.

For any questions, please dial-in to one of three teleconferences:

Date & Time Dial-In Meeting No.
1. March 10th 2:00 – 3:00PM EST 1-877-668-4490 666 838 527#
2. April 11th 1:00 – 2:00PM EST 1-877-668-4490 669 090 741#
3. May 12th 12:00 – 1:00PM EST 1-877-668-4490 665 791 361#

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 gender, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities.

"More and more Canadian organizations recognize that diversity of experience and knowledge on their Boards of Directors is a key driver of competitive success, and the Diversity 50 initiative is a highly effective resource for corporate Canada. What sets the Diversity 50 apart is the extensive due diligence conducted by the CBDC and the 10 participating Diversity 50 CEOs in selecting the final candidates. Candidates selected are truly board-ready. It is an honour to be associated with such a prestigious and accomplished group," says 2012 Diversity 50 Candidate Katherine Rethy, who was elected to the boards of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (2015) and Toromont Inc. (2013) since her appointment to CBDC's Diversity 50.

"Gaining recognition is an important step to develop relationship with people that can refer you to potential board seat. Diversity-50 is a great way to achieve this objective. It puts forward the name of diverse corporate directors with the required experience for board responsibilities. It helped me land an interview with radio-Canada on the topic of board diversity which greatly increased my reputation as a corporate director." Says, Josee Morin, a Diversity 50 candidate from 2015.

We are grateful to Deloitte Canada Managing Partner and Chief Executive Frank Vettese and the nine other CEOs who have developed and vetted the qualification criteria for Diversity 50 in collaboration with the Council.

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.

For further assistance please contact Paul-Emile McNab, Manager, Research at 416-361-1475 x 251 or diversity50@boarddiversity.ca

Co-Presented by Deloitte

 

 


Diversity 50 CEOs

Thanks to the 10 CEOs and their organizations who are supporting and sponsoring the Diversity 50 initiative.

Don Coulter

Don
Coulter

President and Chief Executive OfficerCoast Capital Savings

Kevin P. Dougherty

Kevin P.
Dougherty

PresidentSun Life Financial Canada


Darren Entwistle

Darren
Entwistle

President and Chief Executive OfficerTELUS

Paul Godfrey

Paul
Godfrey

President and Chief Executive OfficerPostmedia Network


Steve Letwin

Steve
Letwin

President and Chief Executive OfficerIAMGOLD

Lisa Lisson

Lisa
Lisson

PresidentFedEx Express Canada


Norman Steinberg

Norman
Steinberg

Global Vice Chair and Chairman, CanadaNorton Rose Fulbright

Éric Martel

Éric
Martel

President and Chief Executive OfficerHydro-Québec


Frank
Vettese

Managing Partner and Chief ExecutiveDeloitte

Steve
Williams

President and Chief Executive OfficerSuncor Energy

Diversity 50

Diversity 50 Appointments

FP500 and Fortune 500 Appointments

Benita Warmbold elected to Board of Methanex Corporation, February 2016

JP Gladu elected to Ontario Power Generation Inc., November 2015

Katherine Rethy elected to Board of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, July 2015

Annalisa King elected to Board of North West Company Inc., November 2014

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 Loblaw Companies Limited, May 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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Laura Formusa elected to board of Equitable Life of Canada, June 2013

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

  • Katherine C. Vyse, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the board Mainstreet Health Investments, April 2016
  • Jean Paul Gladu, Diversity 50 2014, elected to the board Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, June 2015
  • Carmen Rossiter, Diversity 50 2014, elected to Board of Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario, March 2015
  • 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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  • Brian Chu, Diversity 50 2012, elected to the board Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, March 2014
  • 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