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CBDC is the leading Canadian organization advancing diversity on Canada's boards in order to help drive increased shareholder value. 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.

Canada’s future competitiveness depends on ensuring more boards of directors are comprised of directors who are the most qualified in a greatly-expanded talent pool.

The Council does not support the introduction of quotas in Canada to achieve this goal. We support a made-in Canada approach: collaboration with the corporate director community, our growing group of member companies, governments, academic institutions, aspiring directors, individual shareholders and institutional investors to speed up the pace of change.

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What is the mandate of the CBDC?

What is the mandate of the CBDC?

  • Conducting research on the progress of diversity on Canada’s corporate boards
  • Providing excellence in governance education programming to build a greater pipeline of highly-skilled diverse board candidates
  • Educating CBDC members and the governance community on board diversity best practices and principles
  • Building a robust network of business leaders committed to diversity including top professionals who reflect Canada’s diversity

testimonials

I have experienced the value of diversity; in my opinion, diversity of opinion, background and perspective adds value to organizations of all sizes – we need to encourage diversity at all levels of every organization from the Board of Directors to the frontline employees.

Zoë Yujnovich
President and CEO,
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Accenture
Agrium
BC Hydro
BCE
Beedie School of Business
BMO Financial Group
Caisse
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Women in Communications
CIBC
CIDI
Cisco Systems Inc
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Crowe Soberman LLP
CSCS
Deloitte
Desjardins
Directors College
HSBC Bank Canada
Husky Energy
Hydro-Québec
IAMGOLD
Institute of Corporate Directors
Iron Ore Company of Canada
KPMG LLP
Laurentian Bank
Maytree Foundation
McCarthy Tetrault
Miller Thomson LLP
National Bank
National Post
Odgers Berndtson
Pacific Rubiales Energy
PotashCorp
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Scotiabank
Shoppers Drug Mart
Sionna Investment Managers Inc
Sun Life Financial
Suncor
TD Bank Group
Telus
The Jeffery Group Ltd
Toronto Hydro
Torys LLP
Vancouver Airport Authority
VIA Rail
Women in Capital Markets
Women’s Executive Network