On November 17th, 2016, CBDC released its 2016 Diversity 50 cohort, a list of highly-qualified and diverse candidates in search of corporate board roles, which could help Canada’s largest companies source the top-level talent needed to compete globally.
Since 2012, CBDC’s Diversity 50 list has led to 29 board appointments on FP500 and three Fortune 500 corporate boards, by increasing the visibility of board-ready candidates from a more diverse range of backgrounds and experiences than what is traditionally sourced through a board’s existing network.
The 2016 Diversity 50 list provides a much-needed resource that highlights candidates who have the knowledge, skills and experience to lead in corporate Canada but might not have the visibility or connections to get in front of hiring committees. By giving corporate boards the tools they need to locate these successful individuals, we’re allowing organizations to broaden their networks and, in the process, build a win-win situation for Canada as a whole.
“I am honoured to be named to the Diversity 50 this year. I love that the Diversity 50 promotes an untapped pool of women that have immense knowledge and experiences in so many different industries. Also, the valuable success these women have built for themselves and the companies they lead is an understatement.”
Manjit Minhas, CEO and Co-Founder, Minhas Breweries and Distillery
As a leader in the very diverse world of sports and entertainment and as a board member of both the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Toronto Foundation, I believe it is crucial for organizations to have representatives from various backgrounds and genders to capture and sustain success. Diversity 50 facilitates this important connection and builds the foundation for better companies and communities.”
Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
CBDC is grateful to our Co-Presenting Partner Deloitte Canada Managing Partner and Chief Executive Frank Vettese, as well as the twelve Platinum Partners who have developed and vetted the qualification criteria for Diversity 50 in collaboration with CBDC.
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.
Thanks to the 13 CEOs and their organizations who are supporting and sponsoring the Diversity 50 initiative.
President and Chief Executive OfficerCoast Capital Savings
President and Canada Country Chair / VP Unconventionals, North AmericaShell Canada
President and CEOCIBC
PresidentSun Life Financial Canada
President and CEOGoldCorp
President and Chief Executive OfficerTELUS
President and Chief Executive OfficerPostmedia Network
President and Chief Executive OfficerIAMGOLD
President and CEOTeck Resources
PresidentFedEx Express Canada
Global Vice Chair and Chairman, CanadaNorton Rose Fulbright
Managing Partner and Chief ExecutiveDeloitte
President and Chief Executive OfficerSuncor Energy
Diversity 50 at a glance
Sonia Baxendale elected to the board of Laurentian Bank of Canada, August 2016
Trudy Curran elected to the board of Dominion Diamond Corporation, August 2016
Laura Formusa elected to the board 407 International Inc., July, 2016.
Sarah Kavanagh elected to the board of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., July 2016
Trudy Curran elected to the board of Baytex Energy Corp., July 2016
Michelle Cormier elected to the board Cascades Inc., July 2016
Sarah Raiss elected to Board of Ritchie Bros., June 2016
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