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Diversity 50

Diversity 50

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PhaseNyne (parent company of Canadian Board Diversity Council - CBDC, Women's Executive Network - WXN and Stevens Resource Group - SRG) is proud to announce this year's Diversity 50 (D50) 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.

Now in its sixth year of production, Diversity 50 is an initiative supporting PhaseNyne / CBDC’s mandate to increase representation of such considerations as gender, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community at the boardroom of Canada's 500 largest organizations.

The 2017 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.

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Diversity 50 Champions and Proxy Committee

To select the Diversity 50 2017, the Council vetted the list through a process endorsed by 24 participating CEOs and executives (Diversity 50 Champions and Proxy Committee members). Thank you to our Diversity Champions, Proxy Committee members and their organizations for supporting and sponsoring the Diversity 50 initiative.

Diversity 50 Champions

Carol Banducci



Michael Crothers


PresidentShell Canada

Kevin Dougherty


PresidentSun Life Financial

David Garofalo


President & CEOGoldcorp

Paul Godfrey


Executive Chairman & Chief Executive OfficerPostmedia

Arleen King


Senior Vice President, Client ExperienceTELUS

Chint Kulkarni


Managing Director & Head, Loan SyndicationsCIBC

Don Lindsay


President & CEOTeck Resources

Lisa Lisson


PresidentFedEx Express Canada

Kathy McGarrigle


Former COOCoast Capital Savings

Mandy Rennehan


Blue Collar CEO™ and FounderFreshco


President & CEOSuncor


Managing Partner, TalentDeloitte Canada

Proxy Committee

Tracey Arnish


Chief People OfficerCoast Capital Savings

Farah Huq


Director, Future of Canada Centre at Deloitte CanadaDeloitte

Jennifer Laidlaw


Senior Director, Gender InclusionCIBC

Janice Odegaard


SVP & General CounselSuncor

Debbie Oster


VP People / CultureTELUS

Shannon Oullette


General Manager, Groundbirch & Operations Technical SupportShell Canada

Effie Simanikas


VP Ops, Finance & ITIAMGOLD

Pina Starnino


VP OperationsFedEx Express Canada

Anna Tudela


VP Diversity, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate SecretaryGoldcorp

Katrina White


Bear's Strategic ExpertFreshco

Dean Winsor


Human ResourcesTeck Resources

Corporate Partners


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Diversity 50

Diversity 50 Appointments

FP500 and Fortune 500 Appointments

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

National, SME and Community Boards

  • Marg Soden, Diversity 50 2015, elected to the Board of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, September 2016
  • Sara L . Austin, Diversity 50 2015, appointed to the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University, August 2016
  • Deb Trouten, Diversity 50 2015, elected to the Board at Communications & Public Relations Foundation, August 2016
  • Vicky Sharpe, Diversity 50 2015, elected to the board Capital Markets Regulatory Authority, July 2016
  • Odette Uy, Diversity 50 2015, elected to the board IPM Holdings Inc., June 2016
  • Sharon Ranson, Diversity 50 2015, elected to the board Echelon Financial Holdings Inc., May 2016
  • Katherine C. Vyse, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the board Mainstreet Health Investments, April 2016
  • Marie Delorme, Diversity 50 2014, elected to the board River Cree Enterprises, February 2016
  • Laura Formusa, Diversity 50 2013, elected to the Board of York University in July, 2015
  • 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