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CBDC-CCAB ‘The Power of Collaboration’ Joint Governance Summits

Power of Collaboration Report 2015
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The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) held Joint Governance Summits titled “The Power of Collaboration: Bridging the Gap Between Aboriginal Business Leaders and Corporate Canada,” on Wednesday, April 29th 2015 in Vancouver and Thursday, May 14th 2015 in Calgary. Sponsors were CIBC as the Banking Sponsor and EY as the Accounting and Advisory Services Sponsor as well as Simon Fraser University (SFU), Beedie School of Business as our Academic Partner. CBDC and CCAB brought together some of Vancouver and Calgary's most influential thought leaders to discuss one of today’s most pressing issues: the evolving relationship between Corporate Canada and Aboriginal business leaders.

Over 200 people attended the summits in Vancouver and Calgary. The agenda included panel discussions with Aboriginal business leaders as well as problem-solving breakout sessions.

Dr. Mark Selman, Director, Executive MBA Aboriginal Business & Leadership, Beedie School of Business, SFU moderated the Vancouver Summit. Speakers and panelists were:

  • Kim Baird, former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation and Owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting;
  • Cliff Fregin, CEO, New Relationship Trust;
  • JP Gladu, President and CEO for the CCAB;
  • Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Canadian Board Diversity Council; and
  • Dave Tuccaro, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan and founder of Tuccaro Inc.

Deborah Yedlin, Business Columnist, Calgary Herald moderated the Calgary panel. Panelists were:

  • Mel E. Benson, Corporate Director, Suncor;
  • John Carruthers, President, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines;
  • Dr. Marie Delorme, CEO, The Imagination Group of Companies;
  • Thomas Isaac, Partner, Osler Hoskin and Harcourt’s Aboriginal Law Group; and
  • Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations

The ‘Power of Collaboration’ raised awareness, engagement and interest in learning about how Corporate Canada has, and can continue to assist Aboriginal business leaders. Building strong relationships, to form meaningful partnerships, will increase Aboriginal boardroom representation, through the collaborative efforts of the CBDC and CCAB. In short, we need the power of collaboration. We need to continue to build relationships between Aboriginal leaders and Corporate Canada.

Canada's Top 500 Organizations: Board Diversity Best Practices Roundtables


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) expect that many of the board appointments in the next three to five years will be of senior finance professionals. In response to the OSC final amendments of national instrument 58-101 and 58-101F1 that came into force this year to address the lack of diversity on Canada’s corporate boards, the ACCA and CBDC co-hosted four Roundtables in 2014-2015: two in Toronto, one in Vancouver and one in Calgary. The Roundtables were exclusively for CFOs and senior finance professionals.

The objectives of the Roundtable series were to raise awareness of the current regulatory environment in respect of board diversity, board diversity best practices and how senior finance professionals can position themselves for future directorships; deliver value-added global research on how individuals with a finance background have a higher propensity to be on boards; and provide attendees with the opportunity to share experiences, discuss the issues and learn from their peers.

This is a continuation of the CBDC-EY Roundtable series that the Council initiated in 2011 that brought together FP500 Board Chairs, nominating/governance Committee Chairs and CEOs to discuss diversity best practices and issues related to implementing board diversity guidelines and policies.

In 2015-2016, the Council is pleased to announce that it will be co-hosting the Roundtable Series again with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).



“I was amazed at the experience and credentials of my fellow participants. As this was an Introductory course, I wasn't sure what to expect, but the sophistication and the knowledge of the participants soon became evident. I learned a lot just by listening to their stories and experiences. This course helped me get past my pre-conceived notions that Board positions are primarily based on "who you know," not "what you know" --although I'm sure that's still a factor on many Boards! Courses like the Get on Board Program which emphasize Board education are a great step towards getting Boards comprised of qualified diverse individuals outside the old boys club.”

Karen Fellowes
Associate Lawyer, Davis LLP

"Diversity is imperative, particularly in the boardroom. It helps to spark innovation, create new solutions to old challenges and generate powerful ideas and profound change."

Fiona Macfarlane
Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young, Managing Partner, Western Canada