Oct 15, 2015
Since its formation in 2010, The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) has become the leading organization advancing diversity on Canada’s boards. The CBDC envisions Canadian companies becoming more globally competitive in part because more boards reflect Canada’s multicultural population, providing a wealth of talent, perspectives and connections to markets. Launched in November 2012, Diversity 50 was developed by the CBDC to address the “visibility barrier” faced by diverse candidates. The initiative acts as a resource beyond their own networks for directors and search firms seeking to fill board positions.
Each year, using a stringent selection process, the Council adds 50 board-ready candidates to its Diversity 50 database, building the definitive resource for Corporate Canada. With the addition of the 2015 candidates, the Diversity 50 database now numbers 200. We are very proud to announce that our own Shahir Guindi, Managing Partner in Montréal, has the honour of being selected in 2015.
The CBDC believes that a number of key differences set Diversity 50 apart from similar initiatives, including its focus on:
- Ethnicity, gender and aboriginal status
- Hands-on participation of leading CEOs/Chairs
- Best-in-class criteria that address knowledge, skills and behaviours
- A stringent selection process
- An exclusive list of candidates
- Collaboration with GMI Ratings
In its first three years, the program has clearly demonstrated its effectiveness, with 17 FP500 appointments and three Fortune 500 appointments from its Diversity 50.
Visit Diversity 50 for more information about profiles, appointments and the 11 CEOs and their organizations supporting and sponsoring the Diversity 50 initiative.
Read CBDC's press release announcing the 2015 Diversity 50 cohort to learn about this year’s highly qualified candidates, including eight men and 42 women, ready for roles on Canada’s corporate boards.