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Rani Pooran – resilient, strategic and adaptable

“I found the DiverseCity onBoard program really fantastic in terms of highlighting opportunities and connecting me.” After working in the UK for a few years, Rani Pooran returned to Canada and needed to rebuild her network. DiverseCity onBoard played a role in helping her do that: “The board appointments I had were really good for …


Does your nonprofit board fall short? You’re not alone

A new survey shows many boards lack the skills and engagement to effectively oversee organizations. In Fall 2014, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, in collaboration with BoardSource and GuideStar, surveyed 924 directors of nonprofit organizations about the composition, structure, and practices of their boards. The survey revealed a significant minority are: unsure of their …


Ratna Omidvar: a fighter for immigration, inclusion and diversity

Published on April 17, 2015 Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail Like many immigrants who ended up in Canada, Ratna Omidvar initially didn’t have an overwhelming drive to choose this country. “I had no intention of coming to Canada,” she said, noting that as a young girl growing up in India, she was most interested …


Waiter, Is That Inclusion in My Soup?

(originally posted on the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) blog) Billed as “A New Recipe to Improve Business Performance” this 2012 report from Australia charts new territory on business performance, re-orienting organizations from their preoccupation with diversity to the equally critical complement of inclusion. Published by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in partnership …


Governance training means never having to say you don’t know what you don’t know

Jini Stolk, Chair of Ontario Nonprofit Network, discusses the importance of governance training. Bringing diversity onto boards is important to enhance the discussion and decision-making for an organization. Ensuring that board members are not only knowledgeable about their communities and the organization, but also about being a board member, is also essential. For Jini, each …


You can’t fulfill your mission if you don’t have diversity in leadership

Scott Haldane, President & CEO of YMCA Canada, reflects on the impact DiverseCity onBoard has had on making their board more effective. YMCA Canada changed their bylaws in order to actively recruit board members from outside of the YMCA network. Four new board members have come on board, representing not only Canada’s diversity, but, importantly, …


Lack of care results in company directors jailed, corporation fined

The duty of care is a principal duty of board directors and for which they may be held personally responsible for non-compliance. In the case below two corporate directors were charged with failing as directors of New Mex Canada Inc. to take reasonable care that the corporation complied with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. …


Program seeks to increase diversity on boards

Published on February 27, 2015 Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International A Toronto-based program has successfully increased the number of visible minorities on boards of public institutions, agencies and not-for-profits and will soon share its expertise with organizations in other Canadian cities. Close to one half of Toronto residents are visible minorities but that is not …


Fighting for more diversity at the top: Hepburn

Published on February 25, 2015 Bob Hepburn, Toronto Star Unique Toronto program to recruit minorities for governance boards goes national “We have to see more diversity at our decision-making tables,” Toronto Mayor John Tory admitted this week at an event showcasing a small program that identifies, trains and helps place talented ethnic and minority candidates …


Program aims for greater ethnic diversity on boards

Published on February 25, 2015 Joe Friesen, Globe and Mail This week Ms. Omidvar announced the national launch of a program aimed to break down the barriers of the old-boy network by identifying, training and selecting qualified board candidates who are also either immigrants or members of a visible minority group. “Public institutions that are …

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