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There are more than 170,000 not-for-profit organizations in Canada, many of which are headquartered in our urban centres. All are governed by boards of directors, drawn from members of the public. In addition, municipal, provincial and federal governments appoint thousands of citizens to serve the public good on their many agencies, boards, and commissions. However, a disconnect remains between who sits on these boards and the demographic make-up of the population.

Canadian communities, particularly in large urban centres, are becoming hyper-diverse, reflecting a diversity of ethnicity, countries of origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and ability. There are more than 1.4 million Aboriginal/Indigenous People of Canada. Yet, while our cities and urban regions are becoming increasingly diverse and are home to many of Canada’s Indigenous population, the leadership of our not-for-profit sector is not a reflection of our demographic reality.

DiverseCity onBoard directly addresses this challenge with a board matching service that identifies, trains and facilitates the placement of qualified individuals in governance roles on not-for-profit organizations and public agencies, boards, and commissions. We provide affordable online governance training that is available to everyone, anywhere, including individuals who are not part of our matching program.

Our Services:

Individuals

Governance training for anyone, anywhere, interested in acquiring board governance training.

Board matching for individuals who belong to at least one of the groups under-represented in governance and who are interested in serving as directors of a not-for-profit organization or agency of the municipal, provincial, or federal government.

Organizations

Governance training and board matching for not-for-profit organizations and public agencies, boards and commissions looking for qualified candidates and who have an interest in embedding principles of inclusion and diversity into their governance processes, policies, and approaches.

Businesses

Governance training for businesses looking to provide professional development opportunities for their employees.

News & Events

08
Aug

New Research Shows Consistent Diversity Gap on Canadian Boards 

Recent research on the state of diversity and inclusion on boards in several Canadian cities shows a consistent gap...
03
Aug

DiverseCity onBoard Launches in Windsor-Essex County

On July 11th, the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) and local partner United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County...
03
Aug

Advancing Inclusive Leadership In Healthcare

In 2013, researchers examining diversity in senior healthcare leadership positions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) found that while...
03
Aug

Term Limits for Board Directors - A Do or Don’t?

“Should there be a limit on the number of years an individual may serve on a board?” In this...

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