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18
Nov

Do diversity quotas work? Symbol vs. substance in Canada’s cabinet

Published on November 6, 2015 By Anna Mehler Paperny Global news Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to achieve gender parity in his cabinet made headlines, as did his historically diverse group of ministers — diverse in ethnicity, life experience, ability, sexual orientation, religion. That pledge hit a bit of a snag on Friday when it was revealed that …

24
Jun

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 …

15
May

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 …

8
May

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 …

6
May

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 …

5
May

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, …

10
Apr

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. …

24
Mar

DiverseCity onBoard in Vancouver – bridging two solitudes

Just as our success is based on our amazing candidates, our partners amplify the call for better leadership in local Canadian communities. One of our partners, The Laurier Institution, is leading that change in Vancouver. Executive Director Bill Walters explains why bringing DiverseCity onBoard to Vancouver is so important: “I’ve had the opportunity to meet …

24
Mar

The power of community passion

“When I arrived, my foreign qualifications were not recognized here, and I had to do a lot of work to get recognition. Once I got settled, I wanted to contribute back to the community. But when I wanted to apply, there was no process for those who were foreign qualified.” Ranil Mendis epitomizes the talent …

24
Mar

NFPs Can Teach Corporate Boards a Thing or Two

Corporate leaders add to not-for-profit board effectiveness, but the learning goes both ways. by L. Robin Cardozo COO at SickKids Foundation Boards of not-for-profit organizations frequently carry onerous responsibilities. Hospital boards, for example, make decisions that affect patient safety. Boards of immigrant settlement agencies help maximize opportunities for newcomers and for Canada. And the boards …

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