Canadian diversity council announces 2016 candidates for board representation

Diversity 50 aims to match people of different genders, ethnicities and backgrounds with corporate Canadian boards. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

Diversity 50, an initiative spearheaded by the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) to address a lack of board diversity in Canada, has announced their 2016 list of candidates.

Hailing from six provinces across Canada, including Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, the group consists of 42 women, eight men, nine visible minorities, four Aboriginals, three candidates who identify as disabled and one member of the LGBTQ community.

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“The 2016 Diversity 50 list provides a much-needed resource that highlights candidates who have the knowledge, skills and experience to lead in corporate Canada but might not have the visibility or connections to get in front of hiring committees,” Sherri Stevens, owner and CEO of CBDC, said in a statement. “By giving corporate boards the tools they need to locate these successful individuals, we’re allowing organizations to broaden their networks and, in the process, build a win-win situation for Canada as a whole.”

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Since 2012, Diversity 50 has placed 29 candidates in FP500 and Fortune 500 roles on corporate boards, giving Canadian companies a diverse range of experience and perspective, as well as prepping them for global competitiveness.

“I am honoured to be named to the Diversity 50 this year,” said Manjit Minhas, CEO and co-founder of Minhas Breweries and Distillery. “I love that the Diversity 50 promotes an untapped pool of women that have immense knowledge and experiences in so many different industries. Also, the valuable success these women have built for themselves and the companies they lead is an understatement.”

For a complete list of the 2016 candidates, visit the CBDC website.


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