According to the 2016 census, more than 1 in 5 Canadians (about 7.7 million people) are visible minorities and 1.7 million are Indigenous. Our Canadian workforce is diverse, so why then are corporate boards not diverse?
Organizations have grown to appreciate the value of having women on boards and the numbers have been steadily increasing; however, the gains are primarily made by white women. Black, Indigenous and other visible minority women are grossly underrepresented.
We are challenging organizations to make a conscious effort to broaden their talent pool by:
- recognizing that diversity is more than just gender;
- considering that intersectionality brings richness to the boardroom; and
- embracing the business case that diversity of thoughts brings.
We create impact through:
- Professional development: We enhance our members’ skillset through board governance training, webinars, and events. We also provide board readiness assessments.