TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Join Maytree on Wednesday, June 19, as we
honour the winners of the 2013 Diversity in Governance Awards for their
commitment and innovation in creating diverse boards of governance.
The winners are:
Blue Hills Child and Family Centre (nonprofit category),
The City of Markham (local government category), and
William Osler Health System (public institution category).
In the corporate board category, the Canadian Board Diversity Council
will present an award to BMO Financial Group.
2013 Diversity in Governance Awards
(Event registration: http://governanceawards2013.eventbrite.ca)
Representative from the Government of Ontario
Emcee: Nil Köksal, Host, CBC News Toronto
Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree; Co-Chair, DiverseCity
Alan Broadbent, Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corp.; Chairman, Maytree
Dana Vocisano, Senior Program Officer, The J.W. McConnell Family
Willa Black, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco - presenting award
on behalf of Canadian Board Diversity Council
Bala Kumar, Board member, Chair, Nominations Committee, Blue Hills Child
and Family Centre
Gervan Fearon, William Osler Health System Board of Directors
Simon Fish, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BMO Financial
Representatives from the City of Markham
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m.
St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre
150 King Street West, 27th Floor
This year's winners are recognized for being well ahead of the curve in
embracing diversity at the highest levels of their organizations. They
understand that since the GTA is one of the most culturally diverse
regions in the world, organizations and institutions should reflect the
people they serve.
Blue Hills Child and Family Centre
The Blue Hills Child and Family Centre has served York Region for over
44 years - an area that now has over one million people from very
diverse backgrounds. To ensure its board of directors reflected and met
the needs of the community, it decided to implement a diversity
recruitment strategy which transformed the board from 13 Caucasian men
and women who were mostly born in Canada to full diversity with
representatives from the local South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, German
and Italian communities. The changes at the board level led to the
adoption of inclusive practices throughout the organization - from
hiring more diverse management and clinical staff to transforming
clinical practices to become more respectful of differences.
The City of Markham
Local government category
The City of Markham is Canada's most diverse community: new immigrants
comprise 58% of the population and visible minorities represent 72%. In
2010, Markham launched a Diversity Action Plan to make city services
more inclusive. This was followed by City Council adopting a new Board
& Committee Appointment policy to ensure that recruitment was fair and
open to diverse candidates. The policy introduced term limits to foster
regular turnover; a voluntary diversity survey for applicants to board
and committee positions to measure change; and a standardized
orientation program for all members.
William Osler Health System
Public institution category
Having embraced diversity as a foundation for inclusion and equity, and
a key to board renewal, William Osler Health System (Osler) adopted new
recruitment practices that have led to 54% of board members
representing various ethno-cultural communities, while 40% are women.
The principles of inclusion and equity are interwoven throughout
Osler's new Strategic Plan, as is a commitment to patient-inspired and
culturally-sensitive care. This past year, Osler received national
recognition of its diversity initiatives. This included a leading
practice in "Embracing Diverse Practices in Palliative Care" as part of
its Exemplary Accreditation designation. Osler was also named one of
Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2013.
BMO Financial Group
Corporate board category
This year's Corporate Diversity Award honours BMO Financial Group for
its leadership in diversity over the past 20 years. The Canadian Board
Diversity Council believes that boards comprised of directors who bring
a wide range of perspectives, skills and experience to corporate
governance are effective contributors to the performance of their
organizations. BMO's leadership is highlighted by the adoption and
publication of a written board diversity policy articulating clear
diversity criteria and establishing firm targets for board membership.
About DiverseCity onBoard
DiverseCity onBoard is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto
Leadership Project, a joint initiative of Maytree and the Greater
Toronto CivicAction Alliance, funded in part by the government of
Ontario. The project aims to transform the leadership landscape across
the GTA. DiverseCity onBoard connects qualified candidates from
Aboriginal, visible minority and under-represented immigrant
communities to agencies, boards and commissions in the public and
nonprofit sectors. http://diversecitytoronto.ca/get-involved/find-board-members/governance-awards/
SOURCE: Maytree Foundation
For further information:
Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Manager, Maytree, 416-944-2627 x284, email@example.com