Celebrating four organizations that have embraced diversity at the highest level

TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - On Monday, May 9, Premier Dalton McGuinty will be in attendance as DiverseCity onBoard recognizes the winners of the fourth annual Diversity in Governance Awards for their commitment and innovation in creating inclusive boards of governance. The winners are:

  • Peel Children's Aid (nonprofit board category);
  • The Redwood (small nonprofit board category); and
  • Town of Richmond Hill (public board category).

This year we are also pleased to introduce a new corporate award presented by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, recognizing the TD Bank Group.

2010 Diversity in Governance Awards


  • The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
  • The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada
  • Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree; Co-Chair, DiverseCity
  • Alan Broadbent, Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corp.; Chairman, Maytree
  • Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Canadian Board Diversity Council
  • Paul Zarnke, Executive Director, Peel Children's Aid
  • Dan Labrecque, Board President, Peel Children's Aid
  • Gloria Collier, Deputy Clerk, Town of Richmond Hill
  • David Woodard, Chair, Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Committee, Board of Directors, The Redwood
  • Nira Elgueta, Board Member, Governance & Nominations Committee, The Redwood
  • John M. Thompson, Corporate Director, TD Bank Group 

Monday, May 9, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m.

181 Bay Street, Suite 3500
Bay/Wellington Tower
BCE Place, Toronto

We recognize this year's winners for being well ahead of the curve in embracing diversity at the highest levels of their organizations. They exemplify good practices in building and benefiting from racially and ethnically diverse boards of governance. The four organizations 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.

Research conducted by The Conference Board of Canada in the fall of 2008 linked diverse leadership to greater financial and organizational performance and enhanced innovation and creativity, among other outcomes.

DiverseCity onBoard is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, a joint initiative of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. 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. maytree.com/divcity/onboard/diversity-in-governance-awards

ABOUT MAYTREE: Established in 1982, Maytree promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. The organization has gained recognition for its expertise in developing, testing and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity. www.maytree.com.

ABOUT CANADIAN BOARD DIVERSITY COUNCIL (CBDC): CBDC's goal is to improve the diversity of boards in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Our vision is to increase board representation of women, members of visible minority groups, Aboriginal and First Nations people, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT community over the next five years. CBDC believes that boards comprised of directors who bring a wide range of perspectives, skills and experience to corporate governance will be effective contributors to the performance of their organizations. www.boarddiversity.ca.

ABOUT PEEL CHILDREN'S AID: Peel Children's Aid protects children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families with the support of our Peel community. The agency works with families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. It acts as guardians for children and youth who cannot remain with their families and facilitates a "forever family" through adoption. The best way to deal with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it. If there is a concern - call Children's Aid. They are here to help. www.peelcas.org.

ABOUT THE REDWOOD: Since 1993, The Redwood has been here to help women and children live free from violence. Free from fear. Free from threat. Leaving an abusive situation is one of the toughest things any woman or child has to face. The Redwood provides the emotional, practical and social support that families need to get their lives back on track - and we offer free and confidential services in over 170 different languages. www.theredwood.com.

ABOUT THE TOWN OF RICHMOND HILL: With an engaged population of over 185,000 residents and located just north of Toronto, Ontario, Richmond Hill takes pride in its involvement in recreation, volunteer service, the arts and environmental sustainability. It is through involvement like this that helps make Richmond Hill's vision, "Where people come together to build our community", come to life. The Town of Richmond Hill contains a rich mosaic of cultures, languages and faiths that embraces and celebrates ethnic diversity. It's a friendly, down-to-earth, yet dynamic and active community which has earned Richmond Hill the distinction of being "one of Canada's most attractive communities to live," according to the Conference Board of Canada. Richmond Hill Council and over 625 full-time and 500 part-time staff honour and foster strong partnerships with their citizens and believe strongly in their mission of being committed to providing exceptional public service to our community. To find out more, visit RichmondHill.ca.

ABOUT TD BANK GROUP: The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 19 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Insurance; Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 6 million online customers. TD had CDN$616 billion in assets on January 31, 2011. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

SOURCE Maytree Foundation

For further information:

Media contacts:

Maytree: Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Manager, p: 416-944-2627 x 284, c: 416-271-5654, mselder@maytree.com

Canadian Board Diversity Council: Pamela Jeffery, Founder, 416-361-1475 x 224, pjeffery@boarddiversity.ca

Peel Children's Aid: Lucie Baistrocchi, Director, Communications, 905-363-6131 ext. 1153, lbaistrocchi@peelcas.org

The Redwood: Anne-Marie Gardner, Executive Director, 416-533-9372 ext. 234, amgardner@theredwood.com

Town of Richmond Hill: Carol Moore, APR, Manager, Communication Services, 905-771-2418, cmoore@richmondhill.ca

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