Great Canadian Exports: Maple Syrup, Hockey and DiverseCity onBoard

Jul 13, 2012 |

by Tina Edan

In December 2011, DiverseCity onBoard drew attention from across the world as it was awarded second prize in the Intercultural Innovation Awards at the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Forum in Doha, Qatar.

Since then, DiverseCity onBoard’s momentum has increased rapidly. Locally, there are over 1,500 qualified individuals from underrepresented visible minority and immigrant communities who are members of the program. Over 600 board vacancies across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have been filled by those individuals. With its new profile, a group of partners from cities around the world have expressed interest in importing the DiverseCity onBoard program. They’re so committed that we have invited them to Toronto to learn more.

On October 1-3, 2012, along with representatives from the UNAOC and the BMW Group, we’re hosting delegates from Copenhagen, Boston, Vienna, Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne, Barcelona, Berlin, Auckland, Dublin, London, Birmingham, Sydney, New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton. They will come together in Toronto to learn more about the initiative, exchange ideas and create a learning community. Our focus will be on cities and what works best to serve the unique needs of each.

“DiverseCity onBoard brings local governance closer to the demographics of people who live in the city”, says DiverseCity Co-Chair Ratna Omidvar. “We have seen incremental change in the GTA and we are excited about the possibilities of sharing this idea with global partners working towards similar goals in civil society.”

The two-and-a-half-day Learning Exchange will highlight Toronto as an exporter of good ideas and a world-leader in diversity management.

It is made possible by the generous support of KPMG, TD Bank, and Hilton Toronto.

Watch Cathy Winter, DiverseCity onBoard Manager, as she received the award at the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Forum in Doha, Qatar:

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