Past news

  • Big Idea – A more inclusive election in 2014 In September 2012 we ran a Big Idea article called “Who represents you?” in which we took a hard look at the face of elected municipal politicians in Ontario’s urban centres. The verdict? They don’t match the demographics of their communities. Will the 2014 election change things?
  • Moving past diversity: RBC’s journey to rid its upper ranks of ‘unconscious bias’ Diversity is one of those buzz words often tossed around in the corporate world by organizations with an interest in presenting themselves as progressive. Yet, in many cases talk of diversity is just that — talk. RBC may be the exception to the rule.
  • Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion joins forces with Canadian Centre for Diversity The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity (CCD) are pleased to announce that they have entered into joint operating relationship that will see the CCD continue operations. The CCD announced in September that they were ceasing operations due to funding constraints.
  • The Colour of Heathcare The flu season is upon us and you can get more information about it than you can blow your nose at. But when you are in the grips of the flu and you are feeling like the Grim Reaper is rapping at your door, do you care if the people making decisions about your healthcare ...
  • Diversifying the board HERMANN JOSEF ABS liked to joke, “What’s the difference between a doghouse and the supervisory board? The doghouse is for the dog; the supervisory board is for the cat.” For those unfamiliar with the nuances of German humour, “for the cat” is slang for something like “trash”. The late banker would know: while running Deutsche ...
  • Fight for boardroom diversity Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) made news this week with the announcement that the company has amended its nominating and corporate governance committee charter to state that it is “committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which board nominees are chosen.” How magnanimous of ...
  • The gains from diversity A diverse and inclusive workplace is good for business. And according to Eddie Pate, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Avanade Inc., because people want to join diverse organizations, it’s a quality that not only makes institutions like Harvard destination employers, but is also synonymous with excellence.
  • How Diversity Can Drive Innovation Most managers accept that employers benefit from a diverse workforce, but the notion can be hard to prove or quantify, especially when it comes to measuring how diversity affects a firm’s ability to innovate.
  • Release of the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s fourth Annual Report Card Examining the trends in diversity for FP500 boards and the S&P/TSX60 in Canada, this year’s report indicates that Corporate Canada’s overwhelming support for greater board diversity is not bearing results.
  • Percentage of visible minority directors on Canadian corporate boards dropping The number of visible minority directors on corporate boards in Canada is getting smaller, a surprising trend that comes even as more boards add women to improve their gender diversity.