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With the help of a new grant from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, DiverseCity onBoard will assist partners in other cities across Canada develop similar programs.
Since its launch in 2007, DiverseCity onBoard has recruited, trained, and facilitated placement of more than 600 diverse leaders on nonprofit and public boards across the Greater Toronto Area. Today, there are over 600 organizations registered with DiverseCity onBoard and 1,500 individuals are part of its roster, ready and able to serve.
In 2011 DiverseCity onBoard received second prize in the Intercultural Innovation Awards sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. This award has resulted in interest in replicating this idea around the world. We’re currently working with 19 cities, including six across Canada.
While Canada’s urban centres have become increasingly diverse, there is still a lack of diversity in leadership positions. The grant from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is an important step in bridging that gap by taking the DiverseCity onBoard program across the country.
The seed funding The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is providing to our Canadian partners will allow them to establish their own local DiverseCity onBoard program. It will also facilitate the creation of a central office to provide support, advice, training, and coordination to these Canadian partners.