Diversity Council.

Empowering the current and next generations to push the boundaries of what's possible.

Our Diversity Council is made up of an influential group of Senior Executives across Canada who represent diverse industries, vocations and who are leading change in respect to equity, diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and communities.

Our Diversity Council includes our Diversity CEOs, Diversity Champions and Proxy Committee Members. In collaboration with our Diversity Council, our goal is to increase the representation of women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community on boards of directors and in senior leadership. Our Diversity Champions and Proxy Members are endorsed by their organizations' CEOs.

Find out how you and your company can become involved in our Diversity Council.

Nominations process

The Diversity Council sponsor the initiatives and support the vetting process for both the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ and the CBDC Diversity 50™ Program. Learn more about these programs here.

Diversity CEOs.

Thank you to our Diversity CEOs who serve as brand ambassadors to our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) mandate for WXN and CBDC. They help our organization impact change in Canada through research, education, advocacy and recognition. With their support, we are creating social impact and positive change in Canadian business and society.

SARA L. AUSTIN

Founder and Lead Director

Children First Canada

Keith Creel

President & CEO

CP

MICHAEL CROTHERS

President & Country Chair,

Shell Canada Ltd

Vice President

Canada Integrated Gas

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

President & Chief Executive Officer

VIA Rail

Victor Dodig

President & CEO

CIBC

Brian Fulton

President & CEO

Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

David Garofalo

President & CEO

Goldcorp Inc

Natasha Koifman

President

NKPR

Laura Lee Langley

Clerk of the Executive Council, Head of the Nova Scotia Executive Council Office

Government of Nova Scotia

Dave E. Leonard

Partner & CEO

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Stephen Letwin

President & CEO

IAMGOLD Corporation

 

Don Lindsay

President & CEO

Teck Resources Ltd

Lisa Lisson

President

FedEx Express Canada

Elio R. Luongo, FCA

Chief Executive Officer & Senior Partner

KPMG LLP

CALVIN mACiNNIS

President & CEO

Coast Capital Savings

Andrew MacLeod

President & COO

Post Media Network Inc.

DAVID mCkAY

President & CEO

RBC - Royal Bank of Canada


Lois Nahirney

President & CEO

dnaPower Inc

Co-Chair of the Top 100 Program

ROB PEABODY

President and CEO

Husky Energy

JANICE PRICE

President, CEO

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

GEETA SANKAPPANAVAR

President & COO

Grafton Asset Management

Diversity Champions.

Our Diversity Champions are positioned as a thought leader in respect to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). EDI is one of the top business issues facing companies around the world. Our Diversity Champions serve as an advisory board member for WXN and CBDC to help our organization impact change in Canada through research, education, advocacy and recognition. Along with providing advice and guidance, the Diversity Champions also support the vetting process for both Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Awards and Diversity 50.

Meet our Diversity Champions.

Gillian Akai

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Postmedia Network Inc

Tracey Arnish

TRACEY ARNISH

Chief Member and Employee Experience Officer

Coast Capital Savings

Virginie Aubert

VP, Marketing

Mercedes-Benz Canada

Sara Austin

Founder & Lead Director

Children First Canada

Carol Banducci

Carol Banducci

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

IAMGOLD Corporation

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Linda Bergeron

VP Ressources Humaines

VIA Rail Canada

Andrea Brecka

Andrea Brecka

GM Retail

Shell Canada Ltd

Nancy Foster

NANCY FOSTER

Senior Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources

Husky Energy

Diedre Heron portrait

Deirdre Heron

Chief Human Resources Officer

BMO Capital Markets

Natasha Koifman portrait

Natasha Koifman

President

NKPR

Laura Lee Langley portrait

Laura Lee Langley

Clerk of the Executive Council, Head of the Nova Scotia Executive Council Office

Government of Nova Scotia

Kathy McGarrigle

Kathy McGarrigle

Executive Consultant

Co-Chair of Diversity 50™ Program

Lois Nahirney

Lois Nahirney

President & CEO

dnaPower Inc

Co-chair of Top 100 Program

Janice Price portrait

Janice Price

President, CEO

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer

KPMG

Chad Rolstad portrait

CHAD ROLSTAD

Vice President Human Resources

CP

Geeta Sankappanavar portrait

GEETA SANKAPPANAVAR

President & COO

Grafton Asset Management

Godyne Sibay

Regional Managing Partner for Ontario

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Pina Starnino

Pina Starnino

Vice President, Operations

FedEx Express Canada

Anna Tudela

Anna Tudela

VP Diversity, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary

Goldcorp Inc

Testimonial.

Pina Starnino Vice President, Operations FedEx Express Canada

Our culture, which embraces diversity at all levels of our organization, has enabled FedEx to be one of the most respected companies and employers in Canada and around the world. Our mission, to ‘connect people with possibilities’, is accomplished every day because of the diversity of our team members. Our unique perspectives and experiences help reinforce a culture of innovation, creativity, and understanding.

Proxy Committee.

Our Proxy Committee members are made up of a select group of executives who are handpicked by our Diversity Champions or Diversity CEOs. Proxy Committee Members serve as a working committee on behalf of our Diversity Champions to evaluate and select our Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award Winners and the CBDC Diversity 50™ candidates. The candidate selection process has required establishing best-in-class criteria, followed by an application process that sees all qualified applicants vetted and scored. 

Meet Our Proxy Committee.

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ZÖE BALDWIN

General Manager Natural Gas Liquids Sales & Operations Canada

Shell Canada Limited

Zara Gray

Zara Gray

Senior Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion

Goldcorp Inc

Tej Singh Hazra portrait

TEJ SINGH HAZRA

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

BMO

April Howe portrait

APRIL HOWE

Executive Director, People & Culture Division, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission

Government of Nova Scotia

Andrew James

ANDREW JAMES

Partner, Audit, Energy & Natural Resources

KPMG

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Eva Kiefer

Chief Financial & Compliance Officer

Grafton Asset Management

Jennifer Laidlaw

Jennifer Laidlaw

Strategic Gender Partnerships

CIBC Capital Markets

Brenda Lazare

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Postmedia Network Inc

Ann-Marie Mcintosh

Managing Director Marketing & Corporate Communications

FedEx Express Canada

Debbie Nagle

Debbie Nagle

Retired Executive

BC Hydro (retired)

Lorna Nimmons

LORNA NIMMONS

Partner, Audit & Chair, Women in Leadership, GVA

KPMG

Wayne Ormond Portrait

Wayne Ormond

Director, Talent Management & Diversity

Husky Energy Inc.

David Sherrard

National Manager, Product Management

Mercedes-Benz Canada

 

Effie Simanikas

Effie Simanikas

VP, Operations Finance and Information Technology

IAMGOLD Corporation

 

Erin Stein

VP, Global Recruitment

RBC - Royal Bank of Canada

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France Toulouse

Directrice, Centre Expertises

VIA Rail Canada

Rory Thompson portrait

Rory Thompson

Manager Diversity & Military Relations

CP

Saroj Vasant

Saroj Vasant

VP, Compliance & AMLATF Risk Management

Coast Capital Savings

BUNMI ADEOYE

Vice President

NKPR

ROSEMARY THOMPSON

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Partners.

Thank you to our corporate partners, members and educational sponsors for their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity
CP logo
Grafton Asset Management logo
BMO logo
Husky Energy
NKPR logo
VIA Rail logo
Royal Bank of Canada
Government of Nova Scotia logo