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.

DR. JODI L. ABBOTT

President & CEO

NorQuest College

SARA L. AUSTIN

Founder and Lead Director

Children First Canada

Mark Bennett

Managing Partner

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Charles Brindamour

CEO

Intact Financial Corporation

SHANNON BYRNE SUSKO

Director

Metronome United

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.

Gary Goldberg

CEO

Newmont Goldcorp

ROY GORI

President and CEO

Manulife

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.

Stacey Madge

President and Country Manager

Visa Canada

KATHY MCGARRIGLE

Executive Consultant

Co-Chair of the Diversity 50™ Program

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

Cliff Proudfoot

Firm Managing Partner

Lawson Lundell

 

GEETA SANKAPPANAVAR

President & COO

Grafton Asset Management

Darryl White

President and CEO

BMO

Peter Zebedee

CEO

LNG Canada

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 portrait

Carol Banducci

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

IAMGOLD Corporation

Gopal Bansal

Gopal Bansal

Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion

RBC

Andrea Brecka portrait

Andrea Brecka

GM Retail

Shell Canada Ltd

Amber Choudhry portrait

Amber Choudhry

Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

CIBC

Nancy Foster

NANCY FOSTER

Senior Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources

Husky Energy

Marian Gayed

Marian Gayed

Vice President Business Development

NorQuest College

Diedre Heron portrait

Deirdre Heron

Chief Human Resources Officer

BMO Capital Markets

Natalie Higgins

Natalie Higgins

Senior Vice President, Atlantic Canada

Intact Insurance

Natasha Koifman portrait

Natasha Koifman

President

NKPR

Cleo Maheux

Cleo Maheux

Growth Catalyst

Cleo Maheux Consultante
Representing Metronome United

Laura Lee Langley portrait

Laura Lee Langley

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

Government of Nova Scotia

Rosalee MacKinnon

Rosalee MacKinnon

Director, Human Resources

Newmont Goldcorp

Valerie Mann

Valerie Mann

Partner, Vancouver

Lawson Lundell LLP

Kathy McGarrigle

Kathy McGarrigle

Executive Consultant

Co-Chair of Diversity 50™ Program

Julie Nadon

Julie Nadon

Consultant - Diversity and Inclusion

VIA Rail Canada

Lois Nahirney

Lois Nahirney

President & CEO

dnaPower Inc

Co-chair of Top 100 Program

Candace Newman

Candace Newman

HR Director

LNG Canada

Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer

KPMG

Chad Rolstad portrait

CHAD ROLSTAD

Vice President Human Resources & Chief Culture Officer

CP

Geeta Sankappanavar portrait

GEETA SANKAPPANAVAR

President & COO

Grafton Asset Management

Jackie Scales

Jackie Scales

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Teck Resources Ltd.

Godyne Sibay

Regional Managing Partner for Ontario

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Pina Starnino

Pina Starnino

Vice President, Operations

FedEx Express Canada

Sandeep Tatla portrait

Sandeep Tatla

Assistant Vice President, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Manulife

Kristin Taylor portrait

Kristin Taylor

Deputy Managing Partner

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Rosemary Thompson

Rosemary Thompson

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Brian Weiner

Brian Weiner

Vice President and Head of Product

Visa Canada

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.

Michelle Bogdon

Michelle Bogdon

Vice President HR, Canada

Shell Canada Ltd.

Damian Byrne

Damian Byrne

President

Alementary Services Ltd.
Representing Metronome United

Tammy Coates

Tammy Coates

Partner, Calgary

Lawson Lundell LLP

Jessica Culp

Jessica Culp

Director, Corporate Communications

Visa Canada

Carole Grenier

Carole Grenier

Senior Advisor, Governmental and Community Relations, Quebec and Atlantic

VIA Rail Canada

April Howe portrait

APRIL HOWE

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

Government of Nova Scotia

Lisa Jamieson

LISA JAMIESON

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Senior Legal Counsel, Regulatory

LNG Canada

Eva Kiefer portrait

Eva Kiefer

Chief Financial & Compliance Officer

Grafton Asset Management

Heather Kitteringham

Heather Kitteringham

Dean, Research and Strategic Enrolment

NorQuest College

Karen Kuzmowich portrait

Karen Kuzmowich

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Manulife

Jennifer Laidlaw

Jennifer Laidlaw

Strategic Gender Partnerships

CIBC Capital Markets

Brenda Lazare

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Postmedia Network Inc

Shannon Leo portrait

Shannon Leo

Director of Professional Resources

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

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

Denise Thompson

Denise Thompson

VP, Human Capital Management

Intact Insurance

Rory Thompson portrait

Rory Thompson

Manager Diversity & Military Relations

CP

Saroj Vasant

Saroj Vasant

VP, Compliance & AMLATF Risk Management

Coast Capital Savings

Partners.

Thank you to our corporate partners, members and educational sponsors for their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity
Grafton Asset Management logo
Lawson Lundell
Metronome United Logo
Royal Bank of Canada
BMO logo
CP logo
Husky Energy
LNG Canada
Newmont Goldcorp
Cassels Brock
Manulife logo
NKPR logo
Intact
NorQuest logo
VIA Rail logo
Government of Nova Scotia logo
VISA