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Canadian cities are among the most diverse regions of the world, with immigrants and visible minorities comprising an increasing share of their population.

There are more than 170,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations in Canada, many of which are headquartered in our urban centres. All are governed by boards of directors, drawn from members of the public. In addition, municipal, provincial and federal governments appoint thousands of citizens to serve the public good on their many agencies, boards and commissions. However, there is a disconnect between who sit on these boards and the increasing diversity of the population.

DiverseCity onBoard will address this disconnect by providing services to:


Any individual, anywhere (inside and outside Canada) interested in acquiring board governance training which is embedded in principles of diversity and inclusion.

Visible minorities and underrepresented immigrants interested in serving as directors on either a nonprofit or charitable board or on agency of the municipal, provincial or federal government.


Nonprofit, charitable organizations as well as public agencies, boards and commissions looking for qualified candidates from visible minority and underrepresented immigrant communities, and a interest in embedding principles of inclusion and diversity into their governance processes, policies and approaches.

News & Events


Western University study finds visible minorities underrepresented in senior leadership positions

Published October 18, 2016 By Jennifer O’Brien, The London Free Press The times may be a-changin’, but London is...

DiverseCity onBoard Matching Program Expands to New Groups

DiverseCity onBoard is pleased to announce a major expansion of its board matching program to include other communities that...

How can we create more welcoming and compassionate societies? Increase diversity in boardrooms says Ratna Omidvar

Pluralism Policies That Work: A call for more radical thinking As part of a cross-section of speakers from the...

Canadians open to quotas to boost indigenous representation in government

Published September 9th, 2016 By Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen The majority of Canadians are open to designating seats for...

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