In spring 2011, the ICD embarked on a multi-faceted board diversity initiative. Our goal was two-fold: (1) to gain the benefit of our members’ perspectives and experience to determine the importance of this issue; and (2) to inform the ICD’s thinking on what Canadian directors and boards should be doing in relation to board diversity in Canada.
To serve as a catalyst for the dialogue among our members that was to follow, the ICD recorded a panel discussion among five distinguished directors:
  • Dr. Gail Cook-Bennett, Chair of the Board, Manulife Financial
  • Hon. Paule Gauthier, Director, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Stephen Jarislowsky, Co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
  • Dr. Reatha King, former Director, Exxon Mobil; and
  • Brian Levitt, Chair of the Board, TD Bank