Surrey Board of Trade Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and Resources

Please read Page 6 of the Surrey Business Newspaper-SPRING 2021

Please read Page 6 of the Surrey Business Newspaper – Winter 2021


Surrey Board of Trade is a member of the Diversity Institute and is also a member of the Federal Government’s 50-30 Challenge, a new initiative to help advance the representation of women and other under-represented groups on boards and in senior management roles.

About the 50 – 30 Challenge

We know there are good reasons to advance diversity and inclusion in order to improve access to skilled talent, diverse markets and innovation, and even to improve organizational performance. Canada’s voluntary 50 – 30 Challenge, aims to advance gender parity (50% women) and increased diversity (30% other under-represented groups) on Boards and in senior leadership roles in organizations of all sizes in both for profit and non-profit sectors. DI is leading a national consultation to build key terms and definitions to support gender parity and diversity and we would value your feedback. Leading business organizations and chambers of commerce from across Canada are among the more than 1200 organizations that have signed onto the challenge. This is your opportunity to learn more and also provide us with advice on how to define terms and the implementation process, particularly in a way that will respond to the needs of small and medium enterprises. We know that you operate in different sectors and contexts which can shape the way in which diversity and inclusion are relevant.

About the consultation

Based on a competitive Request for Proposals, the Diversity Institute has been selected by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED), to lead the national consultation to develop a shared understanding of the terms and definitions contained in the 50 – 30 Challenge. The consultations are aimed at developing a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) which will set out the key terms and definitions to support implementation of the 50 – 30 Challenge. The consultation will provide the opportunity for Canadian organizations and stakeholders familiar with diversity to provide input on the current terminology and processes that inform the 50 – 30 Challenge.

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