DiverseCity onBoard

Effective Leadership for Modern Governance

There are more than 170,000 not-for-profit 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, a disconnect remains between who sits on these boards and the demographic make-up of the population.

Canadian communities, particularly in large urban centers, are becoming hyper-diverse, reflecting a diversity of ethnicities, countries of origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and ability. There are more than 1.4 million Aboriginal/Indigenous People of Canada. Yet, while our cities and urban regions are becoming increasingly diverse and are home to many of Canada’s Indigenous population, the leadership of our not-for-profit sector does not reflect our demographic reality.

DiverseCity onBoard directly addresses this challenge with a board matching service that identifies, trains, and facilitates the placement of qualified individuals in governance roles on not-for-profit organizations and public agencies, boards, and commissions. We provide affordable online governance training that is available to everyone, anywhere, including individuals who are not part of our matching program.

Our services:


Governance training for anyone, anywhere, interested in acquiring board governance training to develop the competencies to make an effective contribution on not-for-profit or public boards. Learn more.

Board matching for individuals under-represented in governance and who are interested in serving as directors on a not-for-profit or agency of the municipal, provincial, or federal government. Learn more.


Governance training and board matching for not-for-profit organizations and public agencies, boards, and commissions looking for qualified candidates and who have an interest in embedding principles of inclusion and diversity into their governance processes, policies, and approaches. Learn more.


Governance training for businesses looking to provide professional development opportunities for their employees. Learn more.



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