Governing Amid Social Movements for Black and Indigenous Rights: How Boards Can Take a Stand and Foster Anti-Racism in Organizational Culture

January 20, 2021 12:30pm

Teresa Woo-Paw
Canadian Race Relations Foundation (Toronto, ON)

Melanie Debassige, MBA, ICD.D
Board Director and Chair, Governance Committee
Canada Energy Regulator (Calgary, AB)
Board Director and Chair, First Nations Committee
Ontario Clean Water Agency (Toronto, ON)

Ruth Goba

Ruth Goba
Former Executive Director
Black Legal Action Centre (Toronto, ON)

In the past year, movements like Black Lives Matter and growing demands for more equitable social policies have set new expectations for boards and managers. Being governmentowned, crown corporations are especially susceptible to scrutiny over their position on these matters, which have moved to the top of corporate agendas. This session will address challenges and strategies for setting an appropriate tone from the top.

  • Educating boards and building capacity to effectively engage with BIPOC issues
  • Demonstrating commitment to dismantling forces of exclusion
  • Providing oversight of the crown’s engagement with stakeholder groups and the public at large