Oct 20, 2016


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Bow Valley College officially launches DiverseCity onBoard Calgary

Innovative new program designed to ensure governance boards better reflect the communities they serve

CALGARY - Bow Valley College is very pleased to announce an innovative new program in Calgary designed to attract more diversity to governing boards called DiverseCity onBoard. The College will join our community members to celebrate the launch of the program at an event on October 20, 2016.

In partnership with the National DiverseCity onBoard Initiative, Bow Valley is able to add Calgary to the list of six other cities across Canada where the initiative is currently operating.

DiverseCity onBoard is an internationally-recognized program that was created to connect qualified, pre-screened candidates from visible minority and under-represented communities to volunteer board positions.

"Diverse leadership not only leads to improved decisions and new ideas, it is also a better reflection of the communities they serve. A board that reflects the people that it serves is often seen as being more authentic and more responsive to community needs," said Elza Bruk, Dean of the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement at Bow Valley College.

The program features an intuitive, self-paced, governance training platform that individuals can remotely access anywhere in the world. It also includes a unique board matching service enabling pre-screened, qualified individuals to connect with non-profit boards as well as with agencies, boards and commissions of all three levels of government.

Participants who qualify for the program also have access to continuous learning and networking opportunities, in addition to supplementary training opportunities and in-person events. Those not qualifying for the program can take the DiverseCity onBoard Bow Valley College continuing education course.

As part of the celebrations of diversity in Canada, entertainment during the launch event was provided by Grammy Award nominee, Felipe Alberto and Co.

For more information, go to DiverseCity onBoard, Calgary.

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