Paul Davis named on the Canadian Board Diversity Council's Diversity 50 List  

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December 2016

Canadian Board Diversity Council's Diversity 50 List

On November 17th, 2016, the Canadian Board Diversity Council released its Diversity 50 list. Its criteria: selecting a group of highly-qualified and diverse candidates in search of corporate board roles, which could help Canada’s largest companies source the top-level talent needed to compete globally. We are pleased to announce that Paul Davis, partner and head of the Capital Markets and M&A Group at McMillan, was named on the this year’s Diversity 50 list.

Since 2012, the Diversity 50 list has led to 29 board appointments on FP500 and three Fortune 500 corporate boards, by increasing the visibility of board-ready candidates from a more diverse range of backgrounds and experiences than what is traditionally sourced through a board’s existing network. CBDC describes itself on their website as the leading Canadian organization advancing diversity on Canada's boards in order to help drive increased shareholder value. Here’s what Paul Davis had to say about his Diversity 50 announcement.

What is Diversity 50, in your opinion?

The goal of the Canadian Board Diversity Council is to put forward individuals that are qualified to be directors of public companies so that Boards will ultimately benefit from a more diverse group of individuals. Diversity 50 highlights that there are numerous individuals that are highly qualified to be directors that reflect more the society we live in.  

What does this mean to you?

It’s a honour to be acknowledged as being qualified to be a director of any of the largest companies in Canada.  

Do you think Diversity 50 will inspire others?

I’ve always believed that the more people of colour or women see people like themselves in senior roles in the business community, the easier it is for them to imagine themselves in those roles and to therefore assume those roles.

What impact do you think diversity has on an organization or company?

Success is more easily achieved if you hire the best people for each role. If your focus is on hiring the best people regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender, I believe you stand a better chance of being successful. Also, as the world around us continues to change, it is more important than ever that our organizations reflect the society in which we  live