Clerk’s Table on Diversity and Inclusion
Message from the Clerk
The Public Service of Canada is committed to delivering the highest quality of services to and for Canadians in every region of this country. In order to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians, it is important that we, as an organization, reflect Canada’s rich diversity.
Canada has evolved as a multicultural country over the last 150 years, and the Public Service must evolve with it. That is why I am committed to building a public service that reflects our diverse population. It is also important to ensure that the diverse views and interests of Canadians are taken into account when we develop policies, programs, services and initiatives.
With this goal in mind, I have established the Clerk’s Table on Diversity and Inclusion to discuss and provide advice on this issue and others facing the Public Service. I invite you to explore this webpage to learn more about the group’s mandate, And the important work they are doing. You will also find links to many valuable resources on diversity and inclusion.
The Clerk’s Table on Diversity and Inclusion will serve as an informal advisory forum to bring together external experts from a broad range of sectors to provide advice on improving diversity and inclusion that could be useful for the Public Service. More specifically, the Table will provide external advice and views on: how to foster diversity and inclusion at all levels; how to institute a culture of inclusion that is embedded in the Public Service’s practices, processes and systems; and how to measure diversity and inclusion and their impacts on the organization.
Former Deputy Minister of the Executive Council, Alberta
Richard Dicerni has held a number of executive positions across the federal and provincial governments including Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, and Deputy Minister of Education and Training in the Ontario Public Service. In 1996, he was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Newspaper Association. In 1998 he became Senior Vice President at Ontario Power Generation, a company that he led between 2003 and 2005. He rejoined the Canadian Government as Deputy Minister of Industry where he served from 2006 to 2012. In 2014 he became the Deputy Minister of Executive Council (and head of the Public Service) in Alberta, a position he held for 18 months.
President and CEO of Indspire and Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario. She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. In 2015, Roberta was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Founder of the We Movement
Craig Kielburger is a humanitarian, activist and social entrepreneur who co-founded a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called Free the Children’s WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization.
Dr. Indira Samarasekera
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones Vancouver
Indira Samarasekera was recently the 12th president of the University of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Ceylon, Sri Lanka, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, as a Hayes Fulbright Scholar, and a Doctor of Philosophy in metallurgical engineering from the University of British Columbia. Serving the community in a wider capacity, Indira sits on the Boards of Directors of Scotiabank, Magna International, and TransCanada, and has served as a member of Industry Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council and as Chair of the World Universities Network (WUN). She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service from 2007 to 2010.
As President and CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community-based credit union, Tamara Vrooman has brought international recognition to its values-based banking model. Her achievements include leading Vancity to become the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and one of the first mainstream financial institutions to launch an alternative to predatory payday loans for its members. Tamara is Chair of the Board of Directors of Vancity Community Investment Bank, Canada’s first Schedule 1 community investment bank focused exclusively on triple bottom line – social, environmental and economic – outcomes. She also lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children, with a particular focus on equality, inclusion and empowerment. Tamara co-chairs the Province of BC’s Presidents Group, an advisory council of business leaders working to develop meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Prior to joining Vancity, Tamara served as Deputy Minister of Finance for British Columbia, overseeing the government's annual $100 billion borrowing and cash requirements and developing the government's $36 billion fiscal plan. Her prior portfolio was as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health.
Founder of AccessNow
Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur. From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility. Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a mobile app that maps the accessibility of places worldwide. In 2016, Maayan received the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada Resilient Entrepreneur Award and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities. She also sits on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master's degree in Digital Media at Ryerson University, Toronto.
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