Niagara Health is participating in the federal government’s 50 – 30 Challenge to increase diversity in positions of influence and leadership across our organization.
The goal of the 50 – 30 Challenge is to give all Canadians a seat at the table by improving access for members of equity-deserving groups including: women, racialized persons including Black Canadians, people who identify as gender or sexually diverse, persons living with disabilities and Indigenous peoples.
“Our organization is strongly committed to supporting a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment,” says Bunny Alexander, Chair of the Board of Niagara Health. “Increasing representation of equity-deserving groups at a leadership level is integral to continue building an environment of equity and inclusion for everyone that walks through our doors.”
Niagara Health is one of 12 healthcare organizations across the country that have committed to the 50 – 30 Challenge.
“Our greatest resource is our people, and we value the experiences and perspectives they bring to their work,” says Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO at Niagara Health. “Having a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs is fundamental to providing high-quality, safe care to all members of our community.”
“Congratulations to Niagara Health for joining the 50 – 30 Challenge,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “When the ideas and leaders in our boardrooms reflect the diversity of our communities, Canadians are better served. I look forward to watching this important initiative grow and become the new standard for industries across Canada.”
The 50 – 30 Challenge encourages organizations to achieve two goals:
- Gender parity (50%) on Canadian board(s) and senior management; and
- Significant representation (30%) on Canadian board(s) and in senior management of other underrepresented groups, including racialized persons, people living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities) and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The program and participants recognize that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as founding peoples of Canada are underrepresented in positions of influence and leadership.