Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Michael Bach is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) – a national charitable organization focused on the broad spectrum of diversity within Canada’s workplaces.
Michael is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion and employment equity, bringing a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his work. He has deep experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, research, change management, solution development and execution, employee engagement, data analytics, measurement and diversity scorecards, targeted recruiting strategies, marketing and communications, Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, and diversity related legislation (Employment Equity Act, AODA, etc.) among other skills and experiences related to the field of diversity and inclusion.
Under Michael’s direction, CCDI has grown from inception to a significant and critical voice in the D&I conversation in Canada and globally. The organization now boasts
Prior to taking on this role he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG Canada, a role he created and held for 7 years.
At KPMG Michael was responsible for the overarching diversity strategy for the firm’s operations in Canada, including the development and implementation of all diversity related programs and initiatives. During his tenure, KPMG received several prestigious diversity related awards – including being named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Diversity and one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians. KPMG is the only organization that has won both awards in all five years they have been awarded.
In addition, the firm has been named one of, one of Canada’s Top Family Friendly Employers (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013) and the Top 40 Places Gen Y Wants to Work (2009). Regionally, they have received the Best Workplaces for Diversity as part of the Alberta’s Best Workplaces Award (2010), the Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton Award (2010), and the SFU Nancy McKinstry Leadership in Diversity Award (2010).
Further, Michael completed a 2 and 1⁄2 year secondment as the inaugural Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International. As with his role at KPMG Canada, Michael wrote the business case for the creation of a global D&I group with the objective of supporting local KPMG operations on their respective D&I journeys.
Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including again being named as one of the Women of Influence's 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions. In 2011 he was honoured as the Diversity Champion with the Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader award. He also received the Women of Influence's 2011 Canadian Diversity Champions, the 2011 Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year and the 2011 Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award.
In 2010 Michael was honoured by the Toronto Immigrant Employment Council with the 2010 IS Award Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award. Additionally, in 2009, Michael was honoured as one of the winners of the KPMG CEO Community Excellent Award for his contribution to community.
Michael has a Post Graduate Certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and also holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.