Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – Odgers Berndtson has announced the appointment of Jane Griffith to National Diversity Leader for the firm’s Canadian operations. Solidifying its commitment to national and global diversity initiatives, Odgers Berndtson is looking to increase its impact on supporting the development of diverse candidates as they move up the ladder, while continuing to work closely with clients to meet their diversity needs and objectives.

Having joined the firm earlier this year as a Partner in the Education and Public Sector practices, Ms. Griffith is an active advocate for diversity in the workplace. She is currently on the Canadian steering committee of the 30% Club – a global initiative aimed at achieving better gender balance at the board level. Ms. Griffith is also an advisory board member of Informed Opinions and is the founder of The Council of Women Executives.

“You cannot be in the talent business today and not be focused on the importance of diversity,” said Carl Lovas, Canadian Chairman at Odgers Berndtson. “We have seen firsthand how a diverse mix of talent, opinion, judgement and experience enables organizations to challenge existing thinking and come up with more innovative solutions. This can help organizations gain a real competitive advantage. That’s why we’re excited about taking our diversity efforts to the next level under Jane’s leadership and guidance.”

Demonstrating a strong track record in supporting diversity initiatives, Odgers Berndtson is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) and has been an active supporter of the CBDC’s efforts to increase the number of diverse Board members in Canada. The firm also prides itself on its track record of recruiting diverse candidates into senior roles. In 2016, more than 45 per cent of the senior executives placed by Odgers Berndtson were women – up from 36 per cent in 2015.

Building on all of this, Odgers Berndtson has also identified regional diversity leaders across the country including partners Elaine Grotefeld (Vancouver), Greg Pocherewny (Calgary), Rosario Maria Astuvilca (Toronto), Michael Williams (Ottawa) and Nathalie Francisci (Montreal).

“Everyone is focused on the importance of attracting more diverse candidates to boards today,” said Ms. Griffith. “And while we agree this is critical, we also see a real opportunity to look at how we can develop the pipeline by supporting women and other diverse candidates to move up into the C-suite roles that will help prepare them for board positions. In essence, we want to focus on those high-potential candidates who we believe are the future leaders of our country and we are working to develop a plan to help us achieve this goal.”

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