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Michael Bach


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Founder & CEO of Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Michael Bach is a dedicated and accomplished global diversity and inclusion professional with expertise in developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives that strengthen the workforce diversity of global organizations.  As Founder & CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), Michael’s mission is to educate Canadians on the value of diversity and inclusion.

Keynote Speeches

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Birds of All Feathers: Diversity is Good Business

Diversity in your organization is a fact. Inclusion is a choice. Michael Bach’s presentations make the business case for diversity and provide the practical steps forward. Your people and your customers all want to be treated as individuals with their own wants and needs.  Create a workplace where people can do their best work; consider gender, culture, abilities among other things. He shows how creating and supporting inclusive workplaces isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do.  

Actioning Diversity and Inclusion in your Organization

You’ve shared your commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in your organization, but do you know how to put it into practice and measure the impact? Michael Bach shares his insights into 3 key areas:

1 – Setting targets and developing a plan to achieve them
2 – Assessing challenges and strategizing how to address them
3 – Providing appropriate resources and money
See his 2020 article here: “Now What?” 

Audience reviews:

  • Birds of All Feathers underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving employee engagement. It offers a holistic approach to diversity, encouraging the reader to see the importance of integrating it into all aspects of an organization, and highlighting its power to drive the bottom line when supported by leadership and principles. - President and CEO, OMERS
  • Birds of All Feathers has become my essential guide to being a better employer. It’s fearless, funny, engaging, refreshingly frank, and full of Bach’s characteristic compassion and humanity. Come for the advice, stay for the stories of what it’s like to work in the inclusion trenches. - National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Michael Bach challenges the notion that diversity and inclusion is no more than just “the right thing to do.” By combining his considerable subject matter knowledge with instructive business cases, Bach has demonstrated how strategically critical it is to drive D&I purposefully in every type of organization. - President and Board Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion
  • Michael Bach is one of the leading architects for diversity and inclusion in North American workplaces. Birds of All Feathers is proof that he is still pushing the discourse forward with practical solutions and tactical guidance for navigating the constantly evolving D&I landscape to superlative strategic success. - Ratna Omidvar, Canadian Senator
  • [Birds of All Feathers] will convince any leader that leveraging D&I fosters greater creativity and innovation—and that there are clear steps you can take to move your organization forward. It is an inspiring call to action, and a practical guide to successful diversity and inclusion. - Co-Founder & CEO, Borrowell
  • [Birds of All Feathers] is a must-have for organizations that want to do D&I the right way. With his friendly and upbeat style, Bach guides readers through complex topics, using real-life examples to illustrate how you can navigate emotionally charged issues and situations. - CEO, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Biography

Michael Bach 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’s encouraging and direct, entertaining and insightful in sharing his insights with audiences across the country. His book, Birds of All Feathers: doing diversity and inclusion right is used as guide for numerous non-profits and fortune 500 companies on how to better understand and practice Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Under his leadership, the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI) – which operates in eighteen cities across Canada and around the world – has received numerous awards for its ongoing support and consultation work, including Canadian HR Reporter’s Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Diversity/Employment Equity Consultant in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Prior to founding CCDI, Michael created and held the role of National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada. He 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 was named 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).

Michael has deep experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, training and development, research, 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 field of diversity and inclusion. 

Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including the 2009 KPMG CEO Community Excellent Award, and the 2010 IS Award Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award. 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, the 2011 Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award, and was named as one of the Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions

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.