Michael Bach of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion: 5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society

Alexandra Spirer
Authority Magazine
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13 min readOct 22, 2020

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I believe we’re at a watershed moment when the power elite have woken up and said, “Things must change”. And that’s what we needed. We needed people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos to pay attention and demand change. I mean no disrespect to the great civil rights leaders of today and yesterday but until white Americans — and particularly white men — woke up and got behind the change we needed to see, nothing was going to change. That’s not to say white America is the solution but they need to be part of the solution or George Floyd’s death will be in vain.

As part of our series about ‘5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society’ I had the pleasure to interview Michael Bach.

Michael is internationally recognized as a thought leader in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, and brings a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his work. He is the author of Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, an organization that he founded in 2012 with the mandate of helping to educate Canadians on the value of diversity and inclusion. CCDI operates in eighteen cities across Canada, as well as around the world, helping employers create inclusive workplaces. Under Michael’s leadership, the organization has received numerous awards, including the Canadian HR Reporter’s Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Diversity/Employment Equity Consultant from 2016 to 2019. Prior to founding CCDI, he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada, a role he created and held for seven years. Additionally, Michael completed a two-and-a-half-year secondment as the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International. During

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Alexandra Spirer
Authority Magazine

I am an entrepreneur, publicist, journalist and event producer based in Sunny Florida. My passion is writing & giving back to others.