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IBAO on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—Where Are We Now?
Brett Boadway—Chief Operating Officer, IBAO
In 2021, IBAO made diversity, equity and inclusion—or DEI—a focus for our organization. We created an internal DEI Committee which I remain part of, and from that perspective I’m happy to provide an update on our progress thus far.
Firstly, I’m grateful for the broker volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who came forward and offered to participate in our broker-focused DEI Committee. This is an impassioned group of brokerages represented through their different vantage points. To say their suggestions and feedback have been valuable would be an understatement.
We’re inspired by brokerages who are leading the way. I’ve been heartened to see many brokerages celebrate the rich cultures within their organization, recognize key events like Truth and Reconciliation Day and participate in efforts to make our industry better. At IBAO we look forward to recognizing your efforts in the months and years ahead.
WHAT’S BEEN DONE TO DATE
JUNE
  • Sponsored the Women in Insurance Conference
  • Hosted a Panel on the Benefits of Mentorship
JULY
  • Hosted our first DEI Broker Committee Meeting
AUGUST
  • Selected a new HR Vendor to support our internal IBAO team and rebuild foundational tools
  • Hosted a Pandemic Parenting Video Series—free member content from Roo Parenting
SEPTEMBER
  • DEI Broker Committee approved IBAO’s 2022 Strategic DEI Plan
  • Sponsored Dive IN—a festival for diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry
  • Launched IBAO’s Virtual Convention with $50 of every registration supporting the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund; included a panel session titled The Business Case For DEI
  • Hosted a free, two-hour virtual session with John Lagimodiere on Truth and Reconciliation Day
  • Launched a bursary program for RIBO Level II covering the cost of enrollment and textbooks for BIPOC broker members
OCTOBER
  • Announced our sponsorship and support for the newly launched Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals (CABIP)
  • Published this magazine themed around diversity, equity and inclusion
IBAO’s DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION BROKER COMMITTEE
Suzanne Pountney (Chair)—Ontario West Insurance Brokers Trevor MacIntosh—Zensurance Breanne Chapman—McDonagh Insurance Melissa Forward—Canada BrokerLink Tricia McCarthy—Orr Insurance Brokers Jaimie Mulder—Reith & Associates Crystal Underhill—Reith & Associates Dionne Bowers—Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals
WHAT’S NEXT
MEMBER SURVEY An optional survey that aims to get a better sense of the social fabric of IBAO’s Membership base. By which social characteristics do you define yourself? Race? Creed? Gender? Sexuality? Disability? Understanding broker demographics in Ontario will help us bring clarifying data to a complex topic.
EDUCATION As employers and professionals whose job it is to engage and serve the public, watch for a number of education offerings throughout 2022 to align with contemporary scenarios that happen more often than we may realize.
DEI TOOLKIT Sample policies, optional strategies and various templates will be available to help you make strides in your progress.
VOLUME 21 | ISSUE 5
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