The 50-30 Challenge


Collège Boréal has been designated as a hub for the 50-30 Challenge initiative of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The result of a collaboration between the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses and organizations working for diversity, this initiative aims to encourage participants to increase the representation of diverse groups within their workplaces. Our team is spread across our campuses in Toronto, Windsor and Sudbury.

The 50-30 Challenge invites organizations to set two goals regarding the composition of their boards of directors or senior management teams: first, achieve 50% representation of women or non-binary people, and second, achieve 30% membership from other equity-deserving groups, such as Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Nearly 2,000 Canadian businesses and organizations have committed to the 50-30 Challenge. The Collège Boréal team will play a central role as a resource and guide for participants in this initiative, including offering training, webinars, mentoring and coaching to organizations seeking to promote its objectives. In addition, the College plans to offer free workshops, awareness events and other educational initiatives to equip organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to diversify their teams. All registered participants in the 50-30 Challenge will have access to these services and events.

Daniel Giroux

Daniel Giroux

President of Collège Boréal

“As a college of applied arts and technology in Ontario, continually striving for excellence for our students means first applying it to ourselves. In terms of equity, diversity and inclusion, Collège Boréal must set an example and be a leader in the 50-30 Challenge to ensure not only an increased presence of all groups deserving of equity within its own administration, but above all, to encourage the success of this fairer approach among institutions and businesses across the country.”

About the 50 – 30 Challenge

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses and diversity organizations.

The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplaces, while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table.

The 50 – 30 Challenge asks that organizations aspire to two goals:

  1. Gender parity (50% women and/or non-binary people) on Canadian boards and/or in senior management; and
  2. Significant representation (30%) on Canadian boards and/or senior management of members of other equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Racialized, Black, and/or People of colour (“Visible Minorities”), People with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples. The program and participants recognize Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, as founding Peoples of Canada and underrepresented in positions of economic influence and leadership.

Our Team:

Mariette Kalinga, DEI Certified, Windsor, ON
Project Coordinator, 50-30 Challenge

Aya Rguig, DEI Certified, Toronto, ON
Project Coordinator, 50-30 Challenge.

Kyla Ewemer, Sudbury, ON
Economic Development, recruitment and partnerships.

Nancy Raymond, MBA, DEI Certified, Sudbury, ON
Director, 50-30 Challenge Awareness program.