Diversity is a Fact – Inclusion is a Choice

What starts as a building quickly turns into a community. If the doors are too narrow, some are left on the outside looking in. As an association, as an industry and as a country, it is time to intensify our efforts and ensure that our doors are wide open to everyone.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” There is a change happening, not just in Canada but around the world, that matters deeply.

BOMA Canada embraces our profound responsibility not only to promote true diversity and meaningful inclusion but also to stand with those who have been affected by racism and with them to foster true change.

The commercial real estate industry wants to take a stand

Our goal is to provide industry members with the ability to build stronger, more diverse teams that reflect the communities in which they do business. And in doing so, we aim to empower their team to advance common goals, their business and their communities in general.

Inclusion is the key to unlocking the potential of our businesses and our people. It’s time to capitalize on our differences and build a more prosperous and equitable Canada for all.

Our Goal

To create a program that allows BOMA members and BOMA Canada to:

Our Challenge

To identify the people who will benefit most from industry change, those who can actively drive the change, and the tools that will be required:


BOMEX 2020 Virtual – Equity Diversity & Inclusion: Societal Changes and Commercial Real Estate

Speakers: Shakil Choudhury, Anima Leadership

Speakers: Kim Buksa, City of Vancouver; Garrett Wiseman, FirstOnSite

Description: Understanding how procurement can be used as a tool and opportunity to be more equitable be redistributing wealth within the community.

Speakers: Amy Vuong, Colliers International; Michael Bansil, GWLRA; Shakil Choudhury, Anima Leadership; Susan Lovie, Oxford Properties

Description: BOMA Canada will present polling results from Shakil Choudhury’s Pre-Summit presentation on Deep Diversity in conversation with industry leaders and Shakil Choudhury himself.

Speakers: Jeffrey Kadianda, GWLRA; Jerome Bilodeau, Government of Canada; Christine Babkine, Ivanhoe Cambridge 

Description: The demand for equity, diversity and inclusion in both society and the workplace grows stronger every day. This French session brings 3 CRE representatives together to weigh in on the urgent need for diversity and inclusion, what existing barriers we must dismantle and efforts to consider implementing in your organization to facilitate an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment. Tune into their conversation today and let us continue the conversation together as an industry. 

Moderator: Bala Gnanam, BOMA Toronto

Speakers: Fariche Alleyne; Luis Urra, Oxford Properties; Michelle Kim, Awaken; Sarah Neville, Open Line Communications

Description: Equity, diversity and inclusion is not just a hot topic on social media, it’s happening in every boardroom across every industry. But where do we start? It begins with looking at ourselves, looking at our hidden dislikes and things we’re uncomfortable – they are called unconscious biases. This session will draw on the experience of two experts in the field of unconscious bias and panelist who work or have worked in commercial real estate to discuss what it is and what steps have to take to do make change.  Understanding that you rarely feel inclusion and equity at the company level, it’s experienced at the team level. Everyday interactions must come with respect, equity and fairness. And for some of us, this is a learned skill.

Speakers: Aiden Callison, HCMA; Laura Malley, Triovest; Marco Pasqua, Marco Pasqua Enterprises

Description: Creating accessible buildings for all people, regardless of physical ability goes beyond minimum code requirements can be challenging. This session will help building owners and managers dispel concerns by discussing how meaningful access can be achieved through no additional costs.

Council Members

Amy Vuong

Colliers International

Carmen Klein

Cadillac Fairview

Luis Urra

Oxford Properties 

Susan Lovie

Oxford Properties 

Bowen Fu

EPIC Investment Services 

Shavar Sergeant


Ruth Talbot

Natural Resources Canada 

Katie Ungard


Michael Bansil


Kerris Hougardy

Colliers International

Linda Mariotti

PSPC Canada

Marie-Louise Gidaro

Global Affairs Canada

Nandini Srikantiah

PSPC Canada

Kerry Goodfellow

Global Affairs Canada

Ashley Dagenais

Global Affairs Canada

Jérôme Bilodeau

Natural Resources Canda

Tom Falls


Krista Lachelt


Fariche Alleyne

Sheela Ramesh

EPIC Investment services

Benjamin Shinewald

BOMA Canada

Suhaila Cappuccino

BOMA Canada



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