Founder, Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion | Bestselling Author
If diversity is our strength, inclusion is our superpower. Michael Bach is recognized nationally and internationally as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. As the founder and chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), with more than 30 years of experience working in the area of LGBTQ2+ inclusion, Bach brings a vast knowledge of leading practices in creating equitable workplaces in any industry.
Prior to CCDI, Bach was the national director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at KPMG Canada, a role he created and held for seven years. He also completed a 2.5 year secondment as deputy chief diversity officer for KPMG International. Today, under Bach’s leadership, CCDI has received numerous awards, including the Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Diversity/Employment Equity Consultant every year since its creation in 2016.
Over the course of his career, Bach has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named one of Women of Influence’s Canadian Diversity Champions and a Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader. He has also been the recipient of the Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year, Out on Bay Street’s “Leaders to be Proud of” LGBT Advocate Workplace Award, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s IS Award, and the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award.
A bestselling author, Bach’s first book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right is a Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Amazon bestseller and was also the recipient of the Silver 2020 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment. His new book Alphabet Soup: The Quintessential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion will be released in early 2022.
Bach has a post-graduate certificate in diversity management from Cornell University and holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.