If diversity is our strength, inclusion is our superpower. Michael Bach is a nationally and international recognized thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). As the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), CCDI Consulting, and Pride at Work Canada, Bach brings a vast knowledge of leading practices in creating equitable workplaces in any industry.
With nearly 20 years experience within the IDEA space, Bach has advised thousands of clients on how to do IDEA right. Prior to CCDI, he was the national leader of diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG Canada. Additionally, Bach spent 2.5 years as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.
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 Immigrant Success 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. It also won the Silver 2020 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment and was a finalist in the Legacy non-fiction category for the American Bookfest’s Best Books Awards. His latest book, Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion, is a Toronto Star bestseller and finalist in the general non-fiction category for the American Bookfest’s Best Book Awards.
Bach has a post-graduate certificate in diversity management from Cornell University and holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.