Founder and CEO
Pronouns: he, him, his
Michael Bach is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and the CEO of CCDI Consulting. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, bringing a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his work.
He is the author of two best-selling books on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. His first book, Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right was released in August 2020, and is a Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Amazon best-seller. Birds also received the 2020 Silver Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment. His second book, Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work was released in March 2022, and is a Toronto Star best-seller.
Previously, he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada, a role he created and held for 7 years. Additionally, Michael completed a 2½-year secondment as the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.
Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named as one of the Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity champions. In 2011, he was honoured as the Diversity Champion with the Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader award. He also received the Women of Influence’s 2011 Canadian Diversity Champions award, the 2011 Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year, and the 2011 Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award.
Michael received the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement award as part of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (TRIEC’s) fourth annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards. Additionally, in 2009, Michael was honoured as one of the winners of the KPMG CEO Community Excellent Award for his contribution to community.
Under Michael’s leadership, CCDI Consulting has received numerous awards, including the Canadian HR Reporter's Readers' Choice Award in the category of Diversity/Employment Equity Consultant in all the years the award has been given out (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022).
Michael has a Post Graduate Certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and also holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.