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Creating a better world depends on our ability to embrace and fully leverage our diversity.

For Jad Shimaly, CEO and Chairman of EY Canada, creating meaningful community change starts with creating equal and inclusive opportunities for everyone.

“Creating a better world depends on our ability to embrace and fully leverage our diversity,” he says. “And gender equity is a critical step to collectively creating more value for our communities and future generations.

This dedication to gender equity is what motivated Jad to invest $100,000 per year for three years in United Way’s Women’s Impact Fund. As a father of two girls, and a champion of workplace inclusiveness, it’s an investment that he hopes will pay dividends in community for years to come.

“I’m proud to see the overall dedication and progress United Way is making when it comes to helping people and families thrive, and I was happy to contribute to the success of the fund,” adds Jad, who is also EY Canada’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer.

His work at EY has reinforced the importance —both in the workplace and across the GTA— of building a strong culture of belonging where people feel heard, respected and valued. Jad believes this work is going to become even more critical during, and after, the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has highlighted and, in some cases, exacerbated many of the existing inequalities faced by people across the GTA. Helping to ensure the current crisis doesn’t evolve from a health pandemic into a poverty pandemic, including preventing deepening inequality, is important to Jad. When he and his wife moved to Toronto 19 years ago, they recognized that the diversity and openness of the city made it a very special place. Now, more than ever, Jad is determined to ensure everyone in his community has the same chance to thrive.

“I believe in the vision of United Way and strongly support its approach to tackling some of the greatest challenges facing our community,” says Jad. “I hope to help them fund solutions that will make Toronto a great place for as many people as possible.”