DEI & Accessibility Thought Leader, Author
Michael Bach is a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. He is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), CCDI Consulting and Pride at Work Canada.
Michael has worked professionally in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility for nearly 20 years, most recently as the founding CEO of CCDI and CCDI Consulting.
Prior to taking on this role, he was the national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG Canada. Additionally, Michael spent 2½ years as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.
Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named:
- Women of Influence’s Canadian Diversity Champions
- Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader
- Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year
- Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award
- Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s IS Award
- Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award
Under Michael’s leadership, CCDI and CCDI Consulting received numerous awards, including winning the Canadian HR Reporter 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 holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.
His 2020 book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right is a Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Amazon best-seller, and recipient of the silver 2020 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment. His new book Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion was released in March of 2022 and is a Toronto Start best-seller.
He lives in Toronto with his husband Mike, and their two fur-babies Sasha and Pepper.