Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in businesses through nonprofit board service.

We are matchmakers between businesses and nonprofits. We match and train employees to serve on nonprofit boards.

We promote diversity & inclusion in businesses through nonprofit board service. Our innovative, high-impact Board Matching Program sharpens employees’ leadership skills and provides them with diverse experiences and ways of thinking crucial for innovation. A clear triple win for businesses, their employees and the nonprofits they serve.

With this hands-on leadership opportunity, your employees develop their talents and diversify their experiences to become dynamic leaders for a changing world.

Together businesses, their employees and nonprofits Build Breakthrough Boards for diverse and inclusive workplaces.



As a force of good, businesses can develop their leaders through diversity and inclusion programs while building stronger communities.

B3 helps businesses achieve this through the Board Matching Program.



As a force of good, nonprofits need to get the right people on their boards.

B3 helps nonprofits achieve this through the Board Matching & Training Program - - - free of charge.



As agents for positive change, professionals want to serve on nonprofit boards.

B3 helps professionals achieve this through the “Leaders on Board” eLearning Program.


B3 Canada Triple Win for businesses, employees and nonprofits

B3: A Triple Win for Society

Businesses, professionals and nonprofits are all forces for good. Together they create inspired leadership.

Together they Build Breakthrough Boards for diverse and inclusive workplaces.

… believe employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is an effective way for employees to gain leadership skills

Source: Harvard Business Review

… who volunteer for boards have a deeper appreciation of the perspectives of people from backgrounds different from their own

Source: Korngold Consulting

… boards experience great difficulty in recruiting highly-qualified volunteer directors to their boards

Source: Deloitte Consulting
  • “I’m excited about this partnership with B3. In my experience, the most successful teams are built when diverse individuals with unique experiences choose to work together with a single purpose.”

    Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada

  • “The quality of the Board Matching Program services I received from B3 was excellent. I liked their personalized service, their online videos and their prompt response times. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Enbridge.”

    Laszlo Varsanyi, Vice President, Enbridge

  • "B3’s board matching services were excellent. The program was effective and efficient. Josephine was extremely relatable and supportive throughout the entire process. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at LGM.”

    Eddie McWhirter, EVP-Finance, LGM Financial Services

  • “Excellent is the rating I give for B3’s services. B3 couldn't have made it easier for me to connect with a non-profit. The online training was fit for purpose and the interviews/questionnaire were instrumental in finding a good fit. I am very happy with my match, which wouldn't have happened without the help of B3. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Shell.”

    Julia Stadnyk, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Canada

  • "The B3 team was very knowledgeable about the working of Boards and areas that would not be known by the more general audience. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Enbridge.”

    Christine Neff, Vice President, Enbridge

  • “I liked B3’s great, very user-friendly online portal interface and excellent non-profit board governance training. They provided access to many non-profits without the need to search for them myself. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Shell.”

    Alex Markos, Production Manager, Shell Canada

  • "The communications we received from B3 was terrific. The candidate was a good match to our organization. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Carlene Chrumka, Executive Director, Janus Academy Society

  • "We registered with B3 to try a new recruitment method. The quality of their services was excellent. They had easy-to-use online tools and were very responsive with their feedback. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Joy Parsons, CEO, Fair Haven Homes Society

  • “B3’s services were excellent. The communication from B3 was outstanding - clear, kind, and very punctual. The process was thorough and laid out clearly, which certainly built trust in not only B3, but in the candidate that was successfully matched with us. I really enjoyed working with B3 and am very excited that we're welcoming a new board member!”

    Joshua Dalledonne, Board President, Calgary Young People's Theatre Society

  • "We had been looking for some months to add new members to our Board of Directors. B3’s services were excellent. We liked working with them because of the quality of applicants we received. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Samantha Fox, Board Chair, London Youth Advisory Council

  • "We were in need of quality board members and were having a hard time connecting with the right individuals.The B3 team was very professional. The candidate was well suited. Communication was easy and the process was efficient. Extremely cost-effective for the organization (there were no costs). I am very happy with their services. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector."

    Bill deJong, Board Director, Janus Academy Society

  • "B3’s service was excellent in matching our busy Board with interested candidates. They got the ball rolling, did what they said they were going to do, and provided a great candidate who accepted a position with our Board. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Roland Osske, Board Chair, Immigrant Services Calgary

  • "B3’s services were excellent. The professionalism in finding someone for us was unbelievable and made my workload a lot easier as B3 did the legwork in finding someone. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Sarah Preston, Gateway Association


News, Events & Inspiration

Diversity and inclusion strengthen Canada. As a country built by immigrants, Canada continues to welcome immigrants from all over the world with open arms. Through diversity and inclusion, we create a sense of genuine belonging and connectedness. Through diversity and inclusion, we build stronger communities and more successful businesses. We build a better Canada.

Shell Canada believes that in a country as large and diverse as Canada, we are stronger, happier and more productive as a community when we respect, value and support one another.

B3 Canada is thrilled that Josephine Yam, our CEO & Co-Founder, was selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners!

This prestigious award is a people’s choice award that celebrates "inspirational immigrants who have contributed to Canada and are helping to make our country a better place to live in”.

"I am so honoured and humbled to receive this award", said Josephine. "It's an amazing validation in support of B3's mission of building a diverse and inclusive Canada".

The Conference Board of Canada

Serving on a nonprofit board involves a serious commitment of time and talent. To be successful as a board director, you need to know the principles of nonprofit governance, the role of the board, the responsibilities of board directors and how an effective board operates.

Join us for this one-hour session (including 15 minutes for Q&A), as lawyer Josephine Victoria Yam walks us through the fundamentals on how to succeed as a nonprofit board director.


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