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.”

    Laszlo Varsanyi
    Vice President, New Ventures

  • “The B3 Board Matching Program was effective and efficient. The service I received was excellent. Josephine was extremely relatable and supportive throughout the entire process. I would recommend B3 Canada.”

    Eddie McWhirter
    Executive Vice President for Finance
    LGM Financial Services

  • “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 Canada to my colleagues in the nonprofit sector.”

    Roland Osske
    Board Chair
    Immigrant Services Calgary

  • “B3 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.”

    Christine Neff
    Vice President, Project Development

  • “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
    Fair Haven Homes Society

  • “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

  • “We had been looking for some months to add new members to our Board of Directors. We liked working with B3 because of the excellent service they provided and the quality of the applicants we received. I would recommend B3 to my friends in the nonprofit sector.”

    Samantha Fox
    Vice Chair, Board of Directors
    London Youth Advisory Committee

  • “We needed board members and thought B3 could find the professionals we were looking for. B3 made life easy and did the legwork. Their professionalism in finding someone for us was unbelievable and made my workload a lot easier.”

    Sarah Preston
    Nonprofit Staff
    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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  • The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is the provincial network for the approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, with a volunteer base of 300 sector leaders, ONN brings the diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

  • For over 62 years, Propellus has been supporting volunteers and volunteerism within the communities of Calgary. It strongly believes that volunteering is essential to creating and sustaining healthy, supportive and connected communities.

  • The Sustainability Network is a national organization that works with environmental nonprofits to make them more effective and efficient. Their mission is to enrich environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations so that they can help us all achieve sustainability.

  • Founded in 1943, Vantage Point delivers learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned sector leaders, board directors and managers, aimed at advancing not-for-profit leadership.

  • Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. They do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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