New paper finds fuzzy definitions for board diversity

Nearly all of the biggest companies are interpreting diversity as having a varied background or experiences, instead of gender, race or age, according to Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Aaron A. Dhir, a visiting professor at Yale Law School, who analyzed the proxy statements of the Standard & Poor stock index of 100 companies. “The companies,” said Dhir in The New York Times Oct. 20, “most frequently define diversity with reference to a director’s prior experience or other non identity-based factors rather than his or her socio-demographic characteristics.” Read full story.

Greg Sorbara to launch autobiography Oct. 30
Former Ontario finance minister Greg Sorbara will launch his new autobiography Thursday, Oct. 30, at York University, reported the North York Mirror Oct. 21. Read full story.

Trent ranks fourth in category for research in Re$earch Infosource rankings
Trent tied for first place with York University for “highest research impact” by universities without schools of medicine or engineering in a national innovation survey released by Re$earch Infosource, reported The Peterborough Examiner Oct. 21. Read full story.

Gryphon soccer men to host 2016 national championship tourney
The University of Guelph has been named the hosts of the 2016 Canadian university men’s soccer championship tournament, reported the Guelph Mercury Oct. 21…. York University is to host the 2015 tournament. Read full story.

Dance work L’Implorante inspired by sculptors’ doomed romance
L’Implorante (The Implorer), an imaginatively theatrical made-in-Canada riff on the Rodin-Claudel affair that has its mainstage Toronto premiere this week, was first presented more than three years ago as a work-in-progress at York University’s Glendon College and has since been restaged twice in Ottawa. This revival is an evolution from the original that includes substantial revisions and refinements. The roughly 50-minute work is a co-production of Toronto companies Théâtre La Tangente and BoucharDanse. Read full story.