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COMMB Announces DEI Committee

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Toronto – COMMB, the Canadian Out-of-Home Marketing and Measurement Bureau, is helping its members make OOH industry nurturing and accessible to workers, customers, vendors and other stakeholders of all races, genders, abilities and persuasions. The bureau today announced its formation of the COMMB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee that will set industry standards and help marketers, outdoor and place-based media owners, and other members create company cultures, environments and activities that are just and open.

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Amanda Dorenberg

“As a progressive association we are committed to assisting our members and the OOH community in fulfilling their pledges to serve all stakeholders,” said COMMB President Amanda Dorenberg. “While more than two-thirds of Canadian organizations say they have acted on diversity and inclusion, only one-third have implemented a formal DEI policy. We are going a step further, empowering this committee to develop an industry-wide framework to help guide organizations on the best practices of implementing DEI.”

COMMB members can receive a variety of services from the DEI Committee:

  • Identification of areas for improvement within the industry
  • Quantification and measurement of DEI goals
  • Analysis of industry data to highlight underserved communities, underrepresented identities, and unrealized career opportunities
  • Implementation and communication of initiatives to correct insufficiencies
  • Development of industry partnerships to support the needs of people with disabilities, women, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community and others adversely impacted by prejudice or inequality.
Mary Ventresca

“Inclusivity in the workplace, in leadership roles, and among suppliers delivers not only social benefits but also makes for better business decisions,” noted Mary Ventresca, vice president of marketing and business development at Pattison Outdoor and co-chair of COMMB’s DEI Committee. “Diversity nourishes a variety of opinions derived from a wealth of experiences, backgrounds, and points of view so organizations can better serve their members and customers. It widens and deepens the talent pool, making work more efficient. And it boosts morale and teamwork, minimizing turnover and saving companies money.”

Nine other members join Ventresca and her co-chair, Paul Gittens, vice president of sales for Allvision, on the committee:

Adrien Sossa

Adomni VP of partnerships

Michelle Jairam

OMD business director

Julie Lal

VENDO senior account exec

Michelle Lam

Stellar Outdoor operations manager

Mike Kamal

Horizon director of business solutions

Shannon Schafer

Mediology director of client strategy

Anna D’Angelo

OUTFRONT marketing director

Kristie Cordwin

Astral sales manager

Rodney Bisnath

COMMB senior manager of data

Michele Erksine

“We are thrilled that the OOH industry has come together for this initiative to drive positive change,” said Michele Erksine, chair of COMMB’s Board of Directors and CEO of OUTFRONT Canada. “It has been wonderful to see such enthusiastic participation from volunteers across many of our COMMB member companies, and we’re looking forward to hearing suggestions from this committee on how the OOH industry can achieve our goals of greater diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace.”

The committee will begin meeting in February with a deep dive into how it can ally with OOH stakeholders to build a more inclusive industry, encourage conversations about equality, celebrate diversity and educate the community on ways they can champion change for a more equitable environment.

COMMB is the national organization for the Canadian out-of-home industry comprised of advertisers, agencies, programmatic tech-stacks and OOH companies. COMMB is responsible for developing and verifying audience measurement methodologies, providing audience data and planning resources, marketing and communications, government relations and member services.

For more information please contact:
Mo Ghoneim | VP Communications, Partnerships & Marketing, COMMB

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