Director, Partner Relations
Loreli Buenaventura is a trusted strategic expert in diversity, inclusion, leadership development and holistic health. For the past 20 years, she has advanced the inclusion goals of leading Canadian organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors at the community, national and global levels. An inspired collaborator, Loreli specializes in inclusive leadership development, change management, innovation and inclusion communications, the latter based on an established early career in media and public relations. A seasoned bilingual speaker, she is recognized for dynamic presentations that have motivated audiences to catalyze for positive change. Loreli holds a Masters degree in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, is certified in Prosci change management, and is a professional coach completing her Accredited Coach Certification by the International Coach Federation through the Adler School.
Loreli joins CCDI after having led and developed all aspects of RBC’s diversity and inclusion strategic objectives and solutions for Canadian Banking’s 50,000+ employees and in partnership with senior executives, Human Resources leaders and their respective leadership teams. Throughout her tenure, she helped launch RBC's CB Women's Forum as well as its Indigenous Group Mentoring Program, and most recently worked with business leaders to integrate inclusion, innovation and diversity of thought as a strategic advantage. Prior to RBC, Loreli was in charge of global leadership development at Scotiabank where she helped create a leadership on-boarding program that remains cornerstone learning for newly appointed Vice Presidents. Earlier in her public relations career, Loreli managed the national visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism on behalf of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and was a key advisor to First Nations leaders in Manitoba and Ontario on issues of Indigenous inclusion. As a freelance writer, her works have appeared in The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and Body and Soul magazine.
Throughout her career, Loreli continually demonstrates her commitment to coaching, mentoring and empowering individuals to realize their full-potential. She is credited for growing The Mentoring Partnership of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) having recruited many of its founding corporate partners while guiding its service delivery partners to achieve a three-fold increase in mentoring matches in its initial birth. Under her leadership, this program received the Canadian Urban Institute Award for City Initiatives for the impact it made to the lives of newcomers to Canada.
Loreli is passionate about holistic health and in aligning individuals to their life purpose. A board member of CAISH, she is one of few practitioners in Canada certified to provide health and lifestyle counseling in Ayurveda – one of the world's oldest medical and healing systems which dates back to India more than 3,000 years. Originally from Winnipeg, Loreli currently resides in Toronto where she also supports the overall health, life and career goals of students and clients alike through her private practice in Yoga, Ayurveda and professional coaching.