Larry Tomei is a passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion. As a first generation Canadian, Larry knows the challenges faced by newcomers; it was this experience which led to his devotion to promoting D&I. Larry is a strong supporter of empowering women in the workforce. At HSBC Bank Canada, he has achieved a 50% gender balance on his leadership team and has championed three-year gender promotion objectives. Larry created a platform for female leaders to raise their profiles. He often designates women leaders to represent him in business and speaking engagements, and leverages communication channels to promote women as role models for upcoming employees. Larry mentors and sponsors women, ultimately leading to career advancement and transition into more progressive and impactful roles. He hosts “Women Only” exchange sessions to facilitate feedback and identify opportunities for improvement and creating a pipeline of top talent. Larry leads participation in International Women’s Days.