✦ Diana Burke immigrated to Canada from Jamaica over 40 years ago, the ﬁrst of a
large and successful family of new Canadians who developed a passion for their
adopted country: a strong, free, tolerant and welcoming home.
✦ Diana is a visionary technology pioneer with invaluable skills and experience.
As a senior executive of Royal Bank Financial Group worldwide (Chief
Information Security Ofﬁcer, in her last position), she foresaw the advent of a
cashless society and played a leadership role in building the complex, fast and
secure networks we have all subsequently come to take for granted.
✦ Because of her unique background and talents, Microsoft named her to its
global advisory body on information security. In a world increasingly operating
through cyber-networks and threatened by cyber-terrorism, these knowledge and
skill sets have become invaluable.
✦ Diana is a hard-working and charismatic person whose ability to attract and
manage large numbers of volunteers and employees is well-established—both in
business and in community endeavours. These traits transfer well to electoral
politics. She also has a bachelors degree in history from Queens University.
✦ Diana’s many community and charitable commitments are diverse and
remarkable. One of her favourite projects has resulted in early childhood
computer learning through “Tech de Bus”, a school bus equipped with
computers, an electrical generator and a satellite dish which moves among the
remote mountain villages of Jamaica. She is the recipient of the Tony Coelho
Award and many other distinctions. She was President of the International Women’s
Forum – Toronto Chapter a global organization of outstanding women
leaders, and was instrumental in leading the largest fundraiser for their
2010 conference which attracted over 800 attendees and was hosted in Montreal.
✦ Diana enjoys ﬁnancial independence and is committed to devoting herself full-time
to nomination and election campaigns and understanding the community needs.
She is aware of the nature and scale of the challenge and is ready and willing to
undertake whatever it requires to succeed.