About bci

Our Story

bhasin consulting inc. (bci) was founded in 2010 by Ritu Bhasin, after having spent ten years in the legal profession, first practicing law and then as an HR executive at a prominent global law firm. Having had a front row seat to the challenges related to creating inclusive workplaces, Ritu knew there was a need for a new type of DEI consultant — one driven by the values of authenticity, belonging and intersectionality and with a commitment to real change. She decided to launch her own DEI consulting firm, and bci was born!

Close up of Ritu Bhasin in 2014 presenting a keynote speech on a conference room

Since then, Ritu has won numerous awards for her work in creating impactful change and bci has become a global leader in providing DEI programming and advisory services. We have now worked with hundreds of renowned organizations across industries, and our team continues to expand their depth of expertise across DEI topics. We are committed to pushing the envelope and creating meaningful change within organizations. We are particularly known for our in-depth work with senior leadership teams, empowering professionals from equity-seeking communities, our inspiring and thought-provoking keynotes, and highly practical strategic advisory guidance.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We provide customized strategic guidance on how to launch your DEI strategy or take it to the next level
  • We deliver targeted DEI programming for senior leadership teams
  • We’re known for our in-depth empowerment and leadership programming for equity-seeking communities
  • We’re unparalleled in our excellence in delivering keynotes for large events and retreats
  • We’ve developed niche content and expertise in a range of DEI areas

Our Values

2
4
1
5

Excellence

We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work and infusing excellence into every aspect of our business

Innovation

We are always learning and developing cutting-edge DEI frameworks and concepts for our clients

Disruption

We strive to break down the institutional, structural and systemic barriers that prevent the creation of inclusive workplaces

Authenticity

We are fierce advocates for authenticity, psychological safety, trust and belonging in the workplace

Focus

We don’t believe in “off the shelf” experiences – we customize all of our programming to meet the needs of each client and their teams

Professionalism

We pride ourselves on our reliability, responsiveness and unwavering commitment to our clients and partners

2
4
1

Excellence

We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work and infusing excellence into every aspect of our business

Innovation

We are always learning and developing cutting-edge DEI frameworks and concepts for our clients

Disruption

We strive to break down the institutional, structural and systemic barriers that prevent the creation of inclusive workplaces

5

Authenticity

We are fierce advocates for authenticity, psychological safety, trust and belonging in the workplace

Focus

We don’t believe in “off the shelf” experiences – we customize all of our programming to meet the needs of each client and their teams

Professionalism

We pride ourselves on our reliability, responsiveness and unwavering commitment to our clients and partners

2

Excellence

We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work and infusing excellence into every aspect of our business

4

Innovation

We are always learning and developing cutting-edge DEI frameworks and concepts for our clients

1

Disruption

We strive to break down the institutional, structural and systemic barriers that prevent the creation of inclusive workplaces

Authenticity

We are fierce advocates for authenticity, psychological safety, trust and belonging in the workplace

Focus

We don’t believe in “off the shelf” experiences – we customize all of our programming to meet the needs of each client and their teams

5

Professionalism

We pride ourselves on our reliability, responsiveness and unwavering commitment to our clients and partners

Our Founder

Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, (she/her) is the CEO and Founder of bci. Recognized globally for her DEI and leadership expertise, Ritu has received numerous awards and distinctions for her work.

Ritu Bhasin standing with her arms crossed and smiling on a navy background

Our Team

Dr. Summer Allen

she/her

DEI & Leadership Coach

Dr. Komal Bhasin

she/her

Senior DEI Consultant
Mental Health Expert-in-Residence

Joanna Kirke

she/her

DEI Coach & Speaker

Alyse Runyan

she/her

Director of Operations

Silvia Li

she/her

Client Relations Associate

Ashley Gerling

she/her

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing & Communications

Our Clients

INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRMS

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Paul, Weiss
  • Skadden

GLOBAL BANKS

  • Bank of Montreal
  • National Australia Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Capital One

INSURANCE

  • Manulife
  • RenaissanceRe
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Liberty Mutual

HEALTH CARE

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Pfizer
  • Novo Nordisk
  • CAMH

TECHNOLOGY

  • Salesforce
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Medidata

PUBLIC SECTOR

  • City of Toronto
  • Government of Ontario
  • Employment and Social Development Canada

INVESTMENT FIRMS

  • Summit Rock Advisors
  • Wellington Management
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Research Affiliates

MANUFACTURING

  • Ferrero
  • Labatt
  • Weston Foods
  • BASF

ARTS & MEDIA

  • National Geographic
  • Penguin Random House
  • Scholastic
  • Universal Music Canada

RETAIL

  • Knix
  • Canadian Tire
  • Sephora

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

  • University of Toronto
  • University of Regina
  • Ohio State University

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRMS

  • Accenture
  • LexisNexis
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young

NON-PROFITS, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & UNIONS

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Yoga Alliance
  • United Steelworkers
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Canadian Media Producers Association

AND MORE

Ritu and team really took the time to get to know our organization prior to our workshop, learning about our employees, customers, culture and shareholder impacts, to customize the content, making it both specific and relevant. She created a safe environment, where we felt open to asking questions that we might otherwise have not raised. The bci team has a unique way of impacting both minds and hearts of participants.

Megan Jones

Vice President Card Product Development and Benefits Strategy,
CIBC and Former Vice President Financial Products & Services,
Canadian Tire Financial Services

Komal brought a logical yet compassionate perspective and was spot on in engaging the audience. Our leaders walked away with practical skills that can be applied and shared across their teams. We love working with bci, they always bring an authentic view to important topics.

Mahreen Rashid

Executive Vice President, People Services, Excella Consulting

I continue to feel astounded by the level of insight, influence and impact [bci] consistently delivers – regardless of the organizational culture or leadership team. They’re experts who drive meaningful change, and do so by partnering and listening well to their clients. I cannot recommend bci highly enough.

Michelle Grocholsky

Former Director, Employee Engagement, Communication and Inclusion,
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors