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Hyundai Canada's Don Romano honoured with WXN 2023 Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) Award

Hyundai Canada's Don Romano honoured with WXN 2023 Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) Award

Canada NewsWire

  • Hyundai Canada's president and CEO, Don Romano, wins Ally of Excellence Award
  • First and only automotive industry leader to be recognized by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) for the CEDI Awards

MARKHAM, ON, June 5, 2023 /CNW/ - Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. is honoured to have its president and CEO, Don Romano, recognized by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) through their 2023 Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) Awards. Romano was granted the Ally of Excellence Award for being an impactful leader and for his contribution toward making Canada a more equitable, diverse and inclusive country, both in his workplace and community. The event took place at the Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Awards on June 1st, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

Romano has been a catalyst for change within the automotive industry though championing causes that support underrepresented and equity-deserving groups. Under Romano's leadership, seven women have been put into senior roles at Hyundai Auto Canada since 2021. He is the first and only automotive industry leader to be recognized by WXN's (Women's Executive Network) for his leadership efforts in making this industry sector a more inclusive space that is representative of the diverse Canadian market.

Applying Hyundai's global vision of 'progress for humanity' to all business and community projects, Romano is a strong supporter of 360ºkids, an organization offering programming for at-risk and unhoused youth. In 2022 and 2023, Romano and senior Hyundai Auto Canada leaders spent the night on the streets to raise awareness for 360ºkids.

With the understanding major transformation requires several tangible initiatives, Don Romano has established a number of projects to foster a more inclusive automotive industry. Romano was the first CEO in the automotive industry to sign the BlackNorth Initiative's CEO Pledge. Under his leadership, Hyundai Canada has repeatedly won Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work, not to mention being among the Top 50 Best Workplaces in Canada for the six consecutive years. Romano provided the executive support needed to launch Empowering Auto, a federally registered not-for-profit organization separate from Hyundai that hosts an annual conference, with the aim of raising professional profiles and create networking and mentoring opportunities to help recruit and retain women to the automotive industry.

"While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is also important to acknowledge the strides taken to have a true inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone feels welcome and accepted," says Don Romano, president and CEO at Hyundai Canada. "This award is an honourable recognition and is owed to the collective effort by our team members at Hyundai, who strive to make our corporate vision come to life and truly embody our DEI policies and practices. We will continue to learn, listen and take measures that support and welcome employees and customers from all walks of life into the Hyundai community."

Don Romano was among the 15 leaders honoured by WXN for their work and championship of equity, diversity and inclusion within their organizations, communities and workplaces.

About Hyundai Auto Canada

Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, was the first subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company outside of Korea. Hyundai offers Canadian consumers a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles. Today, with over 250 dealerships across Canada, Hyundai is the official automotive partner of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) in Canada. Hyundai has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Best Workplaces™ in Canada for the last six years by the Great Place to Work® Institute.

Media Contacts:

Jenn McCarthy

National Manager, Public Relations

Hyundai Auto Canada

(416) 770-0842                                                 

Mohga Hassib

Analyst, Public Relations

Hyundai Auto Canada

(416) 434-9833

About WXN

WXN (Women's Executive Network), a member-based organization, is North America's #1 and only organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of professional women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs. WXN operates in Canada and the U.S.

For media inquiries please contact: Garry Atkinson, Research & Analytics Manager, WXN

SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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