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With the help of a new grant from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Diversity on Board will assist partners in other cities across Canada develop similar programs.
First report to examine and compare diversity in procurement in the GTA and Chicago – Organizations that inject diversity priorities into their procurement practices are diversity leaders. It demonstrates that they understand the social and economic benefits of diversity in the supply chain. What’s more, when large organizations choose to do business with visible minority and immigrant business owners, they are supporting diverse leadership within their networks.
On June 5, Metro Morning host Matt Galloway moderates Diversity 2.0, a discussion with business, arts and civic leaders on inclusion and why, for Toronto to remain a leader, we need to look, sound and think as broadly as the city we are today. The panel will include Zabeen Hirji – Chief HR Officer, RBC; Cameron Bailey – Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival; Peter Sloly – Deputy Chief, Toronto Police Service; and Fiona MacFarlane – Chief Inclusiveness Officer, Ernst & Young.
From The Mark (October 31, 2011): Michael Charles and Hamlin Grange write about the fact that the business case for diversity seems to be lost on Canadian companies. If Canadian civil society, government, and businesses can come to a consensus about what diversity means, what it can achieve, and what it will take to achieve it, we will be better positioned to live up to our national potential, and to more nimbly respond to domestic and global change.
From Canadian Lawyer Magazine (August 8, 2011) – Law firms may be getting “diversity fatigue” when it comes to meeting the requirements set out by the general counsel looking to hire them, but there’s still a lot of work to be done according to a panel of in-house lawyers speaking in Toronto this past weekend.
Toronto, ON, May 22, 2013: A significant majority (79%) of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents sees diverse leadership as having a positive impact on the GTA’s ability to attract investment from other countries. Yet six out of ten GTA residents believe that this representative leadership is lacking in our city. Women are more likely than men to consider this an issue of concern (64% vs. 58%). The findings are in a DiverseCity/Nanos Research report released today, Public Opinion on Diverse GTA Leadership.
If Toronto aspires to be a world-class city, diversity is an important part of the mix, public opinion in a new report suggests. Residents are making a direct connection between diversity and attracting foreign investment, according to a survey by Nik Nanos for DiverseCity that studied public opinion on diversity of leadership in the GTA.
DiverseCity contracted Nanos Research to conduct a first-time public opinion poll of residents in municipalities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on the topic of diversity in leadership.
It’s been five years since the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) and Maytree came together to put the spotlight on leadership diversity. Since then DiverseCity’s six research reports have exposed a critical gap: our leaders – the decision-makers, influencers and role models – do not look like the rest of the city region. Now it’s time to find out what GTA residents think about this issue. On Wednesday, May 22, join DiverseCity at a special anniversary celebration hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto as leading Canadian pollster Nik Nanos shares the findings of the first public opinion survey on leadership diversity.
As we originally conceived of a train-the-trainer program for Building Blocks that would reach hundreds across the Greater Toronto Area with a civic literacy curriculum, Public Interest became a natural partner.
Alan Broadbent opened the conference with some words of reflection and inspiration, reminding us why we do this important work. At the end of the event, Ratna Omidvar summed up the afternoon, noting five key themes that emerged. Read/watch their presentations.
CollaborAction: Building Blocks Learning Exchange is happening on Wednesday! We couldn’t be happier with the interest and excitement. The conference is full. But there are still ways you can participate.
Too many Torontonians believe they can have no impact on their community, let alone their city. We’ve been working to change that. On Wednesday, March 20, Maytree is bringing together community leaders, organizers and those interested in making change where they live for CollaborAction: Building Blocks Learning Exchange.