DiverseCity Counts 3

DC Counts3

In 2011, A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA focused on Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Richmond Hill and found that 14.5% of leaders in the GTA were visible minorities (relative to 49.5% of the population studied), which is an overall increase of eight percent from 13.4 per cent in 2009.

The study also shows that year after year government agencies, boards and commissions (22%) and the education sector (20%) have consistently out-performed other sectors. Elected officials are the third most diverse group of leaders at 19% and the corporate sector has remained the least diverse at 4.2%.

This report also took a unique look at the legal sector. Lawyers and judges are important decision makers who shape the laws that act as a foundation for a democratic society. In addition, lawyers often become leaders in other areas, such as in elected office – in fact, 73 per cent of Canadian Prime Ministers were practising lawyers.

The study finds that just 6.8 per cent of leaders (judges, governing bodies and law school leaders and law partners and crown attorneys) in the GTA legal sector are visible minorities compared to 14.4 per cent of a talent pool of practising visible minority lawyers in the GTA. While 6.6 per cent of partners at the biggest law firms are visible minorities, 8.3 per cent of judges are visible minorities.


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DiverseCity Counts Report – Summaries

  • Executive Summary
  • Conclusions and Implications

DiverseCity Counts Report – by sectors

  • Elected Officials
  • Public Sector Leaders
  • Corporate Sector Leaders
  • Voluntary Sector Leaders
  • Education Sector Leaders
  • Provincial and Municipal Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
  • Observations and New Findings
  • Diverse Leadership in the Legal Sector


June 7

  • Globe and Mail: Visible minorities still vastly under-represented in corporate Toronto leadership
  • Globe and Mail: Study finds diversity lacking in Toronto law firms
  • Globe and Mail: Editorial: For more diversity in the legal profession
  • Toronto Star: Visible minorities progress at “snail’s pace” in leadership
  • Digital Journal: Report: Few minorities among Toronto are legal leaders

June 8

  • Canadian HR Reporter: More visible minorities in GTA leadership: Study
  • Recruitment Diversity: New report shows that diversity is lacking within leadership teams of Canadian Law Firms
  • IASK.ca: 大多地区一半人口为有色族裔 各行业领袖仅为14.5% (Chinese coverage)

June 10

  • The Weekly Voice: More Visible Minorities in GTA Leadership: Study

June 13

  • The Lawyers Weekly: Diversity still a challenge from law firms
  • Law Times: Survey shows diversity gap

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