Canada Diversity

We Need Gender Parity On Corporate Boards Because It's 2015

Pamela Jeffery | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Pamela Jeffery

Canadian companies have the potential to become more competitive if their boards are comprised of directors who are the most qualified in a greatly-expanded pool of potential directors. But to do this, we need increase the pace of change to achieve board diversity and gender parity.

Remember That Diversity Is Our Strength

Shelley Carroll | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Shelley Carroll

Differences are what enrich our lives and make Toronto the fabulous, unique, successful city it is. Xenophobia (a fear or hatred of strangers and foreigners) has no place in a city built upon these differences. It threatens the very core of who we as Torontonians are. It is also what motivated the horrific and unacceptable attack in which a woman was beaten and robbed by two young men. They tore off her hijab and told her to "Go back to your country."

We All Have A Say In The Future Of Ontario's Culture Strategy

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

In a world where a two-way exchange between government and citizen is the goal, it's encouraging when we see it actually happening. Since September, there have been a number of calls for insights from citizens. The end goal is to create the first ever comprehensive culture strategy for the province of Ontario.

Canadian Teen Tackles Body Diversity In Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Style

"Books have such a huge influence on people."

5 Ways You Can Foster A Discrimination-Free Workplace

Tom Turpin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our diversity and acceptance and, while things have come a long way in a short period of time and progress continues to be made, the survey results show that more needs to be done. As employers, we have an opportunity to pay attention, learn and be better.

Remembrance Day Connects Canadians Of All Cultures

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Growing up as a South Asian, second-generation Canadian in suburban Montreal, I remember standing in the school auditorium on Remembrance Day as we'd hear stories from veterans of the Second World war. Doing so was an integral part of our Canadian upbringing in our parent's adopted home.

Let's Honour Canada's Diversity And Remember The Victims Of Colonialism

Yves Engler | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

To honour Canada's diversity, how about this year we remember some of the victims of that empire? Our racist and colonial past, as well as Canada's role in exploiting people of colour all over the world, must also be included in our remembrance if we are to build a nation of respect for all people -- the essence of real diversity.

Justin Trudeau Sets A New Standard For White Male Privilege

Niki Sharma | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

As power and privilege concentrate at the highest offices in our country, little room is left for the unusual suspects. We need white privileged men to play an active role in changing the status quo. Prime Minister Trudeau has, to his credit, accomplished an elusive and noteworthy achievement by using his privilege to bridge the often insurmountable leap between merit and power. He made space for his colleagues who deserve to operate in that exclusive arena.

Trudeau Shows Leadership With Cabinet Picks

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Jay Rosenzweig

From a talent acquisition and recruitment point of view, one thing is quite clear: Justin Trudeau is off to a good start. Over the more than quarter century that I've been vetting and recommending candidates for leadership roles in global companies, I've learned that actions indeed speak louder than words, symbolism matters, diverse points of view should be promoted, and a strong team trumps a strong individual all the time.

Why Cabinet Quotas Are Good For Canada

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

"There are meritorious MPs of all shades, genders and orientations."

Our Differences Strengthen The Sisterhood Of Motherhood

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Forget the mommy wars. Companies pit us against each other and sell more products. Once we realize that mommy wars don't exist and that we are all actually just trying to do whatever works best for us we can focus on talking about our differences and opening ourselves up to what others are doing and have to say.

You Should Care About Diversity in Film and Television

Justin Beach | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada TV
Justin Beach

It is frequently said that Hollywood is "out of new ideas" and the rash of sequels and reboots attest to this. The reality though is that a small subset of a small subset of the global population is running out of new ideas.

Investing In Gender Diversity Yields Strong Returns

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business

When making predictions about economic success, it is impossible to know what the future holds. Yet the corporate investment in women certainly isn't a hedge. Beyond simply a moral obligation towards equal opportunity, there is fiscal value in utilizing a previously undervalued resource.

My Daily Battles as a Black Woman in Customer Service | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living

I've been asked, "Where are you from?" more times at the bank than at any other workplace. The query is almost always followed by an individual's shock of how kind, efficient, or great my service was. In their mind, there's no way a black girl from [insert black country here] can be so nice at customer service.

Don't Wait for Regulators to Diversify Your Corporate Board

Richard Leblanc | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

When a regulator advises a board of corporate directors that progress on gender diversity is "simply not good enough," that is code that the status quo will not continue and that more regulation may result. And the second wave of regulation is often worse than the first.

As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.

Indoor Plants Are Good for Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

All you have to do is bring Mather Nature indoors in the form of plants. For many Canadians, this isn't entirely a new concept. For decades, plants have been brought into the home and office to brighten up the mood and add some colour to an otherwise drab atmosphere. But the benefits are far greater than aesthetics.

White People Do NOT Need Their Own Special Clubs | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Living

On a continent where people of colour have been, and continue to be, terrorized, dehumanized, brutally murdered and denied basic human rights based on the colour of their skin, a grievance white people have not experienced, white people don't need to come together to lend moral and emotional support for their brethren in the same way people of colour do. So knowing that some racist folks are hell bent on creating "safe" spaces to fight the "tyranny" of multiculturalism, I'm left with only one question: If white people are losing in our country, who the hell is winning?

What I Learned From My Summer Job at SHAD 2015

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Although the friends, connections and lessons gained through SHAD stay with you long after the program, it's supposed to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I am one of the lucky few who got a second chance to experience it, albeit through a different perspective.

#FlexinMyComplexion Wants To Bring Darker Skin Tones To Mainstream Media

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Style

Because ALL skin tones are beautiful.

How Far Should We Go to Accommodate Religious Requests?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Last week, a woman travellingon a Porter flight from New York to Toronto was asked to move to another seat to accommodate an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man. The woman was very upset. She said that the man never looked at her nor spoke to her. It may be rare for Porter Airlines, but our public schools, like our airplanes, trains, busses, theatres and other public venues are facing a an increase in such requests.

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

Toon Dreessen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Toon Dreessen

Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture.

Closing the Gap Between Aboriginal Business Leaders and Corporate Canada

Jean Paul Gladu | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jean Paul Gladu

Last week, we hosted the first of two joint Summits in Vancouver between our organizations, The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC). Both Summits focus on board governance, kick starting a critical national dialogue about the merits of strengthening these communication lines between Corporate Canada and aboriginal business leaders.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.