Thursday, June 22, 2017

#HackDiversity Calls On Canada’s Tech Leaders To Foster Diversity And Inclusion In Their Community - BETAKIT

by AMIRA ZUBAIRI 
Originally published: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Betakit.com 

While Canada has a general reputation of embracing innovators and tech leaders from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives, the country’s tech and startup sector continues to express concerns around diversity, inclusion, and equal representation.

To start a meaningful conversation about prioritizing diversity, Toronto-based StackAdapt, a native advertising platform, launched #HackDiversity, an 18-minute documentary that aims to raise awareness about barriers to diversity in the tech sector, and calls for immediate action against unconscious biases within the industry.

To create the documentary, the company spoke with six different leaders from Toronto’s tech startup ecosystem including Jeanette Stock, chair of Venture Out; Heather Payne, CEO of HackerYou; Jaime Woo, engineering communications at Shopify; Elena Armstrong, founder of Exact Media; Ali Asaria, CEO of Tulip Retail, and Salim Teja, EVP of ventures at MaRSDD.