Friday, July 28, 2017

Closing the gender gap requires commitment of both genders - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Originally published: July 27, 2017

I was recently at a diversity roundtable hosted by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Science where they shared the interesting work of the Australian Human Rights Commission initiative, Male Champions of Change. The coalition of male business leaders works to leverage their influence to increase the number of female business leaders in Australia. This innovative idea struck a chord with me. Closing the gender gap is a critical business issue that impacts everyone and requires the talent and power of us all.

Women represent 25 per cent of the work force in the Canadian tech sector, according to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). Unfortunately, that stat has barely budged in 10 years, despite the continual rally cry from ITAC warning of looming talent shortages in the tech sector. According to the Waterloo, Ont.-based Centre for International Governance Innovation, diversity is good for business. Its study, Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage, revealed a one per cent increase in diversity can deliver a 2.4 per cent increase in revenue.