Friday, September 15, 2017

Don’t let ‘diversity’ be an empty buzzword, Toronto’s strategic initiatives director says - IT BUSINESS CANADA

by Eric Emin Wood
Originally published: September 14, 2017

Before becoming the City of Toronto’s director of strategic initiatives, Siri Agrell served as an urban affairs reporter with the Globe and Mail, and her presentation calling out the tech industry’s lack of diversity during the city’s inaugural Elevate Toronto conference dripped with journalistic candour.

“There are a lot of words that are fun and easy to say without actually doing anything,” she said, standing in front of a projected quote – “I care deeply about diversity in tech” – credited to “pretty much every one in this room.”

“A lot of them are swear words,” Agrell added, to laughter, before citing a frequently-dismissed example dear to many in the tech industry: Innovation.