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Diversity & Inclusion

As one of Canada’s most diverse campuses in the heart of Toronto where more than 140 languages are spoken, the Career and Co-op Centre works to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to thrive. That is why we offer an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) consultancy to our employer partners that delivers diversity focused workshops, tailored engagement programs, and consulting on your organization's diversity and inclusion recruitment plan.

See below for a summary of our key EDI programs and services. Interested in learning more?  Contact:

Ian Ingles

Interim Lead, Campus Engagement


Phone: 416-979-5000 x556620


“I am grateful to the staff at the Career and Co-op Centre who have created opportunities for our team to.....connect with such a diverse, talented group of [students] who possess the skills and knowledge we look for in filling specific positions, while also bringing new voices and perspectives to the industry.”

Dean Delpeache, Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition, Fiix Software

Investing in Inclusion, opens in new window is a seminar series on barriers to inclusion and equity in the workplace and what can be done to eliminate them. We aim to support you by sharing industry expertise and innovative solutions to support your organization’s goals to be recognized as inclusive and equitable for all of your employees.

Take a look at our upcoming session as well as our archive of videos from past seminars and webinars.

Date: December 8, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Cost: FREE

 We are partnering with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA), external link to explore an often untapped human resource: Neurodiverse Candidates. 

It is well known that diversifying your employee identity profile has a direct positive impact on your business's bottom line. Hiring neurodiverse candidates impacts your bottom line and offers many other benefits. Whether it is innovation, productivity, or diversity of thought, these candidates add so much to a business but are often overlooked. 

This webinar will feature businesses who have leveraged the potential of Neurodiverse candidates and share how they did it, what they gained from it, and how you can do it too.

Join us for an informative and invigorating discussion about hiring and working with Neurodiverse candidates.

Investing in Inclusion: Exploring Neurodiversity in Employment Agenda

12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

12:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker with Q&A

12:30 p.m.

Featured Organizations with Q&A

Presented by:

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Logo for the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance includes the English and French acronyms, a red maple leaf between them, and a rainbow coloured graphic of people reaching skywards.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We want to provide you with a clearer understanding of how to effectively build your brand on campus and connect with students from equity seeking groups. Dive into what students are looking for from an employer and how they can be onboarded in a virtual environment.

View the recording of the Connecting With Early Talent webinar online, external link.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In light of recent events, which have shone a light on the blatant systemic discrimination faced by the Black community in Canada, Ryerson University is offering a special webinar on Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Workplaces as part of the Investing in Inclusion series.

View the recording of the Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Workplaces webinar online, external link.

Supplier Diversity, external link (Podcast)

There is a growing expectation for companies to grow their diversity and inclusion strategies beyond the walls of the organization and into the community. Supplier diversity looks to broaden an organization's supplier options by looking at smaller businesses led by people from equity-seeking groups. 


Beyond just supporting small businesses within the community, the business case for supplier diversity is strong. Increased revenue, more accurate just-in-time sourcing, enhanced innovation, improved employee and customer satisfaction are just a few of the benefits. 


Investing in inclusion explores how organizations have successfully integrated supplier diversity into their daily practice. Understanding that one major barrier businesses quote, is finding qualified suppliers, we have partnered with WBE, external link, CAMSC , external linkand CGLCC , external linkto help highlight easily accessible sources for diverse small businesses. 

Accessibility and Accommodations, external link

In collaboration with CCRW , external linkand Ready, Willing and Able, external link we dive into a conversation about Accessibility and Accommodations. We will explore what the difference between accessibility and accommodations is, what happens when companies leverage individuals with disabilities and how we create spaces for individuals with disabilities to thrive in. 

Mental Health and Resilience, external link

This session focused on Mental Health and Resilience. Presenters spoke about their organization's approach to supporting employees experiencing challenges with mental health in the workplace, with some panellists infusing their own personal journey with mental health. Strategies suggested focused on individual opportunities to create supportive environments as well as smaller campaigns businesses can employ all the way up to larger corporate strategies. 

International Students and Internationally Trained Professionals, external link

This session looks to help employers learn about best practices when looking to recruit and support International Students and Internationally trained professionals within the workforce. What are the differences, what are the challenges, what is being missed and what should we know about the international student community at large?

With diversity and inclusion as a core tenet at Ryerson, helping to create inclusive work spaces ensures that our students are entering careers they can thrive in. Our offerings are a way for our employer partners to begin a conversation or to support you and your teams to progress further in your knowledge of recruiting and retaining diverse talent.

  • Our suite of training sessions are highlighted here.
  • Sessions can be delivered onsite or at Ryerson.
  • Connect with us about customized training sessions based on your needs.

Our workshops run up to 2 hours in length and are designed to be interactive sessions. These are not lectures, but rather an opportunity to gain deeper understandings of the topics at hand and recognize how they impact your work and daily life. Suggested session sizes are a maximum of 25-30 to allow for healthy dialogue in smaller breakout sessions.

Our training is designed to support all members of an organization, whether senior managers, middle managers or teams. Staff at all levels need to understand their role in creating collaborative, thriving work spaces through adaptive and responsive leadership styles.

Our approach is to work with you to better understand your needs and provide a customized approach to training. Some organizations may need to establish a baseline and common language, while others may be more advanced in their journey. No matter where you are we will work with you to provide the most relevant training.

This session aims to:

❏ Understand how to adapt your leadership style to meet the needs of your workforce

❏ Learn how to utilize your position to create an inclusive workplace

This session aims to:

❏ Identify areas of personal privilege

❏ Understand how privilege impacts work and personal life

❏ Begin a journey of ongoing learning and personal reflection

This session aims to:

❏ Identify respectful language for members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

❏ Determine how to be an effective ally

This session aims to:

❏ Draw attention to personal bias

❏ Reflect on and disrupt patterns of thinking

This session aims to:

❏ Reflect on the business case for ERGs

❏ Support ERG goal development

❏ Ensuring active and engaged ERGs

EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Networking Breakfasts take place ahead of doors opening at a select number of Ryerson's career fairs, providing an opportunity for employers to meet and network with students from diversity employment groups such as LGBTQ+, racialized and Indigenous communities, women in STEM, and persons with disabilities.

Career Builder Program sponsored by Scotiabank promo banner

A three month transformative program done in collaboration with ScotiaBank for students from equity seeking groups--including women, 2SLGBTQ students, students with a visible or invisible disability, racialized students and Indigenous students--who are:

  • Looking for mentorship or exposure to professionals with real world experience.
  • Interested in learning more about what their degree can do for them.
  • Curious about what the workforce is really like.

Career Builder develops students’ professional skills and expands their networks while serving as a pipeline of diverse talent for our host organization.

Interested in co-creating a diversity and inclusion program with us? Contact Jean-Pierre Fernandes.

Watch this participant testimonial video, external link to hear how the program has had an impact on the 2019 participants.

"CareerBuilder was instrumental in helping me develop to a point where I was able to secure my position."

Melinda Kroone, Student Participant