Driving social innovation across sectors
The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies, and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success. Our action-oriented, evidence-based approach is advancing knowledge of the complex barriers faced by underrepresented groups, leading practices to effect change, and producing concrete results.
In partnership with Ryerson University, the Diversity Institute seeks opportunities to gain a deep knowledge of economic and technology trends, gender and diversity analysis through rigorous mixed methods of research and evaluation, coupled with skills training-from essential skills through to advanced technology skills.
In close to 20 years of existence the Diversity Institute has made a real impact and had concrete results, including groundbreaking research, innovative programming to address emerging challenges in real time, and policy advocacy to effect legislative change. Our DiversityLeads project, which tracked and benchmarked diversity in boards and senior leadership across sectors over a five-year period broke new ground in creating the first Canadian data set of its kind and establishing a methodology now considered best practice.