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Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute (DI) promotes diversity and inclusion as the key to Canada’s competitiveness

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Wendy Cukier, the Diversity Institute has conducted groundbreaking research on diversity and inclusion in Canada, developed impactful programs like the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub, external link, opens in new window, championed legislative change on Bill C-25 and has helped companies understand the opportunities of inclusion and develop tools to harness inclusion as a driver for success.

The DI is leading the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and is a partner in the Future Skills Centre, external link, opens in new window.

The facts speak for themselves, inclusion is good for society and good for the bottom line:

If Canada made workplaces more accessible, it would add $16.8 billion to our GDP, external link, opens in new window by 2030

Investors that focus on companies who have a PDF filegender diversity strategy, external link, opens in new window are rewarded with annual growth rates of 3.5%

Companies with racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely, external link to have higher financial returns

If women were enabled to fully participate in the economy, we would contribute $150 billion to our GDP by 2026, external link

Companies with gender diversity are 15% more likely to have higher financial returns, external link

Research Areas

Diversity & Inclusion

Applying a systems-level ecological model to understanding barriers, making workplaces more inclusive, and promoting diversity in leadership.

Future Skills

Identifying, developing, replicating and scaling inclusive approaches that will strengthen the nation’s skills and training ecosystem.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

A network of academic experts, industry and community leaders, and government and social innovators dedicated to building an inclusive and highly competent workforce.

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