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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. 




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Research Areas

Diversity and 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.

News + Events

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Dr. Wendy Cukier named one of Women’s Executive Network 2019 Canada's Most Powerful Women

The list of Top 100 Winners was released at the November 21 gala, paying tribute to the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and inspire the next generation of leaders. Dr. Cukier was recognized as one of the top Public Sector Leaders.

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Collaboration formed to enhance Canadian leadership in community and workplace sponsorship of refugees

Building on its globally recognized work on developing and scaling innovative approaches to support refugees, Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute announced today that it will be working with the uOttawa Refugee Hub to expand the reach of its BVOR Fund and Workplace Sponsorship Program to promote the sponsorship of refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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WEKH launches Eastern Regional Hub

The Eastern Ontario Regional Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), external link, external link at Carleton University launched on June 12, 2019 at Impact Hub Ottawa. It was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of close to 100 women entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurship support organizations. 

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