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Work with the Diversity Institute

The Business Case for Diversity

The research is clear: Diverse organizations are better able to succeed in increasingly diverse markets.

For more than 20 years, the Diversity Institute has been working with private sector companies, government, and not-for-profits to advance diversity and inclusion and address systemic racism in a way that creates lasting change.

Broaden the talent pool and overcome the skills gap

Respond increasingly to diverse markets, which gaining support from diverse investors

Foster innovation, creativity and diverse thought

Mitigate legal and reputational costs

Increase employee satisfaction and reduce turnover

The Ecological Model

Our work takes a systems approach. Our work considers societal factors, such as policy and stereotypes, organizational factors such as governance and human resources as well as individual factors including beliefs, skills and behavior in driving change. Inclusion shapes innovation but we want to harness what we know about innovation to promote inclusion.

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Societal

Organizational

Individual

We recognize that context matters and that organizations are often at different stages in their inclusion journey. We ground our work in an approach which focuses on continuous improvement. Our proprietary, data-driven approach, uses our Diversity Assessment Tool (DAT) to provide an in-depth view of your organization’s practices, processes, and policies benchmarked against global best practice.

We recognize that context matters and that organizations are often at different stages in their inclusion journey. We ground our work in an approach which focuses on continuous improvement. Our proprietary, data-driven approach, uses our Diversity Assessment Tool (DAT) to provide an in-depth view of your organization’s  practices, processes, and policies benchmarked against global best practices. It has been used across sectors including ICT, financial services, education, health care, policing, innovation support services, government agencies, federally regulated organizations, nonprofits, arts and culture and more.

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The Diversity Assessment Tool (DAT)

Our unique approach explores how a diversity and inclusion strategy will support organizational strategy, priorities and performance. Our Diversity Assessment Tool moves beyond human resources to consider all aspects of an organization’s operations.

Governance, Leadership & Strategy

Recruitment, Selection & Promotion

Values & Culture

Measurement & Tracking Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Across the Value Chain

Outreach & Expanding the Pool

Our clients

  • The Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Department of Finance Canada
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)
  • Mitacs
  • Ryerson University
  • Incubate Innovate Inclusion Network of Canada (I-INC)
  • Scarborough Health Network
  • Niagara Health
  • Toronto Region Real Estate Board
  •  Music Canada, ADVANCE (Canada’s Black Music Collective), Women in Music Canada, and the Toronto Arts Foundation
  • Canada’s Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Women and Sport