We're lucky in Canada to have a Human Rights Code that recognizes the inherent right to fair and equitable treatment, regardless of who we are...well, almost. Gender Identity is still not specified as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Code. Most of us probably haven't given this … [Continue reading] Gender Identity & Human Rights
Mentorship has been around for a long time, but there is a new "ship" on the block! Sponsorship. In light of my recent posts, I thought this would be a good topic for today. Mentorship is about development. Sponsorship is about advancement. While development can lead to advancement, given the … [Continue reading] More than Mentorship
Thanks to the politicians, the debate rages - is it a hand-out or is it increasing access? (and don't get me started on the difference between "foreign workers" a la Tim Hudak and immigrants looking for work). Listening to Q this morning on CBC, I heard an interesting interview with 2 successful … [Continue reading] Incentives for Hiring Immigrants – friend or foe?
I have spent the past 4 days with hundreds of Schulich MBA students. A colleague of mine was running the team building program for them, and I was in charge of the diversity session. It was a great experience, and I couldn't help but notice the diversity (or in some cases, lack thereof) within the … [Continue reading] MBA Diversity
Since the foundation of the work I do is helping people to become aware of the assumptions, stereotypes, and perceptions they carry - and how these (often unconsciously) create barriers for others and between themselves and others - I have to comment on Tim Hudak's use of the term "foreign … [Continue reading] “Foreign Workers” – really Tim?!
On the heels of last week's interview with Anne Golden (CEO of the Conference Board of Canada) on CBC, here are 5 things Anne suggested companies need to do, to make a conscious effort to increase the number of women in senior management. Anne made reference to these as steps CP Rail has taken in … [Continue reading] 5 Ways to Increase the Number of Women in Senior Management
We haven't come as far as we think. Although there are many more women in the workforce than in 1987 when the Conference Board of Canada started their study, the number of women in middle and senior management has flat-lined. Men are still twice as likely to be in management positions as women. … [Continue reading] Women in Management
On Saturday afternoon I joined what seemed like thousands of people outside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto for Jack Layton's funeral. It was so good to be there, surrounded by an energy of hope and togetherness. This feeling, I thought, is what inclusion is all about: working together, sharing, moving … [Continue reading] Diversity & Inclusion à la Jack Layton
Last week I saw a short article in the Metro News about a new at-home gender prediction test that pregnant women (and pregnant trans men) can take at 7 weeks. It is called (no surprise) "Pink or Blue". *sigh* But this post is not about colours. It's about gender versus sex. It's a distinction that … [Continue reading] Gender & Sex – learning the difference
In today's Toronto Star, Ashante Infantry writes about the longest running human rights case in Canadian history (23 years). It has finally been settled, but the plaintiff has not won. Despite the fact that the Ontario Human Rights Commission ruled in his favour 3 times over the past 23 years, the … [Continue reading] The Devastating Impact of Discrimination