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Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community
September 27, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
To win the innovation race, we need diverse talent to shine.
On Elevate Talent Day (Sept. 27, 2018), you’re invited to join MaRS as it launches its report, Tech for All, a sector-wide diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIBs) strategy which shares new research on the state of DIBs in Toronto’s tech sector.
Over the last six months, MaRS has engaged over 100 tech leaders from 50 companies to better explore how organizations are engaging DIBs — and to better understand challenges and opportunities. We’ve also partnered with Fortay and Feminuity to gather the perspectives of 450 tech sector employees through the DIBs Canadian Tech Survey.
Our research shows that while all organizations we spoke to understand the importance of DIBs, many feel unprepared to meet the challenges of engaging with diverse talent. We unpack the perspectives from employees and employers revealing insights into how gender, race, age, leadership position, disability, and sexual orientation impacts DIBs in Toronto’s tech sector.
The end goal is simple: employers must work together to ensure that Toronto’s tech ecosystem is attractive and welcoming to all. This is the only way we will win on the global stage.
To do this, we are launching the Tech for All Agreement, calling upon tech-sector employers to form an Inclusion Council and work together to foster DIBs within their companies and across the sector.
Who should attend
Tech sector leaders and employers looking to better foster DIBs in their companies and across the sector; community agencies and post-secondary institutions working with tech talent; and current employees and job-seekers in the GTA’s tech sector.
- 7:30 a.m.: Guests arrive; open networking
- 8:15 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
- 8:30 a.m.: Review of report findings
- 9:00 a.m.: Expert panel and discussion
- 9:30 a.m.: Next steps and call to action
- 10:00 a.m: Close, Elevate Talent programming begins