The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project is to increase the attraction, retention and advancement of women, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people of colour, newcomers to Canada, and individuals who identify as LGBTQIAS+ in addition to all under-represented groups in skilled occupations in B.C.’s technology sector.
This project, which began in June 2019, has implemented several pilot diversity, inclusion and indigenization strategies to recruit, retain and support career development in these professions.
Four Strategic Initiatives Implemented:
- Build and Deliver Diversity and Inclusion Training.
- Develop, Curate, and Host an online Resource HUB with active support.
- Benchmark & Report on current Diversity and Inclusion levels.
- Develop awareness promotion and attraction campaign.
- Increase tech industry awareness of the need for and benefits from a diverse and inclusive workforce;
- Increase capability of individual companies to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce;
- Measure and reinforce progress on diversity and inclusion practices;
- Increase tech industry talent pool and continue development of its diversity; and,
- Increase tech industry activity on reconciliation commitments and increase opportunities with Indigenous peoples through efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.
PROJECT PRESS RELEASES:
November 2021: HR Tech Group Releases 2021 Diversity in Tech Dashboard - Report highlights continued need for diversity in sector, with an emphasis on executive roles. Read the press release here: November 10, 2021 (NEWSWIRE)
April 2021: D&I Tech Project Funding Extension - HR Tech Group Well-Positioned to Drive Further Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Within British Columbia’s Tech Sector. Read the press release here:Vancouver, BC, April 07, 2021 (BUSINESS WIRE)Diversity in Tech Benchmarking
February 2021: Diversity in Tech Benchmarking - HR Tech Group's inaugural diversity in tech dashboard survey is poised to reshape BC tech industry benchmarking. Read the press release here: Vancouver, BC, Feb 3, 2021 (BUSINESS WIRE)
August 2020: D&I Resource HUB - HR Tech Group announces a D&I Resource HUB, providing access to more than 300 best-in-class Diversity and Inclusion resources and tools. Read the release here: Vancouver, BC, Aug 25, 2020 (BUSINESS WIRE)
May 2019: Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project Funding - HR Tech Group is thrilled to announce it will receive provincial and industry funding to support our two-year Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project. View the press release here
PREVIOUS PROJECT - January 2018: Diversity and Inclusion - HR Tech Group has managed a provincial government funded program to examine diversity and inclusion in our sector, to report on status, and to make recommendations for improvements.
Click here to read the press release.
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Click here to download the full 2017 report.
Join the DE&I Tech Project Coalition!
Do you want to be connected to the Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project through our DE&I Tech Coalition?
Be the first to hear about available programs and events, volunteer opportunities and resources to make change happen!
Diversity audits were provided to tech companies, surveying the organizations' policies, practices and outcomes, identifying gaps and areas of improvement and providing practical recommendations for implementing strategies and key initiatives to improve practices, evolve culture and foster buy-in at every level of the organization.
Contact Veza Global to inquire about a Diversity Audit for your firm.
Click on the above links to learn more. Join our DE&I Tech Coalition to hear about future offerings of these in-depth training programs.
Project Funding and Governance
We are thrilled to have received provincial and industry funding to support this multi-year Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project.
The Governance Committee provides strategic direction, steers and integrates the work of the project, is responsible for final results and will assist in driving future recommendations.
The Governance Committee Members are:
- Bryan Buggey, Director, Vancouver Economic Commission
- Lauren Kelly, Director of Sector Transformation, First Nations Technology Council
- Micaela Evans, Marketing and Communications Specialist, The Presidents Group / Accessibility BC
- Patrick MacKenzie, CEO, Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia
- Shivam Kishore, Manager Technology and Partnerships, Vancouver Economic Commission
- Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO, TAP Network
- Susannah Machelak, Senior Program Manager, Sector Partnerships, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (ex-officio)
- Tara Kemes, General Manager Cinesite and Board Member QMUNITY
- Tina Strehlke, CEO, Minerva
Senior Consultant and Project Manager for the D&I Tech Project: Kathy Gibson, President Catchy Consulting Inc.
Do you want to view the Project Charter? Click here!
We want to thank our generous industry sponsors!
We are very grateful to the following organizations for providing additional financial support to expand the reach of this project.