TAP Network’s DE&I Tech project identifies the need to increase diversity, inclusion and reconciliation in Canada’s tech sector

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The basic resources of the project are available to companies that fill the representation gaps

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tech Project, created by the Tech and People Network (TAP Network), has engaged more than 600 business leaders who have chosen to receive updates and participate in learning and sharing opportunities through its DE&I Coalition participated in training programs for more than 180 technology sector leaders in 11 cohorts and saw the completion of six highly successful projects set up to support the attraction, retention and advancement of equity populations in BC’s technology sector.

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The pilot, launched in 2019 with funding from the British Columbia Department of Education and Training’s sectoral labor market partnership program, was created to fill a critical gap in Canada’s tech ecosystem and to support employers with the knowledge and tools to becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

“TAP Network is proud to have played such an important role in creating much-needed tools, resources and most importantly, change in the technology sector,” said Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO of TAP Network. “As a result of the work we have led over the past three years, we now have a detailed benchmark of diversity within the sector and have identified profound gaps in representation, particularly for indigenous peoples and people with disabilities. The need for continued education and programs to bridge these gaps is clear and the community response has been incredible. We now have essential resources to support employers across the country and look forward to taking the next steps to expand the program nationwide.”

The following programs and resources are available online to help companies advance the recruitment, retention, and career development of women, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people of color, newcomers to Canada, and individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQQIA+ in the technology sector:

Every initiative enabled by the DE&I Tech Project has made a powerful contribution to increasing our sector’s collective ability to develop diverse and inclusive workplaces,” said Amanda Mallow, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sophos, a member of TAP’s DE&I Coalition network. “DE&I’s measurement and benchmarking resources made our own implementation seamless and the initiative itself provided us with insights we would not have found otherwise. TAP Network has done an incredible job of raising awareness of the need for this work in the industry and they have laid a strong foundation for future advances. While tremendous progress has been made, there remains an urgent need to increase the diversity of our talent pool and build on commitments and opportunities related to diversity and compatibility in the industry. We hope that with the existing framework and tools now available from the TAP Network, more organizations will commit to and build on their own diversity, equity and inclusion journeys.”

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TAP Network will continue a number of project initiatives to advance the equity, diversity and inclusion of Canada’s tech sector through 2022 and beyond, thanks to the generous contributions of sustainability sponsors: Innovate BC, Northeastern University, Black Women Business Network, Bananatag, Tableau, Sophos, Sierra Wireless and VIATEC.

Via the TAP network

TAP Network is a non-profit association for people and culture professionals in Canada’s technology sector, providing members with access to technology sector data, industry experts and an inclusive peer community to drive innovation, collaboration and results. Through programs and events, the TAP network encourages peer-to-peer connections and collaboration that enable learning and knowledge sharing. The association’s more than 750 members guide and influence people and culture practices in over 200 technology companies spanning numerous sub-sectors including ICT, VFX and animation, interactive and digital entertainment, cleantech, AI, life sciences and more.

To learn more about opportunities to get involved with the DE&I Tech Project, please contact Kathy Gibson at [email protected]

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Stephanie Hollingshead
Tech and People Network
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