What is our purpose?
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 LGBTQ/2S in addition to all under-represented groups in skilled occupations in B.C.’s technology sector.
This project will implement several pilot diversity, inclusion and indigenization strategies to recruit, retain and support career development in these professions.
4 Strategic Initiatives from June 2019 to May 2021:
- Build and Deliver Diversity and Inclusion Training.
- Develop, Curate, and Host online HUB resources with active support.
- Benchmark & Report on current Diversity and Inclusion levels.
- Develop awareness promotion and attraction campaign.
What are the objectives of this project?
- 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.
Do you want to join the Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project?
Here you’ll be able to provide input, shape, support and amplify our work!
Be the first to hear about available programs, volunteer on a sub-committee and actually make change happen!
Diversity & Inclusion content. You’re going to have free resources available to support you in improving your D&I practices. Now’s the time to collaborate and share! It’s good karma. If you have any templates, checklists, case studies and other useful material please contact us here!
Project Funding and Governance
We are thrilled to be receiving provincial and industry funding to support this two-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
- Micaela Evans, Marketing and Communications Specialist, The Presidents Group / Accessibility BC
- Patrick MacKenzie, CEO, Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia
- Sasha Hobbs, Chief Operating Officer, First Nations Technology Council
- Shivam Kishore, Manager Technology and Partnerships, Vancouver Economic Commission
- Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO, HR Tech Group
- 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
- Trish Kelly, Senior Accessibility Consultant, Strategy and Engagement, The Presidents Group
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.