Tech Companies Still Don't Embrace Diversity. Can This Generation Change That?

To attract and retain top talent, today's companies need to keep inclusivity top of mind

Why It Matters

The world of tech is famously bad at making its workforce diverse and inclusive. But according to diversity, equity, and inclusion expert Cedric Brown, companies that don't step up their policies and culture run a true risk of being passed over by the next generation of innovators.

As we get ready to dive into True North Waterloo next week, where 2,500 people will come together to explore the future of technology and innovation in Canada, it seems important to open up the conversation with one of the most pressing issues the tech community continues to struggle with: diversity and inclusion.

The current state of diversity and inclusion in Canada’s tech world is, to put it mildly, not great. Stats on diversity in the Canadian tech industry are not easily or readily available, a fact that Ryerson’s tech startup accelerator, DMZ, once labelled “a telling problem in itself.” That silence became even more telling when, in 2017, the CBC asked 31

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