Why diversity and inclusion are essential to social innovation

Why It Matters

A majority of Canadians believe that diversity and inclusion are key factors in what makes Canada’s culture uniquely innovative. In partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation, we look at how three social impact leaders are building Canada’s culture of innovation through inclusion.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need bold, innovative solutions to build back better, and that will take collaboration at every level: individuals, communities and governments. 

The Rideau Hall Foundation’s 2020 Canada’s Culture of Innovation Report asked Canadians what makes for a particularly strong culture of innovation. Respondents ranked diversity and inclusion as the most important factor — and that Canada is particularly strong on this front.  Countless studies confirm this belief, showing that diverse teams are better at problem-solving, have more accurate group-thinking, earn more money — and are more innovative. 

However, for full effect,

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