We partner with innovative companies to help them navigate through the unmapped territory of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Founded in 2014, we support companies to embed diversity and inclusion into the core of their business.
Combining an evidence-based research approach with industry experience, we help our clients design better products and services, and build company cultures where employees feel they belong.
Our team of researchers, consultants, data analysts, facilitators, and inclusive designers understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to this work, so we support our clients and help them build sustainable internal capabilities.
We have worked with clients in Canada, the U.S.A., China, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Vietnam, including tech start-ups, government, academic institutions, and corporations.
We conduct assessments to identify areas of bias, inequity, and cultural challenges within companies.
Our evidence-based research approach includes survey data collection and qualitative interviews to start. We synthesize the data and learnings from the survey and interviews and from there, we explore many aspects of an organization, from their company and people processes, to their overall company offerings, to their communications, policies, and working space, as well as their existing diversity and inclusion efforts.
After we conduct our assessment, we synthesize our clients' data and learnings and provide a detailed report of our findings as well as strategic recommendations for our clients.
Data shows that regardless of where you are as an organization, whether as a pre-revenue start-up or an established brand, organizations that embed diversity and inclusion into the core of their business stand to innovate, grow, and outperform the competition.
We partner with our clients to design a strategic roadmap that touches on all relevant aspects of the business, from HR policies and recruitment processes to external communications.
We draw on our team of researchers, consultants, and inclusive designers to develop a strategic roadmap that can be implemented in a sustainable way.
We offer a “Decentralized Chief Diversity Officer” advising model, wherein we provide education and resources to employees to build internal organizational capacity, and to ensure the sustainability of these efforts.
We also offer advising services to executives, HR, people managers, employee resource groups, and diversity & inclusion leaders to support them in their work, such as inclusive design for conferences and events and ensuring the company's products and services meet the needs of a diverse and global market.
We come to this work from a place of compassion and empathy; we understand that becoming socially conscious is a challenging and continuous process.
We offer customized content on a range of topics including, but not limited to Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, and Belonging. We also help clients to understand and discuss current news and navigate difficult conversations within their organization, including sexual harassment in the workplace.
All of our content is action-oriented, grounded in decades of research, and demonstrates our extensive industry experience. We also offer one-on-one coaching, group workshops, and keynotes addresses.
Our core team is supported by a broader team of researchers, consultants, facilitators, inclusive designers, and data scientists. We're working to build a community of practitioners from across Canada to service our growing client roster.
Read our latest report to learn about why we think that belonging is crucial to an organization's diversity and inclusion strategy.
The Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto's Innovation Community report is the first of its kind, exploring diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs) in Toronto’s tech sector. We're proud that the DIBs Canadian Tech Survey that we developed with our partners at Fortay was used to collect the quantitative data. Check out the report here.
Our Co-Founder and CEO is pleased to have supported the incredible team at Women in Tech World as an Editorial Advisor on "Canada's Gender Equity Roadmap: A Study of Women in Tech." To date, this research is the most extensive qualitative data set on the experiences of Canadian women in tech. Read the report here.
Our Co-Founder Dr. Andrea Rowe has published the first comparative case study on Gender and Innovation Policy in Canada and Sweden in the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. The report can be accessed here.
Yahoo Canada's Open Concept, hosted by Noel Hulsman, is a series about the entrepreneurs and innovators making a difference today. Dr. Sarah Saska discusses diversity and inclusion and the future of Canadian tech.
In a segment about Google's recent global walk-out, our Co-Founder and CEO speaks on CBC's The National about harassment in Canadian tech.
“Whether it’s running a thought-provoking workshop, leading the charge for inclusion internally, championing diversity in venture capital firms or many other worthy initiatives, these diversity and inclusion influencers have inspired us.”
“Diversity can only be our strength if we design for it deliberately and intentionally. What are you doing at your organization?.”
“Understanding our unconscious biases is more important than ever before because organizations are made up of individuals each carrying their own biases. These biases are manifested in an organization’s structures, systems, and processes.”
"Gender is one of many dimensions of diversity it must consider. If we aren't clear on the words and ideas that we’re using, how will we be clear on the solutions?" - Dr. Sarah Saska
"So, instead of asking whether it is unfair to have Pride, it is more useful to ask how we can all do better to bring us to a point where Pride is no longer a necessity, and simply a cause for celebration." - Dr. Sarah Saska
"So, Canada, let’s move the conversations around diversity in tech from mere water cooler talk to become part of the water supply. It is up to us to lead the way because diversity can be Canada’s strength if, and only if, we design it deliberately and intentionally."
"If there’s any industry poised to come up with radical, innovative solutions to a pressing social issue, it’s tech. And if there’s a country to figure out how to work together and shape a future that benefits everyone, it’s Canada."
“I knew that I never wanted to become a professor, that I wanted to leverage research into the real world." - Dr. Sarah Saska
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Interested in learning more about the work we've done with our clients? Want to see how we can support your organization? Get in touch at email@example.com.
We are also in the process of building a team of dedicated professionals who are led by a desire to challenge the status quo and a love for people and possibilities.