We partner with innovative companies to help them navigate through the unmapped territory of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Founded in 2014, we support innovative companies to embed diversity and inclusion into the core of their business.
Using an evidence-based research approach, paired with industry experience, we support our clients to design better products and processes, to deliver exceptional services, and to build company cultures where employees thrive and feel they belong.
Our team of consists of researchers, consultants, data analysts, facilitators, and inclusive designers and we have worked with clients in Canada, U.S.A., China, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Vietnam, including tech start-ups, government, academic institutions, and corporations.
We know this work is challenging and that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution, but we persist because we desire to challenge the status quo.
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 on-demand advising services to executives, HR and people managers, leaders of employee resource groups, and diversity and inclusion leaders to support them with questions and concerns relating to diversity and inclusion within their organization.
We advise companies (often product and marketing teams) to ensure that their product and service offerings meet the needs of a diverse and inclusive market.
We also support organizations in the inclusive design of conferences and public-facing events.
We work with people at all stages of the learning journey - from executive leaders through to the junior staff. 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, Allyship, and Inclusive Leadership. 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. To accommodate a range of needs, we also offer one-on-one coaching, group workshops, and keynotes addresses.
Our core team is supported by a broader team of researchers, consultants, inclusive designers, and data scientists.
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. Thereport can be accessed here.
“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
Work With Us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. If you would like to join our team, we want to hear from you!