EDI Training & Education
TAP Network Tools & Resources
The Tech and People Network (TAP Network, formerly known as the HR Tech Group) launched the Diversity and Inclusion Tech Project in 2019 to increase the attraction, retention, and advancement of women, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, newcomers to Canada, and individuals who identify as LGBTQIAS+. This has resulted in the launching of several pilot programs to bolster diversity, inclusion and Indigenization strategies to support underrepresented groups.
The TAP Network’s Diversity & Inclusion HUB is a leading Canadian tech industry portal for best-in-class D&I resources and tools. Tools include templates and sample communications for tech companies to measure and benchmark the diversity of their staff. There are also checklists, templates, case studies, sample policies, training modules and links to other materials that can be directly implemented.
TAP Network D&I Training
In addition to the D&I resource hub and dashboard, the TAP Network also offers three diversity and inclusion programs specifically designed for tech leaders.
The Inclusive Leadership Program is a 3-day program that provides skills to build a workplace with greater access and opportunity. It is designed for leaders to expand their awareness of D&I issues to challenge their perspectives to make a more productive and inclusive team. As a result, participants will be able to identify their beliefs and biases, explain societal and organizational barriers for underrepresented groups, identify opportunities, and address challenges in organizational systems like recruiting and staff development.
The Inclusive Change Agent Program is a 3-day program with similar goals but is designed for HR and organizational leaders. Participants are required to have 5+ years of HR experience and organizational leadership capacity. In addition to the previously mentioned outcomes, this also adds the ability to design systemic approaches to build D&I practices, access resources to advocate for underrepresented groups, and build a network to leverage tech sector learning.
The Inclusive Organizations Executive Training is a half day program designed for peer-based learning experiences that inspires participants to drive further change. It is targeted towards C-suite executives, founders, and board directors of Canadian tech companies. While there is overlap with the other two programs, there are unique learning outcomes to better understand the C-suite strategic role to improve diversity and inclusion, articulate a compelling diversity and inclusion vision for the organization, identify key strategies and tactics, identify one or more actions, and commit to act.
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization based in BC that seeks to support a thriving Indigenous Innovation Ecosystem, in which Indigenous peoples are empowered with the necessary skills and certifications to thrive in our digital age, Indigenous communities are able to fully utilize technology to advance their visions and the technology sector is actively being shaped by Indigenous voices and perspectives as it responds meaningfully to reconciliation.
As part of the technology council’s sector engagement, it has launched a pilot program called Moving Beyond Inclusion: Partnerships and Reconciliation, of which the five initial participants were SAP Canada, Pagefreezer, Microsoft, and Bench Accounting. Moving Beyond Inclusion is led in partnership with Chastity Davis-Alphonse, Shelley Joseph, and Reciprocal Consulting, and supports companies to address barriers that prevent Indigenous persons from accessing employment, having a positive experience, and thriving within the host company. Moving Beyond Inclusion offers a sliding scale for participation fees based on company size and hours of consulting work.
HRx is a Canadian provider of EDI services that offers a range of products and services to address organizational needs. They have successfully acquired many prominent customers in Canada such as Crown Corporations, provincial governments, Government of Canada, Arc’teryx, and professional organizations from different industries. Their offerings can be broken down into three main categories of training, analytics, and consulting.
Diversity Works is a training program by Human Resources Development Quarterly (HRDQ) consists of a 3-hour workshop as well as an interactive game for experiential learning that can address a range of different learning preferences or interaction types. When purchasing this package, an organization receives a variety of different activities and facilitation guides for up to 25 participants.
The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program is a two-month paid online learning program offered by Cornell University. It addresses issues of employee engagement, interventions for unconscious bias, while providing specific diversity and inclusion strategies. This is led by an instructor with classes of up to 35 students. It requires an effort of 3-5 hours per week.
Compliance Training Group is a part of Employers Choice Online Inc., an American employment screening and compliance training company. One of its offerings covers Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace for both supervisors and employees. It addresses issues of cultural competence, persistent challenges of bias and stereotypes, and how employers and co-workers can work together to meet EDI goals. Notably, this training consists of a series of online modules, which allows for flexible participation.
Centre for Creative Leadership's EDI Training
Some larger consulting and corporate training organizations, like the Centre for Creative Leadership offer a variety of different solutions that can be tailored for the goals, needs, and budgets of organizations. In this case, an organization could purchase access to a library of materials for self-directed online learning or a more involved solution where the provider partners with the customer to strengthen coaching and communication for building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.
Creative Equity Roadmap
The Creative Equity Roadmap is a resource developed by Creative BC and Elevate Inclusion Strategies to encourage everyone to consider career pathways in BC’s motion picture industry. As part of industry efforts to undertake transformative action to achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion, the Creative Equity Roadmap is designed to centralize efforts with shared foundations, a common language, and baseline resources. These JEDDI (Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity and Inclusion) efforts include a framework to consider these issues at an individual, organization, or industry level. There are also checkpoints to provide basic tools, training and supports to help the industry progress and be accountable.
Creative Pathways is an effort from the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA) and Creative BC, in collaboration with many industry stakeholders, to support workforce development. This resource aims to champion a dynamic motion picture workforce in BC that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive, while providing information for career seekers. This platform offers specific supports to increase workforce participation of people from systemically excluded groups, highlights in-demand roles, and career information for those who are interested in joining this industry. It includes information for a variety of career paths, whether above-the-line (key creatives), below-the-line (freelance crew), or digital roles in animation, VFX or post-production.
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