DiverseCity Counts Reports

DiverseCity Counts features research that studies the levels and impact of diversity in leadership.

The reports shed light on the representation of visible minorities and under-represented immigrants across sectors and reveal to us where progress is being made and where we’re falling behind.

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This research, the eighth report in our DiverseCity Counts series, is conducted by Dr. Samir Sinha of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network Hospitals. It examines diversity on boards and in senior management of health care institutions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Specifically, we look at local health integration networks (LHINs), hospitals, and community care access centres (CCACs). While past reports have focused on visible minorities, this edition broadens the scope of diversity to include sex/gender identity, visible minorities, disability, and sexual orientation.

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DiverseCity contracted Nanos Research to conduct a first-time public opinion poll of residents in municipalities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on the topic of diversity in leadership.

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The next frontier for diversity: new report explores supplier diversity in the GTA. The latest DiverseCity Counts research, by Dr. Paul D. Larson, CN Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba, examines whether, why and how organizations have embraced diversity in their purchasing and supply chain strategies, policies and practices.

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This report takes a closer look at the nonprofit sector and finds that the more diverse a board, the better it works. The report includes a number of recommendations for organizations that wish to strengthen their board, including understanding and communicating the benefits of leadership diversity and aligning diversity efforts to the organization’s mission and mandate.

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This report takes a closer look at elected office. The Diversity Gap: The Electoral Under-Representation of Visible Minorities finds that while they comprise 40% of the Greater Toronto Area population, only 11% of those elected to office are visible minorities.

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The 2011 report took a unique look at the legal sector. It found that just 6.8 per cent of leaders (judges, governing bodies and law school leaders and law partners and crown attorneys) in the GTA legal sector were visible minorities compared to 14.4 per cent of a talent pool of practising visible minority lawyers in the GTA. While 6.6 per cent of partners at the biggest law firms were visible minorities, 8.3 per cent of judges were visible minorities.

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The 2010 report took a special look at the news media that are most consumed by GTA residents. As in the corporate sector generally, visible minorities are under-represented on boards and among senior executives of large media corporations.

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For the 2009 report, the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University analyzed a total of 3,257 leaders in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Richmond Hill including elected officials, public sector executives, members of agencies, boards and commissions, as well as a sample of the largest voluntary and business organizations as determined by revenue. The results indicated that, as of March 2009, visible minorities are under-represented in the senior-most leadership positions in the GTA. Just 13% of leaders we analyzed are visible minorities.