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Canada’s ministerial cabinet may be one of the world’s
most diverse when it comes to gender and race – 50 per
cent are women and a quarter are people of colour – yet
Canadian companies are woefully lagging when it comes
People of colour and Indigenous peoples together comprise
over a quarter of Canada’s population, but hold only one in 10
senior management positions. Women are also underrepresented
as senior managers, with only 37 per cent of top positions held by
women versus 63 per cent by men.
Canadians embrace having a multicultural, progressive soci-ety,
so why aren’t highly qualified women, people of colour and
Indigenous peoples getting proportional representation in top
executive ranks? One key reason: few advocate for them.
Women and people of colour need sponsors among senior exec-utives
who are willing to go to bat for them by helping them secure
a promotion as well as providing crucial air cover when they make
a misstep at work.
The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), a non-profit think
tank, has done extensive research on the role the sponsor-protégé
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By Laura Sherbin
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