Third DiverseCity Counts report highlights legal sector for the first
TORONTO, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Just 6.8% of leaders in the GTA legal
sector are visible minorities, relative to 49.5% of the population
studied, reveals a new report released today.
The third annual DiverseCity Counts report, produced by the Diversity
Institute at Ryerson University on behalf of DiverseCity: The Greater
Toronto Leadership Project, tracked 3,330 leaders across the corporate,
public, elected, education and nonprofit sectors. Also included in this
year's report is a first-ever look at visible minority leadership in
the legal sector. While previous research has studied diversity among
lawyers exclusively, the Counts report tracked 2,410 leaders in the
field including judges, governing bodies, law school leaders, partners
in the top 20 law firms and crown attorneys.
Lawyers and judges are influential decision makers who shape the laws
and the administration of justice," explains Wendy Cukier, the lead
author and founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University.
"Lawyers lead in other areas too, such as in elected office - in fact,
73 per cent of Canadian Prime Ministers have also been practising
lawyers. They are also at the forefront of advocacy and social change.
Representation in this sector is critical to a democratic society."
Although the research shows that there is an under-representation of
visible minorities in leadership in the legal sector, the report found
that overall, 14.5 per cent of leaders in the GTA are visible
minorities which is an increase of eight per cent from 13.4% in 2009.
Within the legal profession, judges are found to have higher levels of
visible minority representation than law firm partners or crown
attorneys (8.3 per cent compared to 6.6 per cent). Governing bodies and
law school leaders come out on top at 10.5 per cent.
"These results put numbers to what we've been observing. We already knew
that only 14.4 per cent of lawyers are visible minorities but now we
can see that the problem increases as we move up the chain. Greater
diversity at the top of our profession is both a social imperative and
a business driver," says Julia Hanigsberg who is a member of the
DiverseCity steering committee and is Vice President, Administration
and Finance and General Counsel, Ryerson University.
DiverseCity Counts is the third report commissioned by DiverseCity: The
Greater Toronto Leadership Project, a multi-pronged initiative to
accelerate prosperity in the GTA by enabling a more diverse leadership
to emerge. Previous research has found a link between diversity in
leadership and more effective, innovative and productive organizations.
Another release summarizing the overall findings from the research and
the full report including the results on the legal sector can be found www.diversecitytoronto.ca/diversecity-counts or www.ryerson.ca/diversity.
About DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project
DiverseCity is the latest project of Maytree and the Greater Toronto
CivicAction Alliance, funded in part by the government of Ontario. With
its eight initiatives, the project is changing the face of our region's
leadership. It is expanding our networks, strengthening our private and
public institutions, advancing our knowledge on the role of diversity
in leadership and tracking our progress. For more information, and to
read the full report visit www.diversecitytoronto.ca.
About the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University
The Diversity Institute is located in the Ted Rogers School of
Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The Diversity
Institute undertakes diversity research with respect to gender,
race/ethnicity, disabilities and sexual orientation in the workplace.
The goal of the Institute is to generate new, interdisciplinary
knowledge about diversity in organizations to contribute to the
awareness and the promotion of equity in the workplace. Visit www.ryerson.ca/ diversity for more information.
SOURCE Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University
For further information:
Julia Howell, on behalf of DiverseCity, (416) 402-4274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Powderley, on behalf of The Ted Rogers School of Management and Ryerson University, (416) 803-5597, Kathleen@responsiblecommunications.ca