Media Briefing - Career Advancement in Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible Minorities



    Catalyst and Ryerson University release new study of more than 17,000
    professionals, managers, and executives. Research focuses on visible
    minorities in the workplace: lower career satisfaction, offers
    recommendations for change

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:     Catalyst Canada and the Diversity Institute at Ryerson
              University will release results from the single, largest
              national survey ever done focusing on visible minority
              managers, professionals, and executives in corporate Canada.
              The full research report called the Career Advancement in
              Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible Minorities will be
              released on Thursday June 28th at 11 a.m. and will reveal new
              information beyond what was reported in February 2007.

              Key findings and topics to be discussed:

              -  Why visible minority managers, professionals and executives
                 are less satisfied with their careers compared to their
                 white/Caucasian colleagues?
              -  What respondents think their companies do and what companies
                 think has been achieved in terms of diversity for their
                 employees - do perceptions match the reality?
              -  Based on results from this one-of-a-kind survey, specific
                 recommendations will be provided on how corporate Canada can
                 maximize its diverse workforce
              -  Gordon M. Nixon, one of Canada's leading CEOs, will comment
                 on what the findings mean to business, what business can do
                 with the results, and the implications for Canada's economic
                 prosperity

    WHO:      Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management
              and founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University

              Deborah Gillis, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

              Gordon M. Nixon, President and CEO, RBC, and Chair of RBC's
              Diversity Leadership Council

              Yezdi Pavri, Deloitte Managing Partner Greater Toronto and
              co-Chair, Diversity Council

    WHEN:     Thursday, June 28, 2007
              Briefing begins at 11 a.m. Doors open for media check-in and
              set-up at 10:30 a.m.

    WHERE:    RBC
              Royal Bank Plaza, 200 Bay St., Toronto, 40th Floor, South Tower

              For media who can not attend in person, a live webcast of the
              media briefing will be available at:
              http://events.startcast.com/events/52/B0035.
              User name: workplace (case sensitive),
              password: diversity (case sensitive)
    

    BACKGROUND

    By 2017, visible minorities are expected to represent one in five people
in Canada's available workforce. In major cities across the country, the
visible minority representation in the labour force will be closer to half.
These findings explore the career development and advancement of nearly 18,000
professionals, managers, and executives in 43 publicly traded and privately
held Canadian corporations and professional services firms and parallel
findings from employers from 38 different Canadian corporations.

    About Catalyst

    Catalyst is the leading research and advisory organization working to
advance women in business, with offices in New York, San Jose, Zurich and
Toronto. As an independent, nonprofit membership organization, Catalyst
conducts research on all aspects of women's career advancement and provides
strategic and web-based consulting services on a global basis to help
companies and firms advance women and build inclusive work environments. In
addition, we honor exemplary business initiatives that promote women's
leadership with the annual Catalyst Award. Visit: www.catalyst.org for more
information.

    About the Diversity Institute in Management and Technology at Ryerson
    University

    The Diversity Institute in Management and Technology 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/diversityinstitute/ for more
information.





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Claire M. Tallarico, Catalyst,
(416) 690-0316, or Kathleen Powderley, Ted Rogers School of Management,
Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000 ext 7505


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