Fostering innovation through inclusiveness: Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2016 are announced

TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Ask an economist to name the most important quality a nation or organization must develop and you're likely to get an earful about innovation. Technological change and globalization have accelerated our traditional understanding of "creative destruction": those who fail to innovate are now certain to see their prospects diminish rapidly. So how can organizations and nations become more innovative?  The winners of this year's Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition, announced today, make the case that becoming an inclusive organization is a remarkably effective way to improve innovation.

"Organizations that promote diversity and inclusiveness attract people with new perspectives and solutions," says Kristina Leung, lead editor on the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition and Senior Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the project.  \"We've always known that inclusive workplaces make organizations stronger; we see now that much of this strength comes from innovation."

Now entering its 10th year, the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation's leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. Employers are selected by the editors at Mediacorp based on submissions to the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project, published annually since 1999.

"For some years, the business case for workplace diversity has been about 'reflecting the community' that an organization serves," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition.  "We see now that the business case goes far beyond this – an inclusive workplace changes the DNA of an organization and makes it more innovative."

The winners of this year's Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition were announced this morning in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail.  The editors' detailed reasons for selection were also released this morning at:


2016 Winners

Accenture Inc. (Toronto ON)

National Bank of Canada (Montréal QC)

Agrium Inc. (Calgary AB)

Northwest Territories, Govt. of the (Yellowknife NT)

Air Canada (Saint-Laurent QC)

Ontario College of Trades (Toronto ON)

Amex Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Ontario Public Service (Toronto ON)

BC Hydro (Vancouver BC)

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto ON)

BCIT (Burnaby BC)

Ottawa, City of (Ottawa ON)

BDC (Montréal QC)

Overwaitea Food Group LP (Vancouver BC)

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Toronto ON)

PepsiCo Canada (Mississauga ON)

Cameco Corporation (Saskatoon SK)

Procter & Gamble Inc. (Toronto ON)

Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. (Ottawa ON)

RBC (Toronto ON)

Capgemini Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Red River College (Winnipeg MB)

Cargill Limited (Winnipeg MB)

Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto ON)

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Toronto ON)

Ryerson University (Toronto ON)

Children's Aid Society of Toronto, The (Toronto ON)

Saskatchewan Govt. Insurance / SGI (Regina SK)

CIBC (Toronto ON)

Saskatoon Health Region (Saskatoon SK)

Corus Entertainment Inc. (Toronto ON)

Saskatoon, City of (Saskatoon SK)

Deloitte LLP (Toronto ON)

SaskPower (Regina SK)

Dentons Canada LLP (Toronto ON)

SaskTel (Regina SK)

Edmonton, City of (Edmonton AB)

Scarborough Hospital, The / TSH (Scarborough ON)

Enbridge Inc. (Calgary AB)

Shell Canada Limited (Calgary AB)

Health Canada / Santé Canada (Ottawa ON)

Sodexo Canada Ltd. (Burlington ON)

Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. (Mississauga ON)

TD Bank Group (Toronto ON)

Home Depot of Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

TELUS Corporation (Vancouver BC)

Jazz Aviation LP (Dartmouth NS)

Toronto, City of (Toronto ON)

KPMG LLP (Toronto ON)

University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)

Lafarge Canada Inc. (Calgary AB)

University of Toronto (Toronto ON)

Loblaw Companies Limited (Brampton ON)

University of Victoria (Victoria BC)

Manitoba Hydro (Winnipeg MB)

Vancouver, City of (Vancouver BC)

Manitoba Public Insurance Corp. (Winnipeg MB)

William Osler Health System (Brampton ON)

Manitoba, Government of (Winnipeg MB)

Xerox Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Toronto ON)

YMCA of Greater Toronto (Toronto ON)

Medtronic of Canada Ltd. (Brampton ON)

Monsanto Canada Inc. (Winnipeg MB)

Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto ON)

SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Mediacorp Canada Inc. (CNW Group/Mediacorp Canada Inc.)". Image available at:

For further information: Tony Meehan, Publisher, Mediacorp Canada Inc., 416-964-6069 x9179


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