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 27 /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:
              User name: workplace (case sensitive),
              password: diversity (case sensitive)


    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.

For further information:

For further information: 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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