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Read the new Gender Summit Report: Toward a New Normal

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May 28, 2018

Gender Summit 11 North America (GS11NA) attracted more than 675 participants, making it one of the best-attended Gender Summits to date. GS11NA was co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec, in collaboration with Portia Ltd from the UK and members of the Gender Summit Regional Steering Committee. The report compiles key outcomes of the Summit and concrete actions proposed by attendees.

Highlights of the report:

  • The Summit validated the need for more focussed and effective equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives for change.
  • The entire landscape of research, innovation and business is implicated in responding to the need for EDI change.
  • Taking concrete actions that build on the knowledge generated through successful initiatives can enhance EDI success in laboratories, postsecondary institutions, industry, government, and funding agencies. 
  • It is essential that leaders set the tone for embedding EDI measures and practices in their organizations and governing bodies. They establish the climate needed to reap the benefits of EDI, such as improved governance, increased economic performance and more innovation.
  • Promoting an organizational culture that values EDI and its benefits is as important as putting in place effective EDI policies.
  • We have reached the point in transformative research and innovation where critical self-awareness of assumptions, biases and values – and their influence on understanding and interpretation – must be recognized as a professional competency.

To find out more, check out the full Report.

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