The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, business and diversity organizations to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace. ISED is challenging organizations to achieve:
- Gender parity (50%) on Canadian board(s) and senior management; and
- Significant representation (“30%”) on Canadian board(s) and senior management of other underrepresented groups, including racialized persons, people living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities) and members of the LGBTQ2 community. The program and participants recognize that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as founding peoples of Canada are under-represented in positions of economic influence and leadership.
CMC has long recognized that diversity is an asset and strength for the organization and is proud of its inclusive and welcoming corporate culture. CMC’s Board of Directors enthusiastically adopted a Diversity Policy in 2018 to guide our decision-making and strengthen our open, inclusive culture. “Equity, diversity, and inclusion allow CMC team members to learn from one another’s different experiences and viewpoints” said Ian Roane, Chair of the Board of Directors of CMC.
For Dr. Gayathri Singh, Microelectronics Team Leader at CMC “Our teams are diverse by design. Our different backgrounds and experiences present learning opportunities for innovation where we can all contribute to lowering barriers to technology adoption in Canada.”
“I thank CMC for taking part in the 50 – 30 Challenge and for being a part of this initiative,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “As a member of the scientific research and education industry, CMC is fostering innovation by embracing diversity and inclusion through concrete actions. I am looking forward to watching this program grow into something larger and become the new standard in industries across Canada.”
Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC concluded by saluting ISED’s leadership. “Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion makes CMC a place where creative solutions thrive. The 50 – 30 challenge is a great way for us to keep moving in the right direction and we commend ISED Canada for challenging organizations across Canada to embrace equity, diversity and inclusivity.”
About CMC Microsystems:
CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN). We provide access to world-class platforms for Computer Aided Design (CAD), prototyping and manufacturing services (FAB), training and support (LAB) for researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry. Our services are geared for microsystems, nanotechnologies, photonics, and support innovative sectors of the next-generation economy. CMC reduces barriers by offering simplified access to the right tools to create tomorrow’s technologies. Our network is made up of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and researchers at 60 post-secondary institutions across CNDN.
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