“Diversity and Entrepreneurship” Keynote Speech (transcript) by Kirk Dudtschak, RBC Royal Bank (Article)

November 27, 2015

Canada’s largest employer, RBC Royal Bank, sees diversity and inclusion as a business imperative. Why? Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice President, Personal & Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank, explains in a keynote speech delivered at the 8th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University.

TRIEC Thanks RBC and Gordon Nixon (Article)

June 19, 2014

As chair of TRIEC, RBC’s CEO Gordon Nixon has been a champion of immigrant inclusion in the workforce.

emergiTEL – 2013 RBC Immigrant Success Awards Winner (Article)

June 6, 2014

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

Moving Past Diversity: RBC’s Journey to Rid its Upper Ranks of ‘Unconscious Bias’ (Article)

January 30, 2014

Zabeen Hirji talks about how RBC is teaching its leaders to overcome unconscious bias; how it’s fostering diversity through processes versus organic evolution and how it reconciles those processes with regulatory requirements.

Outsmarting our Brains: A Report by RBC and Ernst and Young (Article)

January 20, 2014

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

RBC Career Bridge Associate Program (Article)

May 10, 2013

Program support RBC’s small and medium-sized GTA-based business clients in connecting with high-potential, internationally qualified candidates to fit their employment needs.

World Refugee Day: Employer Champions Investing in Refugee Talent (Article)

June 20, 2017

Employer champions from the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable are sharing their success in recruiting, hiring and benefiting from the Syrian refugee talent on their teams.

Canadian Companies Still Struggling to Overcome Hiring Bias Against Minorities (Article)

January 25, 2017

Hiring Bias event and report release announcement: ‘Do Larger Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly?’.

Resources for Newcomer Entrepreneurs in the GTA (Article)

March 21, 2016

Many organizations in the GTA provide free services for newcomer entrepreneurs to help them a start business. Here are some key resources.

Ten tips to diversify the supply chain (Article)

March 9, 2016

Supplier diversity means that small and medium-sized organizations, owned or operated by diverse individuals, have equal access to these opportunities, allowing them to grow their businesses and grow the broader economy at the same time.

Getting Started: Investing in Refugee Talent (Canada) (Article)

January 28, 2016

A guide for business to tap refugee talent and improve ways to source, hire, onboard and train refugees.

Estate Planning (Article)

June 30, 2015

You need to ask yourself an important question: Who should inherit your business?

Succession Planning (Article)

June 30, 2015

If done properly, succession planning is not a one-time exercise, but should be an ongoing process that is regularly updated and amended as circumstances change.

Financial Planning (Article)

June 30, 2015

Exiting your business may involve a management buy-out, family succession or the sale of the business. Regardless, financing of the change of ownership correctly is crucial.

Expanding Your Network (Article)

June 30, 2015

Developing new business contacts and connections can help entrepreneurs open doors. Networking is about creating a community of support where people can learn from each other.

Raising Capital for Expansion (Article)

June 30, 2015

The decision to expand is often followed by the need for access to capital which can be obtained from financing or liquidating assets. Both options favour sound business operations.

Updating Business Plans (Article)

June 30, 2015

The decision to grow your business will typically follow a consecutive number of successful or profitable years, proving there is demand for your product or service. To ensure your readiness for expansion, you will need to update your original Business Plan.

Board and Governance (Article)

June 30, 2015

An important task is finding the right people to lead. The right time to create a board is before the end of the start-up phase.

Finance and Taxation (Article)

June 30, 2015

Connect Legal suggests you “contact your local city government office to find out the kind of business that is permitted at your location and whether there are any restrictions. Understand the taxes (e.g. sales taxes, employee-related taxes, such as payroll […]

Managing Cash Flow (Article)

June 30, 2015

Managing cash flow is challenging but it’s an important element of running a business successfully.

Government and Organizational Support (Article)

June 30, 2015

There’s a lot of support available to new business start-ups. Talk to advisors early in the process of starting your business and get their advice.

Protecting You, Your Business and Products (Article)

June 30, 2015

Protect your business name and reputation. Consider business insurance.

Raising Capital (Article)

June 30, 2015

Financing is the big question for many people who want to start a business. Good business planning will help your chances of getting financing.

Getting Started (Article)

June 30, 2015

Are you an immigrant and an entrepreneur? There are many steps to take, rules and regulations to follow, and supports available to help you start your business.

Toronto is diverse but not as inclusive as it could be (Article)

July 8, 2014

Toronto exemplifies multiculturalism, but struggles with inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Investing in Internships (Article)

June 19, 2014

Exploring the business case for paid internships.

Look out for Hidden ‘Mediterranean’ Noses (Article)

June 6, 2014

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University explains that we often underestimate the degree of influence our unconscious biases have on decision-making.

Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Article)

April 14, 2014

Gord Nixon, President and CEO of RBC talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths.

Ask the Expert – Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

March 12, 2014

What interventions can be made to support immigrant talent in performing better especially due to cultural barriers?

Celebrating Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (Article)

February 20, 2014

Competition recognizes employers for creating a more inclusive workplace including developing and implementing various programs and HR strategies to better manage skilled immigrant talent.

Making Connections – Halifax Regional Municipality and Greater Halifax Partnership (Article)

June 4, 2013

Business needs talent. Talent needs opportunity. A networking program completes the equation.

Award-Winning Employers Help Newcomers Overcome Employment Barriers (Article)

March 20, 2012

Seven of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians work with Bow Valley College in Calgary to provide work placements to newcomers.

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion (Guest Column) (Article)

January 5, 2012

Diversity is finding and hiring, while inclusion is about retention, loyalty and growth — getting it right means more growth, higher profits and better ideas, says Maytree’s Ratna Omidvar.

Reducing Bias (Article)

September 5, 2011

Personal biases can unwittingly creep into an interview but there are ways to reduce this risk.

Create an Inclusive Recruitment Strategy (Article)

August 1, 2011

A recruitment philosophy that focuses on skills, as opposed to country of origin, leads to a concrete policy that guides your organization’s recruitment efforts.