Many faces

Financial Post

Corporate leaders talk about the benefits of diversity as well as its challenges, such as leadership issues and recognizing immigrants’ skills.

Bruce Poon Tip
Founder, GAP Adventures – Toronto

GAP Adventures has 1,000 employees in more than 100 countries. For Bruce Poon Tip, diversity is his business.

Diversity for me has always been more of a leadership challenge than a right-thing-to-do challenge. I’m a firm believer in it’s always the best person for the job. The answer isn’t that to understand Russia we have to have Russians that work here. The idea is that we have to build connectedness among everyone, not just people in the head office, so that people feel heard and that they feel represented by anyone here. You have to have a much broader, more global way of thinking. I’ve got Asian, Dutch, Guyanese, Spanish in my background. Has it helped me understand my business and helped the business? Absolutely. There’s also something about being an immigrant that has given me a different understanding of compassion and the world and integrating that into my business.

Read more about what other corporate leaders have to say about diversity and skilled immigrants.