Policy Options: Let’s do more to leverage Canada’s diversity for a stronger digital research infrastructure field

As the global innovation race speeds up, diverse and inclusive recruitment to the industry will help keep our technology exports competitive.

By Nizar Ladak

It’s time we proactively build our digital research infrastructure strategy on the bedrock of equity, diversity and inclusion and make Canada a leader in this space. There have been arguments for increased representation through the lens of social responsibility – a laudable position. However, few have argued the economic benefits of a diverse workplace. This is particularly true in the digital research infrastructure (DRI) field, where Canada already benefits directly from a diverse workforce. But we could be tapping into our potential so much more.

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