The pandemic has transformed business operations and employee expectations. With 77% of Canadians desiring flexibility to work in the office and remotely, the hybrid workplace model is becoming the “new normal.” The hybrid model has allowed organizations to access global talent and support the creation of broadly diverse teams that bring together different skill sets, experiences and ideas, and create opportunities to learn and grow from different cultures and wisdoms.
Hybrid is the new normal, and an opportunity to rethink and remake organizational culture together. A recent HP Canada survey found that over a third of Canadian employees believe a hybrid work model is the most beneficial for advancing marginalized groups. Yet the increasing multicultural workforce comes with the challenge of integrating different cultures and wisdom in the workplace. While the importance of workplace culture is growing, and a Deloitte survey found that 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success, 81% of employees believe their managers need to be better trained to effectively manage a hybrid workplace team. In the post-secondary world, some institutes’ anti-discrimination policies have required learning modules related to cultural diversity, and created opportunities for intercultural learning though events and celebrations.
What is clear is that as employers, post-secondary institutes, non-profits, and the people that work at and with them, we all have a role to play in better understanding and engaging people from different cultural backgrounds to build a better future of work. To do this, organizations need to develop processes and practices that better support cultural diversity and understanding across all areas and functions of an organization or community.
We encourage you to check out the organizations listed above and watch the recording of the session to form your own opinion on what stands out for you.
Here is our summary of key takeaways from the session:
1. What comes to mind when you think about ‘building future ready communities’?
2. What is the most memorable “success story” or “lesson learned” you’ve experienced when you think about how your organization/group has contributed to ‘building future ready communities’?
3. How do we support employers in building their capacity to integrate multiple cultures in their own workplace? What key messages do we need to equip employers with to help close the skill gap? (Audience Question)
4. What would be your biggest piece of advice to talent in Canada trying to start and/or advance their careers and navigate the future of work?
5. What are some resources, books, Ted Talks, or podcasts, that have been instrumental in shaping your view on the future of work?
A theme discussed by our panelists is the power of mentorship in educating and empowering individuals and communities. Continuous learning through the sharing of experiences, stories and resources is a critical component in fostering talent and building diverse and inclusive workplaces.
We need to take a look and gain a deeper understanding of what equality, diversity and inclusion mean to our organizations. It shouldn’t be just a number, but actual integration where every voice is able to contribute in meaningful ways. We need to identify the gaps in our talent pools, create support systems, and share best practices with other organizations in our communities.
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About the panelists:
Trevor Buttrum, Executive Director, CACEE / ACSEE
Trevor Buttrum is an award-winning leader who, over the last 20+ years, has honed his craft in campus recruitment strategy, career education and experiential learning, fostering inclusive talent pipelines and workplaces, and building relationships to attract, engage, and retain, early career talent. In the Spring of 2022, Trevor was named the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). CACEE provides a national voice, leadership, events, resources, and a niche community of practice to empower members to excel in their meaningful and critical work supporting students in their transition from post-secondary to career.
Prior to joining CACEE, Trevor was the Director of Operations at TalentEgg and led a best-in-class national career education program at the Insurance Institute of Canada. From 2018-2021, he served as a member of the National Stakeholder Committee overseeing the creation of the competency framework informing career development practice and certification in Canada. His passion is anchored by post-graduate studies in both Career Development and Adult Education.
The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)
CACEE is a national non-profit partnership of employer recruiters and career services professionals. Their mission is to provide professional networking and development opportunities, information, advice, and other services to employers and career service professionals.
CACEE’s purpose is to help career service professionals and employers have access to strong professional networks and professional development opportunities. CACEE knows how to provide this support to our members, and relies on their ongoing input to improve and strengthen the association. Member feedback leads the work of CACEE’s committees and board as well as the specific goals of each CACEE staff member.
Shawna Garrett, President + CEO, EduNova Cooperative Ltd.
Originally from the Maritimes, Shawna Garrett has held registrarial and enrolment management positions at Acadia University, NSCAD University, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, and Mount Allison University. She has also worked as a superintendent, principal, and dean at international schools in Japan and China. Shawna holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island and Acadia University and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in educational studies through Nova Scotia’s inter-university doctoral program
EduNova Cooperative Ltd.
EduNova is a co-operative industry association of education and training providers in Nova Scotia, Canada. With an office in the province’s capital city of Halifax, they are the only provincial education and training co-operative in Canada. EduNova’s mandate is to work with members to raise the profile of Nova Scotia’s education and training expertise. EduNova’s focus is on collaborative international recruitment activities and the identification of international project opportunities.
EduNova recognizes the importance of education and training in today’s global economy. When international students choose to study abroad in Nova Scotia, they help connect our province to the world and spread the word about the quality of life and learning found here. When education providers in Nova Scotia take their expertise to other countries, our province gains further international recognition and respect.