When spring flowers bloom, I welcome the opportunity to take a fresh look at things after the dark days of winter. While the challenges of the pandemic continue in 2021, the longer days and sunshine are reasons to feel brighter. Another opportunity to feel bright and optimistic is that April marks the start of National Diversity month. Haltech is one of the thousand plus Canadian organizations to have signed on to the 50/30 Challenge led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The goal of the initiative is to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within the workplace by aiming for 50% gender parity and 30% representation from other traditionally underrepresented groups. In addition to being the right thing to do, there is strong economic reasoning behind the challenge. Diverse organizations tend to outperform their peers, exceed financial targets and are eight time more likely to achieve better business outcomes. As we all look to better times ahead, clearly diversity needs to play an important role in the post pandemic recovery.
In other April news, Haltech will be opening the third cohort for women owned businesses to participate in the Beyond Boundaries program. The next opportunity to meet new people and have a few laughs from your home office continues with Haltech Connects later in the month. If you are looking to up your leadership skills, join in for tips from HR professional, Carly Holm. This month, Haltech is excited to welcome BDC as a new sponsor. BDC has long been supporting Haltech’ s programs and initiatives and I look forward to sharing how they will be involved in the community in the next month. Considering new plans for spurring growth in your business this spring? Join us for an event or connect with one of the Haltech staff for a little inspiration.
– Shann McGrail | Executive Director, Haltech