SFU recognized for workplace diversity

May 18, 2006, vol. 36, no. 2
By Marianne Meadahl

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Simon Fraser University is among five Canadian employers being recognized with an award for its commitment to workplace diversity.

The Canadian Immigrant magazine's top employers for workplace diversity awards, given for the first time this year, acknowledge organizations that support diversity through new opportunities, creativity and innovation in the workplace.

SFU is being recognized in the education category. Other recipients include RBC Financial Group, Safeway, Channel M Television and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The magazine cites SFU for making diversity a cornerstone of its statement on values and commitments, and for its efforts to recruit students and researchers who have direct experience in diverse communities, as well as its hiring practices guided by principles of employment equity.

Award recipients were selected by an independent panel of judges involved in the business and human resources sectors.

 “These organizations have made a significant contribution to workplace diversity by reaching out to newcomers and giving them opportunities to establish Canadian credentials,” says Nick Noorani, magazine publisher. “Our goal is to acknowledge organizations that are making a difference by striving to make their work environments more open and diverse. There is a lot we can learn from forward-thinking organizations like these.”

For the magazine's story on recipients check www.thecanadianimmigrant.com/.

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