Underrepresented communities continue to face systemic barriers and steep challenges when it comes to accessing entrepreneurial opportunities from Canada’s thriving tech ecosystem. As tragic events continue to take place around the world against visible minorities, confronting racial injustice continues to be a necessity and change can only begin with open and honest conversations.
In light of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ, took to LinkedIn to chat with leading executives and startups to discuss how we can collectively create an equitable future for Canada’s tech ecosystem.
Meet our panelists:
- Humza Teherany, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership)
- Kirstine Stewart, Head of Future of Media, World Economic Forum
- Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer, TD
- Armughan Ahmad, Managing Partner & President, Digital, KPMG
- Janey Buzugbe, Founder JaneyofCanada (WITEN) and Head of The DMZ‘s Black Innovation Programs
- Alexandra McCalla, Co-founder & COO, AirMatrix
- Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director, The DMZ and CEO of DMZ Ventures
With this conversation, we strived to have an open discussion around the importance of diversity in our ecosystem, share lived experiences and underscore the important role we all play in creating an inclusive and equitable tech community.
Let’s dive into it.
For the entire LinkedIn chat conversation, please click here.
At the DMZ, we know that a strong tech ecosystem is one that fosters diverse perspectives and actively removes barriers for those hindered by systemic discrimination. We continue to actively work on leveling the playing field for everyone’s entrepreneurial success. For more information on our Black Innovation Programs, please go to dmz.ryerson.ca/bip/