DiverseCity Counts 2

A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA

The 2010 report, A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA, tracked 3,348 leaders across the corporate, public, elected, education and nonprofit sectors in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Richmond Hill. Findings revealed that just 14% of leaders are visible minorities, up from 2009’s figure of 13.5%.

The research also found that:

  • 21.9% of all the organizations examined have more than 20% of their leadership who are visible minorities;
  • 80% of university boards of governors and 83.3% of college boards of governors have more than 20% visible minorities; and
  • Most municipalities are represented by at least one representative who is a visible minority.

However, in other sectors, a majority of organizations have no visible minority representation at all. For example, 76.9% of corporate boards and 69.2% of corporate sector executive teams have no visible minorities. In the voluntary sector, 61.5% of charities and 80% of foundations have executive teams without any visible minorities.

The report also took a special look at the news media that are most consumed by GTA residents. Media organizations are important institutions because they play a role in defining who is a leader in society and can shape the ambitions of those who wish to be leaders. As in the corporate sector generally, visible minorities are under-represented on boards and among senior executives of large media corporations.

The research also revealed that visible minorities are under-represented among columnists, experts and even stock background photographs in newspapers. Visible minorities are also under-represented as hosts, experts and in the background of stories on the supper time broadcast news.

Diversity as an Opportunity for Mainstream Media: The success story of CBC Radio One Metro Morning
In conversation with Nick Davis, Senior Producer, Metro Morning

In conversation with John Miller (co-author of this year’s report), Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism, Ryerson University

Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management & Founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University, presents the 2010 DiverseCity Counts report at Toronto’s Design Exchange

In conversation with Gary Pieters (DiverseCity Voices spokesperson)
Vice-Principal, Toronto District School Board

In conversation with Ravi Jain (DiverseCity Voices spokesperson)
Founder & Artistic Director, Why Not Theatre

In conversation with Jennifer Chan (DiverseCity Voices spokesperson)
Founder, Exhibit Change