Engineer Gail Powley is a minority in her field -only 17.2 per cent of students in Canadian engineering programs are female.Photograph by: CANDACE ELLIOTT CANWEST NEWS SERVICE, For Canwest News Service; Edmonton Journal
Edmonton engineer Gail Powley figures diversity training makes companies, “more self-reflective on what their practices and processes are. As a result,(the workplace) becomes more open and transparent for everyone else.”
And because satisfied employees tend to stick around, improving retention rates, companies benefit. Powley’s institute reports that 36 per cent of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) Canadians who experience discrimination will change careers, for instance.