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Lack of diversity in the technology industry isn’t a new problem, but one Toronto-based startup is using the power of video to make the case that it needs to change.

On Monday, StackAdapt — a 60-plus person company that specializes in advertising platforms — released a self-made, 18-minute documentary called #HackDiversity, which speaks with technology leaders about why hiring people of different ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations makes sense.

“Sometimes it is easy to presume that because we live in a city (Toronto) that is so multicultural that, by de facto, means we have inclusion,” said Jaime Woo, head of engineering communications at Shopify, and a subject of the documentary. “I would say we need to think about that a little bit more.”

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There were 71,000 tech sector firms across the country with 864,000 employees as of the end of 2015, according to a study last year by Brookfield Institute. And though there isn’t much data on diversity in Canada’s tech sector, a recent study of 1,400 U.S. workers by software company Atlassian said only 2 per cent of the industry is black and three per cent is latino.

Meanwhile a study by the Harvard Business Review showed that firms with a diverse set …read more

Source:: Financial Post – Tech

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