Briefing

Black Professionals in Tech Network teams with large Canadian firms to push for racial equity

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The network, founded by former MaRS executive Lekan Olawoye, is partnering with eight big employers in Canada, including TD, Rogers and Hootsuite, to support Black workers by identifying and preventing racism in the hiring and promoting processes. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The partner companies plan to tap into BPTN’s network of more than 10,000 members, as well as its experience advancing careers of Black employees in the space, to help make their workplaces more equitable. The initiative is meant to go beyond lip service—which Olawoye told The Globe and Mail is all too common in Canada’s tech sector—at a time when firms are facing more pressure to rethink their approach to recruiting and promoting Black candidates. “These are the companies who are doing the work with the Black tech ecosystem,” he said. “Other companies should take that approach.”