Diversity and inclusion at Code for Canada

I’m thrilled to have helped launch Code for Canada. As I write this, we are days away from our public launch, and I’m thinking about all the exciting things that this organization will make possible.

And whenever I think about the possibility ahead of us, I’m also reminded that it is matched by an equally immense responsibility.

We have a responsibility to be Code for all of Canada. We have a responsibility to push back against exclusionary norms around gender, race, and other identities that are all too common in the tech industry.

As we scale our organization and develop national programs, we are continuing to think about our work through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’re using recruitment and hiring approaches that will help ensure we have a diverse pipeline for our fellowship, and we’re designing organizational practices that help ensure we’re an organization that is responsive to the diverse needs of everyone it touches.

Participants at CodeAcross Toronto 2017

We have this responsibility to diversity and inclusion because it’s just the right thing to do. It’s the right way to grow an organization, and it’s the right way to grow a community and a movement.

But not only that: we also have the responsibility because it’s the best way to develop technology. Diverse teams perform better and build better products. They just do better work.

We’re working to make Code for Canada a diverse and inclusive organization and movement. That work will probably never be completed: we’ll always be learning and refreshing our work when it comes to inclusion, but this is the way it should be. We know that the best digital products are created iteratively, and we think the best organizations are too.