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Sasktel's Workforce Actively Includes Aboriginals
IBM Canada's Inclusion by Design
Meet Jim Muzyka. Diversity Champion, Xerox Vice-President and General Manager and member of the ITAC board.
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Robert Watson, President and CEO Sasktel

Sasktel's Workforce Actively Includes Aboriginals
Employers all across Canada need to be
alert to the fact that the aboriginal community is the youngest and fastest
growing segment of the Canadian population. In 2001, the median age of
aboriginals was 24 years. Statistics Canada estimates that the community of
North American Indians, Metis and Intuit is growing at roughly twice the
pace of the rest of the population and that, by 2017, this group will
account for over 4 percent of our nation. For employers in the ICT industry
faced with chronic labour shortages, the value of this important group as a
contributor to our labour force cannot be overlooked.
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Tej Singh Hazra, Diversity Program Manager for IBM Canada

IBM Canada's Inclusion by Design
 On the IBM Canada website, the diversity section outlines what it calls a “culture of inclusion.” Among the many offerings there are programs designed internally to assist the mosaic of backgrounds and cultures. Along with the internal programs IBM is involved in a wide variety of programs benefiting Women, Aboriginals, African-Canadians, Asians, GLBT and Persons with Disabilities.
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Jim Muzyka, Xerox Vice-President and General Manager

Meet Jim Muzyka. Diversity Champion, Xerox Vice-President and General Manager and member of the ITAC board.
Part of our best practices is that it’s been embedded in our culture for almost 50 years. Our first CEO, Joe Wilson, was an outspoken advocate of not only gender diversity, but diversity as a whole … ethnic diversity is another important component. So one of the first things that we have going for us is our corporate culture that embraces diversity, but culture doesn’t mean anything unless it’s followed by something that’s programmatic. Sustaining a deep diverse workplace requires active management at all levels in the organization.
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