Life Sciences Stakeholders Launch Collaboration to Advance Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario– Today, seven founding member organizations from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors announced the establishment of the Inclusive Life Sciences Collaboration (Collaboration). The Collaboration aims to create a community of like-minded individuals and organizations committed to creating inclusive organizational cultures across the life sciences sector. They are now inviting others from across Canada to join them in aligning efforts, sharing knowledge, and driving action toward a more inclusive life sciences future.

“The Inclusive Life Sciences Collaboration represents businesses, industries and institutions that extend from school to workforce and seek to draw on the talent of Canada’s best and brightest,” said Dr. Imogen Coe, Professor and founding Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Ryerson University, IDEA expert and Steering Committee member. “Creating inclusive environments in the life sciences sector that attract, support, retain and promote the most diverse talent will lead to inclusive excellence for this sector and unleash untapped potential, innovation and creativity.”

Organizations are increasingly evaluating their cultures and practices concerning IDEA, becoming more intentional and committed to finding and implementing strategies to embed IDEA into their practices better. The Collaboration represents a group of organizations and individuals that have been at the forefront of this movement and have several initiatives already underway. Below are some examples of their work.

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