Despite its size and steady growth, Canada’s technology sector has a disappointing track record on workforce inclusion. Research by the Brookfield Institute revealed substantial gaps in terms of who works in, who benefits from and who makes decisions in the tech sector.
South of our border, Black tech workers make up only 9.3 per cent of the industry. At major organizations like Google, black employees comprise around 4 percent to 5 percent of the workforce. In 2018, a U.S. study found just 1 per cent of venture-backed founders were black.
In this episode of #TechInTheCity, Yvonne talks with Black Boys Code, a technology start-up that introduces young Black boys to the STEM disciplines with a focus on computer science. We talk about Black Boys Code's mission and national reach including their newest Chapter in Windsor, ON, how they hope to change the face of the tech world and ways that we can create a more colorful and diverse national and local tech community. Read Windsor Star article published on June 29, 2020.
Follow Black Boys Code on Social Media at @BlackBoysCode.
Links to Other Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:
Black Boys Code Website: https://blackboyscode.ca/
Black Boys Code Volunteer Information: https://blackboyscode.com/volunteer/
Rocket Innovation Studio Careers: https://www.myrocketcareer.com/
Who Are Canada's Tech Workers (Brookfield Institute): https://brookfieldinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-Tech-Workers-ONLINE.pdf
Windsor Research Project: Racial Data https://gingerpolitics.com/2020/06/16/windsor-research-project-racial-data/