Looking at the Ontario budget through a talent lens


At MaRS, my team and I work to create a pipeline of diverse talent that will succeed in Toronto’s tech sector through a combination of programming and advocating for new policies. Coming off the heels of our Talent Fuels Tech report, we wanted to take a look at the latest Ontario Budget to see how it [...]

Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality


Note: This piece was originally published in TechCrunch.  If you have interviewed for a technology job, there’s a good chance the words “culture” and “fit” made an appearance during the phone-screen phase, or in early rounds of interviews. It is no longer enough for a candidate — especially early to mid-career — to arrive to job [...]

Tech’s obsession with cultural fit feeds its diversity problem


Note: This piece was originally published in the Globe and Mail. If you’re looking for a good tech job, it’s not enough to have a sparkling resume and top-drawer coding skills. You also have to come off as a fit for the team. In the past decade, the idea of hiring for “cultural fit” – picking [...]