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0302 Economic diversity

Calgary is the third most ethnically diverse major city in Canada and new Canadians play an increasingly significant role in the city’s economic prosperity as employees and employers, consumers, curators of international experiences, connectors to significant emerging markets, and community builders.

The value of diversity and inclusion is more important in the global digital economy concludes a report by Calgary Economic Development’s Hubba Khatoon and Jason Ribeiro titled Calgary’s newcomers as economic drivers.

“The case (for inclusion) is clear and growing; in the information age, diversity is a strength,” says the report that details how diversity drives innovation, develops perspective and sparks creativity.

The report also offers best-practices for employers to build a diverse workforce.

The economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, lists talent is the one of key to unlocking long-term economic growth. Creating opportunities for Calgarians to drive innovation and being Canada’s leading destination for global talent is critical to building a pipeline of human capital in the city for continued prosperity.

The importance of diversity in driving Alberta’s economic growth and social prosperity was the topic of a panel that Ribeiro participated in on Global News Calgary.

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