Forbes’ list of best employers for diversity includes Sheridan College with campuses in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton

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Published July 12, 2023 at 10:40 am

Sheridan College was named to Forbes’ list of Canada's Best Employers for Diversity that was recently released. The local college ranked 12th overall. SHERIDAN COLLEGE IMAGE

When it comes to having an inclusive work place, Sheridan College is among Canada’s best employers.

The college, with campuses in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton, was named to Forbes’ list of Canada’s Employers for Diversity, ranking 12th overall.

Sheridan, which has made the list three straight years, is the only college on the list of 150 organizations.

The annual list is compiled in partnership with the research firm Statista and ranks Canadian organizations that are excelling in creating diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

To determine the rankings, Statista surveyed approximately 12,000 Canadian workers at companies with at least 500 employees (government services sector not included).

Participants anonymously rated their companies based on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ+ equality, as well as diversity overall.

Topping the 2023 list was Toronto Metropolitan University (2,700 employees), followed by Lululemon Athletica in Vancouver (34,000 employees) in second place and McMaster University in Hamilton (14,980 employees) in third.

Founded in 1967, Sheridan College has 3,380 employees and educates nearly 40,000 students at its four campuses.

“At Sheridan, diversity is deeply ingrained in our institutional DNA. Diversity of thought and experience drives innovation, creativity, and problem-solving, which are fundamental to our mission of empowering individuals to shape their futures.” says Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor.

“Diversity also plays a pivotal role in our strategy for employee retention. By cultivating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported, we foster a sense of belonging that contributes to high job satisfaction and engagement.”

Just last month, Sheridan launched a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Knowledge Mobilization Dissemination Centre (KMDC) in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The CICan KMDC at Sheridan is one of only two in Canada and the only English-language Centre of its kind.

In June of last year, Dr. Jane Ngobia, Sheridan’s first Vice President of Inclusive Communities, was presented with a Silver Award of Excellence for Leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

In April of this year, Sheridan’s Office of Inclusive Communities was recognized with a silver award in the category of Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the CICan Awards of excellence.

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