The Canadian workforce may appear diverse, but a closer look at visible minorities reveals they are not as satisfied with their careers as their colleagues and are often passed over for promotions. “We have very inclusive workforces with lots of diversity, but not in leadership roles,” says Royal Roads Doctor of Social Sciences student and MBA alumna Debora Linehan. “It’s one thing to celebrate diversity, but unless you deal with the power imbalances, it’s a hollow promise. If you don’t include everybody, you’re just wasting all your talent.” Linehan is RBC regional vice-president for South Vancouver Island and the British Columbia regional champion on the bank’s national diversity council. As a woman with more than 25 years’ experience in leadership positions in the banking industry, she has long been interested in diversity in the workplace and says her experience on the council has opened her eyes to what is happening in other organizations and countries, and what is possible. The experience also led her back to Royal Roads, where she is focusing her research on Chinese-Canadians in the workforce.
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