Our Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE)
Business prosperity requires a healthy community at large.
Systemic racism, inequity and exclusion undermine these shared and interdependent aspirations, and therefore must be exposed and unrooted wherever they exist.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce commits to the long-term and continuous work of creating an equitable, inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
As a member association, we commit to working on our internal and external diversity, equity and inclusion efforts hand-in-hand with our community. Local members and community leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences will lead our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through advisory boards, community-wide consultations and public engagement events.
Three advisory boards leading our internal and external diversity, inclusion and equity efforts include:
An advisory board of 36 community leaders from the Indigenous community and/or organizations provides strategic oversight and guidance to our efforts to advance reconciliation. They also inform our truth and reconciliation information and programming that we make available internally and externally.
Together the advisory council publishes and frequently updates our free business resource the Truth and Reconciliation Roadmap (TRR).
An advisory body of 32 community leaders, diversity and inclusion practitioners, individuals with lived experience and allied stakeholders, provides strategic oversight and guidance to CODE in designing and delivering CODE information and programming.
A few organizations that are included in this Community Collaborative include: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, Education Canada Group, Inclusion Winnipeg, SCE Lifeworks, Pride Winnipeg, Rainbow Resource Centre and more.
An advisory council of 18 members that represent a mix of newcomer service agencies and businesses in Winnipeg, advise us on the creation and execution of our Newcomer Employment Hub initiative within CODE. The Hub aims to streamline the connection between newcomer job seekers who are represented by newcomer service agencies with Winnipeg businesses who are eager to tap into a diverse talent pool.
In addition to these advisory councils, we have hosted 7 focus groups and several community consultations this year that allowed us to listen to more voices and experiences of people from equity deserving groups.
**These Chamber advisory boards are co-led by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Sanjana Vijayann and President & CEO, Loren Remillard.**
Communities in Focus
As we pursue the movement to equity and the rebalancing of opportunity and outcomes, CODE and our DEI efforts center women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons living with disabilities, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community.