Diverse workforce helps research centre reach milestone

Canada’s cultural diversity is an economic advantage: Survey
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/13/2007

More than three-quarters of Canadians believe a workforce diverse in culture and background contributes to innovation and creates a stronger business landscape, according to a recent survey.

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga, Ont., surveyed 1,000 workers across Canada this summer to better understand what factors contribute to innovation and business success.

“We continuously look to the factors that affect the innovativeness and effectiveness of our research centre. We believed that diversity is an important factor, but we wanted to make sure,” said Hadi Mahabadi, vice-president and manager of the centre, which does research for the document and imaging giant in areas such as colour science, computing and digital imaging.