Minorities pressured to ‘Canadianize’ themselves

Political correctness makes it difficult to address stereotypes
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/03/2008

Harry Sadhra knows how difficult it can be for visible minorities climbing the corporate ladder in Canada. A regional operating officer at RBC in Vancouver, he was born in Canada and is a South Asian Sikh who has a full beard and wears a turban.

“When you look different, you notice how people look at you differently,” said Sadhra.

Many of his Sikh colleagues, overwhelmed by the pressure to fit in, chose to shave their beards, cut their hair and remove their turbans. But not Sadhra.