Canada's tech and innovation leaders launch new anti-racism coalition
Senior leaders in Canada’s tech and innovation sectors have launched a new anti-racism initiative, the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR). The coalition’s mandate is to combat systemic racism in the innovation economy and “create pathways” for Black people, Indigenous peoples, and people of colour. “For real change, we need to steer Canada’s innovation economy towards ensuring equal opportunity for every Canadian.”The coalition aims to leverage the strong institutional influence of its members, along with a system-focused approach, to effect broader change across Canada’s innovation economy. “For real change, we need to steer Canada’s innovation economy towards ensuring equal opportunity for every Canadian, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The coalition also intends to collaborate with other anti-racism initiatives, like Wes Hall’s recently launched Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism.