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  • Looking at the Ontario budget through a talent lens

    At MaRS, my team and I work to create a pipeline of diverse talent that will succeed in Toronto’s tech sector through a combination of programming and advocating for new policies. Coming off the heels of our Talent Fuels Tech report, we wanted to take a look at the latest Ontario Budget to see how […]

    March 29, 2018

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  • Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality

    Note: This piece was originally published in TechCrunch. If you have interviewed for a technology job, there’s a good chance the words “culture” and “fit” made an appearance during the phone-screen phase, or in early rounds of interviews. It is no longer enough for a candidate — especially early to mid-career — to arrive to […]

    March 22, 2018

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  • Tech’s obsession with cultural fit feeds its diversity problem

    Note: This piece was originally published in the Globe and Mail. If you’re looking for a good tech job, it’s not enough to have a sparkling resume and top-drawer coding skills. You also have to come off as a fit for the team. In the past decade, the idea of hiring for “cultural fit” – […]

    January 25, 2018

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  • Applications Now Open for MaRS Studio Y 2017–2018 Fellowship

    What is required to transform our economy while solving our most complex social challenges? Where do we find inspiration to yield novel results? These are the questions that preoccupy Studio Y Fellows — and MaRS positions them to begin working on the answers. If you want to be a cross-sector innovator who can intervene within […]

    May 4, 2017

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  • Studio Y launches Cohort IV to lead systems change in Ontario

    This week marks the formal launch of MaRS Studio Y’s Cohort IV, which brings together the fourth group of exceptional young people to undertake fellowships in our trailblazing leadership program. We’re betting that we have found 25 of Ontario’s best and brightest young people to participate in this year’s eight-month session. Although their interests and […]

    September 15, 2016

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  • Announcing the Studio Y program redesign and application launch

    At Studio Y we believe that the world’s most challenging problems cannot be solved in isolation. We need collaborative, nimble leaders who can navigate change as globalization and technology continue to disrupt our economy. Studio Y is helping to create these leaders through the Studio Y Fellowship, an experiential program that promotes creative risk-taking and […]

    May 12, 2016

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  • Building an innovation nation of young leaders

    For a boy who fled political unrest in Nigeria with his mother and siblings only to grow up amid poverty and gun violence in Toronto’s Jamestown neighbourhood, Lekan Olawoye comes by his community activism honestly. He has been a respected youth leader in the city’s Rexdale and Weston-Mount Dennis communities, a former chair of the […]

    April 28, 2016

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  • The Future of Leadership: Canada’s Strategy for Youth Leadership and Innovation

    At Studio Y, we believe that social innovation happens at the intersection of sectors, people and ideas. No single sector or person has a monopoly on the solutions to today’s large systemic problems. Rather, in order to build solutions that recognize the diverse needs of our global community, we require leaders who can understand, convene, […]

    January 26, 2016

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