Western University study finds visible minorities underrepresented in senior leadership positions
Published October 18, 2016
By Jennifer O’Brien, The London Free Press
The times may be a-changin’, but London is still largely run by white men, a new study has found.
Not one visible minority can be found in the 15 top-paying city of London management positions, according to the study conducted by Western University researchers in partnership with Pillar Nonprofit Network.
And when it comes to gender balance, the city doesn’t fare much better — with only 21 per cent of senior manager roles filled by women.
“I don’t think I expected the findings would be quite so severe,” said Victoria Esses, co-author of the study and a professor at Western University’s Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations.
Visible minorities, especially non-white women, were underrepresented almost across the board in London and Ottawa.
“I wasn’t really surprised by these results. It validates what I see,” said Dharshi Lacey of Pillar Nonprofit Network that commissioned the study.
Pillar is an agency that supports the city’s nonprofit organizations. The study is part of Pillar’s DiverseCity Onboard program that helps match qualified diverse candidates with nonprofit boards who have had challenges recruiting non-white members.