Calgary organization provides Alberta’s first workplace EDI hub for employers


Equity, diversity and inclusion will improve innovation and make your business more sustainable, said the director of operations at a Calgary non-profit organization that’s launched Alberta’s first EDI workplace resource centre.

Earlier this week, Gateway Association – Calgary launched their GEDI – Hub. It’s dedicated to providing resources for employers wanting to move the needle on diversity in the workplace.

Sean McEwan, director of operations for Gateway, who expanded to Calgary from Edmonton where they’ve been operating for 25 years, said by 2035, 25 per cent of the workforce will have aged out.

“The replacement workers for that departing group will be new Canadians primarily, as well as underrepresented groups such as Indigenous people, people with disabilities,” he said.

“A lot of employers really struggle with the ‘how-to’ part of equity, diversity and inclusion.”

McEwan the benefits of EDI in the workplace are well documented.

“There’s excellent research to show that diversity brings better problem solving and better adaptation to your team,” he said.

“Innovation, creativity, employee engagement – so many positive impacts of having a diverse and inclusive workplace.”