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Digital Policy Salon - Supporting Gender Equity in Tech Workplaces
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #68 • View online
Welcome to the 68th issue of the Digital Policy Salon newsletter.
This week, we’re featuring a new paper on gender equity in Canada’s technology ecosystem: the study synthesizes new and existing research on ways to improve recruitment, retention, and career advancement for equity-deserving groups. Furthermore, our policy updates bring important news from the G7 and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, including new commitments to education, technology, and climate change mitigation from the Canadian government.
We’re also highlighting an interview with Tamara Goddard, CEO of Four Our Future, on her experience as an Indigenous woman and leader in the technology sector. Finally, in “what we’re reading,” be sure to check out coverage on wage-fixing in Canada, health influencers, open science, and a robot that can read body language to be a better co-worker.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Canada pledges funding for artificial intelligence, global health, and distance learning initiatives at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Last week, Canada met with Commonwealth countries in Rwanda, where world leaders discussed global health, education, and food insecurity. Food insecurity has been magnified by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as Ukraine is a critical source for staples in many African countries. In the meeting, Canada made several funding announcements, investing close to $500 million, including $250 million for emergency food assistance. Commonwealth of Learning, a Burnaby, BC-based organization, received renewed funding of $7.8 million to continue its work on distance learning and technology-enabled learning projects. Canada reaffirmed its commitment to gender equity, empowering women and girls, and sexual and reproductive health and rights, by investing in 11 initiatives that total $120 million in funding. Among the initiatives to receive funding, $15.5 million was allocated for artificial intelligence and global health.
G7 leaders announce further sanctions against Russia and aim to form a Climate Club
In Germany this week, G7 countries made a pledge to ban or phase out Russian coal and oil. Canada also reaffirmed sanctions against Russia, including measures to further cut off Russia from the international financial system. To support Ukraine, Canada announced aid packages including $75 million in humanitarian aid, $52 million for agricultural solutions, and $15 million to support mine clearing efforts in the country.
G7 leaders also announced their aim to establish a Climate Club by the end of 2022. The Climate Club will work towards goals set out in the Paris Agreement and will build partnerships to incorporate best practices and compare effective strategies, further the Industrial Decarbonisation Agenda and the Hydrogen Action Plan, and build international cooperation, leveraging Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs), as an example. 
Government of Canada seeking input on critical minerals strategy
The Government of Canada has recently published a discussion paper on the country’s critical mineral strategy, and is currently conducting consultations until September 15th, 2022. The Government is interested in hearing from key stakeholders on priority areas that include climate change action, economic growth and competitiveness, Indigenous reconciliation, global security and partnerships, and diverse and inclusive workforces that will help shape the critical mineral strategy.
Second phase of Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy hopes to accelerate commercialization of artificial intelligence
On June 22, 2022, the Government of Canada announced the launch of the second phase of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. The first phase launched in 2017. Since then, 1,500 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows have been trained by national AI institutes, and the Canadian CIFAR AI chair has supported over 100 top researchers to strengthen research, innovation, and training. In the second phase, the Government of Canada is prioritizing commercialization and computing capacity, measures supported by ICTC’s 2021 Maximizing Strengths and Spearheading Opportunity: Towards an Industrial Strategy for Canadian Artificial Intelligence white paper.
Social media companies sign EU code of practice on disinformation
Social media giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Twitch, and TikTok are among a list of firms that have signed the EU’s 2022 Code of Practice on Disinformation. The 2018 code of practice has been updated to include measures to combat manipulative behaviour, improve transparency and accountability, and implement procedures to reduce the spread of disinformation across EU countries and languages. The commission plans to add new signatories to the code and develop legislation to improve the transparency of political advertising.
Research and Analysis
Gender Equity in Canada’s Tech Ecosystem - Digital Think Tank by ICTC
Interviews in the Field
Indigenous Women in Tech: Tech is About Ideas, Creativity, and Innovation
What We're Reading
How the 'hero pay' scandal prompted Ottawa to make wage-fixing illegal
Doctors on TikTok: The Dark Side of Medical Influencers
What is Open Science
This Warehouse Robot Reads Human Body Language to Be a Better Coworker
ICTC Career Opportunities
The vast majority of ICTC roles can be performed remotely. Consider applying even if you are not in the municipality listed.
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