Inclusive Innovation
is the Future.

The Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), unites top Canadian tech and innovation leaders to dismantle structural racism. Through initiatives like the ACCELERATE Mentorship program, we empower BIPOC leaders, build diverse pipelines, and foster connections and opportunities for long-term change.

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270
Executives
in reciprocal mentoring
$400,000
Invested in Black-led businesses,
across 96 grants with 1,700+ applicants
450
Increased mentoring opportunities
for BIPOC youth in tech & innovation
30
CILAR Aspiring Innovator
Award recipients

As Seen On

Check out what CILAR has been up to recently!

Maya Roy joins Breakfast Television to discuss workplace racism.

Recent survey reveals BIPOC Canadians are 10 times more likely to leave their jobs due to workplace racism

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CILAR's Q&A with the Toronto Star!

Diversity (still) matters: How to make inclusion a corporate priority.

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CILAR taking a stand on the global stage!

“It’s difficult to hold tension in workplaces, but we should have enough compassion to listen to people’s experiences and say, ‘How can I help?’” - Nabeela Elsayed

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Conversations in the workplace

Maya Roy, CEO of the Coalition for Innovation Leaders Against Racism, shines a light on workplace issues that can be emotional & frustrating.

Watch the interview here

Insights from one of CILAR's very own!

Ismail Mohamud speaks on how young job-seekers are qualified and tech savvy but struggle as recruitment-by-algorithm takes hold.

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What We Do

To date, CILAR has successfully designed and implemented programs to help dismantle systemic racism by working with top innovation leaders, their organizations, Canadian youth and aspiring leaders.

Register for ACCELERATE Mentorship

A dynamic two-way mentorship program.

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HP Canada & KPMG Co-Created Playbook

Re-think and reinvent the employee lifecycle.
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ACCELERATE 
Leadership

Reshape your responsibilities and foster an inclusive workplace.

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Testimonials

"The ACCELERATE Mentorship program allows diversity in leadership and shows how we can embrace that together. And so the first thing is really, I imagine if I can be surrounded by people from different backgrounds, from different industries, I will be able to improve my cultural competence.

Tam Nguyen

Co-Founder, In-Heart Sight (IHS) Community
"I spoke at CILAR's ACCELERATE Leadership Program about being an effective executive champion and shared my DEI leadership journey, emphasizing the importance of courage, intersectionality, and ongoing education for creating inclusive workplaces. I look forward to continuing the conversation and working toward a more inclusive future.

Avelia Stewart

Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Sustainability, Western Financial Group
"I spoke at CILAR's ACCELERATE Leadership Program about being an effective executive champion and shared my DEI leadership journey, emphasizing the importance of courage, intersectionality, and ongoing education for creating inclusive workplaces. I look forward to continuing the conversation and working toward a more inclusive future.

Avelia Stewart

Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Sustainability, Western Financial Group

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