Insight Canada earns award for diversity and inclusion

Mergers and acquisitions are a risky proposition for several reasons, but perhaps one of the biggest risks is their potential impact on a company’s culture and identity.

Insight Canada has had to deal with a number of changes over the past several years as the international business went on a shopping spree. But thanks to strong leadership, company morale remains high, company reviews on Glassdoor for the Canadian business are overwhelmingly positive, and its senior vice-president and general manager John Dathan is optimistic about the future.

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“The studies have shown us that the more diverse the team is the more creative and the more different your ideas are going to be,” Dathan told Channel Daily News. “If all we do is the same old, same old, you’re going to get the same old, same old.”

Dathan says the global company recently had its first Diversity and Inclusion Day. The company brought in outside speakers to talk openly about various experiences that people have in the enterprise – both good and bad.

Working behind the scenes to help keep company morale high is an app that staff use to call out people who do something positive internally or for clients. Dathan says it creates an “insatiable drive” to perform at the highest level for each other and for customers.

To address the challenges that come with onboarding new hires who no longer have those physical water cooler moments or office tours, interview processes themselves have gone fully remote. Insight Canada has hired just under 50 people this year already, with more planned for the foreseeable future.

Dathan says the emphasis on diversity and inclusion comes from the very top of the corporate ladder with CEO Ken Lamneck, Insight’s president and CEO, who has made it clear that it’s not just a marketing gimmick but simply the right way to approach business.


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