Sequence Bio is proud to share that the company was recognized with the inaugural Hatch Women in Tech Advocate Award at last week’s techNL Industry Awards.
The award - which was presented at a ceremony in St. John’s on Thursday, October 21 - honours an individual, team, or organization/company in our provincial tech sector that has gone above and beyond to encourage recruitment and retention of people who identify as women in tech and make a positive influence in diversity and inclusion.
We know that diversity helps drive innovation. But, in Canada, women make up less than 23% of the STEM workforce. Tackling gender inequity head on is a shared responsibility, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It requires intentional, daily action at every level of the organization. Sequence Bio has taken many deliberate, evidence-based steps to achieve and maintain gender parity (>50% representation of women) across our company. This is more than double the Canadian average, and we have turned advocacy into action by challenging and enabling our peers to do the same by launching The Gender Diversity Playbook.
“As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we have a reputation for punching above our weight on the national and international stage. We owe it to the future of our sector to also show that leadership for gender equity,” said CEO Chris Gardner at the ceremony. He used the opportunity to challenge other companies in the technology and innovation sector to embrace the Gender Diversity Playbook and work towards gender parity in their organizations.
“We can make a real impact. We can unlock the full potential of our sector. And we can do it better together.”