This post was originally published on the CBA Legal Futures Initiative website, and is authored by Omar Ha-Redeye, a lawyer with Fleet Street Law, a part-time professor at Ryerson University and Centennial College, and a blogger here at SLAW.
One aspect of the future which hasn’t received as much attention is the significant demographic shift occurring in Canada.
Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson, authors of The Big Shift, The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future, spoke at the CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon recently on how the entire face of Canada is changing. Due to high immigration rates and population growth, the power bases of Canada are shifting west away from Quebec and the Maritimes and is much more diverse than in previous generations.
Dr. Arin Reeves, another plenary speaker and author of The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, spoke about how the business leadership of the future will need to properly leverage this diversity through inclusive practices.
Law firms are still struggling with understanding the nature of inclusiveness, and how to transform their organizations to attract the best talent. Law firms still focus on recruitment and expect diverse candidates to fit their culture, rather than the other way around.
Diversity is yet another opportunity for transformation within the legal profession. Are you ready for the future population changes coming to Canada?