Diversity and inclusion

A diverse and inclusive workforce has improved our work.

Diversity and inclusion provide different outlooks and ideas that are essential to the challenging work we do. Diverse world views, experiences, and perspectives change how we approach tough questions and how we bring new insight to existing problems.

Simply put, diversity helps us be stronger and more agile.

Official policies and plans

CSE’s diversity programs go far beyond the minimum requirements of the Employment Equity Act. We have developed numerous activities that keep us focused on inclusion, not just representation.

Our Employment Equity and Diversity Program focuses on awareness and communication initiatives for managers and employees. Some key elements of the Plan include:

  • mandatory harassment prevention training for all employees
  • diversity awareness articles posted on CSE’s communications channels
  • transformational leadership training with a focus on openness to diverse perspectives and ways of thinking
  • a self-identification program that enables CSE to assess how representative its workforce is and to involve employees on a voluntary basis in Human Resources programming
  • an Advisory Committee on Diversity and Employment Equity that meets regularly to develop recommendations, exchange information and organize awareness events for the four federally-designated equity groups

Additionally, CSE has designated an Executive Champion for Employment Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism. Our employees volunteer their time to work with this Executive Champion to build a greater awareness of diversity and inclusion, and to promote it within CSE.

Some of the diversity initiatives supported by our Executive Champion and a team of employee volunteers are:

Women in Cyber and Intelligence (WICI)

Created in 2018, WICI is a network of employees committed to promoting the advancement, equality, and interests of women across the organization.

WICI directs its activities toward recognizing leadership role models, celebrating achievements, and finding ways for women’s voices to be heard and amplified on a daily basis.

LGBTQ2+

CSE has established an Inclusion Committee that supports members of the LGBTQ2+ community and their allies within CSE. The Committee:

  • produced an internal awareness campaign to promote an inclusive culture at CSE
  • helped create positive space training for CSE employees
  • repurposed washrooms and changerooms within the building to be gender-neutral
  • holds information sessions on transgender and non-binary gender identities
  • developed employee orientation materials that include information on transgender issues

Outside of CSE’s walls, our employees regularly participate in Pride Week activities in Ottawa, and our executives proudly march in the Pride Parade.

Immediately outside our main building, we have painted two permanent exterior walkways with Pride and Transgender colours. Each year we drape additional banners over our parking garage and light up our building with rainbow colours at night during Pride celebrations in Ottawa.

Cultural celebrations

Diversity is what makes CSE strong, so we make time to embrace our differences through annual employee-led celebrations honouring:

  • Canadian Multiculturalism Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Indigenous Awareness Week
  • International Day for Persons with Disabilities
  • Day of Pink
  • Asian Heritage Month
  • Pride Month
  • Black History Month

Linguistic duality

Canada’s two official languages, English and French, are fundamental elements of our public service.

At CSE, we aim to create an inclusive culture that respects the language rights of our employees and of Canadian citizens.

We encourage linguistic duality in the following ways:

Leadership

Our managers demonstrate leadership by using both official languages in all their interactions.

New employees

All new employees and students are invited to information sessions which include an introduction to CSE’s Official Languages programs.

Training

We offer staff ongoing opportunities to improve their second language skills through full-time, part-time and online training.

Informal learning

We also offer special second-language learning events, translation tools and mentorship opportunities that complement our formal training programs.

Internal promotion

We continuously promote our Official Languages programs and engage employees in the languages of their choice on our internal communications channels.

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