EY Canada has expanded their Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence (NCoE) network to Calgary.
Starting in Philadelphia in 2016, the NCoE model has expanded globally, including a rapidly growing Canadian team that spans across Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax.
NCoE’s strength-based talent model unlocks the potential of neurodiverse talent pools to integrate advanced business and technology capabilities, with knowledge in areas like data analytics, blockchain, AI, risk and audit to help clients overcome some of their most complex business challenges.
By developing accessible processes and environments where neurodivergent employees can thrive, the NCoE has achieved a 92% retention rate among employees to date.
“To drive sustainable growth, we know businesses need to continually innovate, diversify their workforce and identify new sources of talent,” shares Alison Jackson, Calgary Managing Partner at EY Canada. “Expanding the NCoE to Calgary allows us to access local talented, project-ready consultants who are familiar with local priorities and values in prominent energy, agriculture, technology sectors and beyond.”
Beyond physical expansion, the NCoE model has evolved since its inception to provide a unique, end-to-end Neurodiversity Inclusion Consulting service that offers advanced technology capabilities to help organizations better recruit, onboard and develop a neurodiverse workforce, including the likes of National Bank of Canada.
“We know other organizations have similar desires to expand inclusion efforts and leverage neurodiverse teams to address high-demand areas such as cybersecurity, emerging technologies and risk management to drive innovation and productivity,” explains Anthony Rjeily, Digital Transformation and Innovation Leader at EY Canada. “Through the NCoE, we’re creating supportive working environments that fuel innovation, bring a new dimension of creativity and drive greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace — both at the firm and among our clients.”
This news follows the launch of the EY Finance Centre of Excellence in Calgary earlier this year, which offers cutting-edge internal finance services. Both Centres join a growing list of EY Centres of Excellence worldwide with distinct areas of focus ranging from cybersecurity, innovation and analytics to robotic process automation and manufacturing services.