The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess demonstrated that cultural diversity is a competitive advantage at a meeting with successful companies in Toronto.
‘Social innovation’ and ‘diversity’ were the watchwords at the seminar attended by Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon for the opening of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Toronto on Wednesday, the last day of their Canada visit.
At the seminar they met companies that have done well, and learned that the key to success is to not let disability, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation limit participation in the workplace.
This in turn has contributed to the development of enterprise and increased market opportunities.
Toronto is a very multicultural city. Diversity work is practiced actively, and is seen to have an important competitive advantage internationally, which encourages in attracting and retaining the best talent.
During the morning, the prince and princess also saw a presentation of Norwegian ‘medtech’ companies and a Norwegian tunnel collaborative project.
Later in the day, there was a flower laying ceremony at Little Norway Park, Harbour Front Park and Recreation Area, for the City of Toronto.
The memorial park was opened by the (then) Crown Prince Harald in September 1976.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today