Visible minorities make up a large percentage of brokers in Ontario, but hold far fewer roles as owners and managers than what would be proportional. To assist visible minorities’ rise to become managers and owners of brokerages, last year we created a bursary to our RIBO Level 2 class for visible minorities as a part of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategy.

This year’s recipient of our RIBO Level 2 DEI Bursary is Trisha Yusaf, an Account Manager in Surety.

“I am honored to have been selected and truly grateful for this opportunity. I have explored various positions within the industry for the last 14 years, learning as much as I possibly can. With this bursary, I have been afforded an equal opportunity to grow professionally. This would make me more eligible for a managerial role and I can take my career a step further,” said Trisha.

“As a woman and mother, I have a lot of factors that work against me in this industry. For example, I don’t golf or partake in spontaneous rounds of drinks, which is where many current leaders unite and form bonds. However, I have been fortunate to have found an employer that sees me for my experience and my potential.

“I am happy to say that there have been noticeable improvements in the industry over the recent years. This bursary is a great example of what DEI is all about. I would love to see more visible minorities in executive roles. Specifically, women being afforded the same opportunities as their male colleagues to advance their careers. Overall, I think we are heading in the right direction.”