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SIOP Spotlight on Pro-social and Advocacy Work: Canaan Legault

Canaan Legault is a SIOP Student Affiliate and PhD candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. His recent research has looked at individual differences that predict optimal risk taking within work simulations. As a member of the Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting (WORC) Group, he worked on a student team as a part of the University of Waterloo’s HeForShe campaign. HeForShe is an international campaign to engage men in the fight for gender equality. HeForShe is run by UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

We asked Canaan to tell us a little bit about his prosocial work on the HeForShe campaign.

This work arose as part of a school project for his organization development class. There was a history of doing local consulting in the department, but in recent years this practice had largely ceased. Canaan and his classmates decided to revive the WORC Group by reaching out to other departments and organizations across campus to offer their services as I-O psychologists. At the same time, the Waterloo Arts Department had fielded a survey for the HeForShe campaign about gender issues on campus. Canaan and his classmates reached out to the head of this initiative and developed an opportunity to collaborate with the group. This work provided professional development and practical experience to students by allowing them to take the lead on project that was meaningful to students. Since this collaboration, students in the WORC Group have also been involved in assisting local student government organizations in addition to some paid consulting work.

The I-O expertise of Canaan and his team helped to:

  • Make recommendations to the University of Waterloo Arts Department HeForShe campaign regarding ways to improve their data collection
  • Contextualize free text survey responses within the literature on gender equality
  • Thematically analyze the free-text responses to provide insight into what people were talking about, how the data connects to each other, and what actions the campaign might take

More details about the HeForShe campaign, UN Women, and the Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting Group can be found here:

http://www.heforshe.org/en
http://www.unwomen.org/en
https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-organizational-research-and-consulting-group/