Join our 11th Annual Diversity@Work conference to delve into the future of inclusion in the workplace towards a successful economic recovery.
9:00am – 9:10am: Registration and Networking
9:10am – 9:15am: Land Acknowledgement & Welcome Address
Surranna Sandy (CEO, Skills for Change)
Diversity@Work goes Digital!
Tuesday, November 24 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Agenda to follow
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Skills for Change is proud to host Diversity@Work Conference,
an annual professional conference dedicated to building inclusive and productive workplaces.
“Reflect on the Past, Prepare for the Future”
A diversity lens to becoming a global powerhouse economy.
We will welcome 300+ attendees and speakers to explore the practices of diversity and inclusion in the workplace!
President and Founder Dialectic
‘Diversity Training Days’ Don’t Work. So How Do You Design a Program That Makes Things Better?
Backed by data and evidence from the behavioural, social and cognitive sciences, Dr. Aaron Barth, Founder and President of Dialectic, will explain the reasons behind the truth we all intuitively know: One-day diversity training doesn’t make our workplaces more inclusive, diverse, or equitable – and can actually have the opposite effect.
He’ll share evidence-based secrets to creating education that beats bias, improves inclusion for diverse groups, and delivers real, measurable business results. Dr. Barth’s keynote will highlight D&I Learning Snippets, a program he has helped progressive organizations implement with demonstrable success.
Vice President Talent Acquisition and Development Sun Life
Conference Speakers and Panelists
Senior Manager, Inclusive Recruitment,
Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer, KPMG Canada
Vice President, People and Culture, United Way Greater Toronto
Manager, Talent Acquisition Fiix Software
Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, BlackRock
Associate, DLA Piper
The 2019 Diversity@Work Conference marks the tenth anniversary of the Skills for Change cornerstone event. We invite you to join us this year in reflecting upon our decade long journey, while also helping to ensure a bright future for diversity and inclusivity in the Canadian workplace.
Many organizations distribute diversity policies alongside their HR manuals, but inclusion at work is not merely a formality — it’s a nuanced arena facing many intersecting challenges, changes, uncertainties, and grey areas. We need, now more than ever, to build a better culture of inclusion in the workplace to uphold Canada as a globally competitive economic power.
Nearly forty years ago Skills for Change, a nonprofit settlement agency in Toronto, assumed a leadership role in its community to address policy, undertake public education, and research challenges facing immigrants and refugees. At the same time, Skills for Change pioneered innovative service models specific to internationally trained professionals, in part because we have always recognized the invaluable contributions newcomers make to the Canadian economy.
For the past decade Skills for Change has hosted Diversity@Work, the professional development conference dedicated to building an inclusive and productive Canadian workforce. This conference was also created for corporate leaders and HR professionals alike to discuss how to better increase the participation of marginalized groups in the Canadian labour market through the lens of diversity and inclusion.
Even after ten years of our rewarding Diversity@Work journey, we still see the crucial need for cultural diversity and social inclusion in the Canadian workplace.
Please join us for the 10th Annual Diversity@Work Conference to reflect upon the past decade, while also preparing for a healthy and profitable tomorrow for everyone in Canada. Our speakers — each of whom have disrupted, pioneered, and innovated our workplaces — will discuss their experiences, current practices, and also provide useful tools and resources to help us prepare for the future.
We hope you see you on September 20th, 2019!