Moving from inclusion policies to practice is more relevant today than ever for a successful economic recovery. Automation, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement have shaped 2020 and challenged all organizations to act, especially to support newcomers, immigrants, and individuals from BIPOC communities.

Join our 11th Annual Diversity@Work conference to delve into the future of inclusion in the workplace towards a successful economic recovery.

Agenda

 


Speakers

 


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

 


Lead Sponsor

CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring our members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We serve and support 92,000 members and 21,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academia. Learn More

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PAST EVENT

 

 


 

 

Skills for Change is proud to host Diversity@Work Conference,

 

an annual professional conference dedicated to building inclusive and productive workplaces.

 

 

The 10th Annual Diversity@Work 2019

 

 

“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!

 

 


 

 

Keynote Speakers

 

 

 

 

Dr. Aaron Barth

 

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.

Helen Peng

Vice President Talent Acquisition and Development Sun Life

Conference Speakers and Panelists

Vivian Li

Senior Manager, Inclusive Recruitment,

Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer, KPMG Canada

Rahima Mamdani

Vice President, People and Culture, United Way Greater Toronto

Dean Delpeache

Manager, Talent Acquisition Fiix Software

Lisa Kelly

Co-founder & Partner Abilocity

Cassie Myers

Founder SheLeads

Natai Shelsen

Associate, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Janey Buzugbe

Senior Accounts Manager, Talent X

Eleanor McIntyre

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, BlackRock

Duncan Burns-Shillington

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!