Speakers

Deon Blyan

Deon Blyan

Director, Global Talent Development

Sunwing Travel Group

Driven to help people thrive in dynamic organizational cultures, Deon spent 17 years in corporate retail operations in roles focused within learning, development and people initiatives. After completing his Masters of Arts in Leadership in 2015, Deon aligned his career focus by officially joining the People & Culture side of business through a relocation from Calgary Alberta to Toronto Ontario.

Now within North America’s largest vertically integrated travel group, Deon oversees a unique portfolio that brings talent acquisition, training, development and engagement teams under one umbrella within the People & Culture department. With one lens and a global view to a complex and diverse multi-divisional, multi-national company, Deon is responsible for bringing aligned methods of support and a collaborative approach while maintaining divisional uniqueness where necessary.

Dana J. Campbell-Stevens

Dana J. Campbell-Stevens

Workplace Investigator, Trainer & Mediator

Rubin Thomlinson

Dana J. Campbell-Stevens is a Workplace Investigator, Trainer & Mediator at Rubin Thomlinson LLP, a law firm specializing in workplace and institutional investigations and assessments, tactical training for HR professionals, and consulting. Dana has over 10 years combined experience in Ontario and the Caribbean and has been called to the Bar of Ontario, Anguilla and Jamaica. At Rubin Thomlinson, Dana investigates diverse issues, including bullying, verbal and psychological harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct. Dana also conducts workplace assessments, workplace policy reviews, supports clients in workplace restoration processes and she is a Qualified Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada. In addition, Dana conducts training sessions to educate clients on workplace issues.

Jill Chesley

Jill Chesley

Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Respect in the Workplace, Employee Services

City of Edmonton

Jill Chesley is the Diversity & Inclusion Lead at the City of Edmonton and guides the implementation of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and anti-racism activities, as well as leading Employee Resource Networks. Jill is the Founding Chair of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network, and founded the National Municipal Network of D&I Professionals. Jill brings domestic and international experience and over 20 years of experience in the non-profit, private and public sectors, including working in the USA, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Afghanistan. Jill has subject-matter expertise in the fields of intercultural competence, equity, diversity and inclusion, particularly in large, complex organizations. Jill has an MA in Intercultural Relations, is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and a Senior Facilitator in Personal Leadership.

Sharon Chung

Sharon Chung

Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Sourcing

TD

Sharon Chung is part of TD’s Diversity and Inclusion team and is proud to lead the LGBTQ2+ Talent Strategy, where her primary focus is to source, attract, and advocate for the hiring of top LGBTQ2+ talent Canada wide.

She also leads TD’s Diversity Sourcing team focused exclusively on sourcing People with Disabilities, Visible Minorities, Indigenous People and Women in Leadership.

Sharon has over 30 years experience at TD holding a variety of roles within the Retail Branch network, Process Improvement, Customer Care, Collections and most recently Human Resources, within Talent Acquisition and the D&I space.

Sharon is a member of TD’s LGBTQ2+ Employee Resource Group, co-leading the Women’s strategy. She is also the Chair of the Women’s strategy on the board of Pride at Work Canada.

Chris Crespo

Inclusiveness Director, Talent Team

Ernst & Young LLP

Chris is a Director at EY who inspires people to lead authentically while connecting people to achieve more together through EY’s Professional Networks, LGBT+ inclusiveness strategy, and supporting EY’s equality advocacy. With 30+ years at EY in Tax and on the Talent team, her efforts have been recognized with the inaugural Americas Chairman’s Values Award at EY and the Trailblazer Award by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.  EY has been a leader recognized on DiversityInc specialty lists for Employee Resource Groups and LGBT+ inclusion since Chris has led these initiatives. Chris resides in New Jersey, uses Chris/she/they pronouns and can be contacted at chris.crespo@ey.com.

Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

Founder

Diversity Institute

Academic Director

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University

Dr. Wendy Cukier is the Diversity Institute Founder, Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre. She is the co-author of the bestseller, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and former VP of Research and Innovation. The Diversity Institute has 75 research staff, 100 research associates from around the world, 200 industry partners and focuses on dimensions of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, future skills, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Harnessing the power of innovation, it promotes the advancement of underrepresented groups. The Diversity Institute is also a research lead for the $300 million Future Skills Centre and the $8.6 million Women Entrepreneurship Hub. Wendy has been recognized with the Harry Jerome Diversity Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council’s Female Professional of the Year, the Metropolis Research Award, the CATA Alliance, Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN. She has been named a YWCA Woman of Distinction and one of the International Women’s Forum 2020 Women Who Make a Difference, a Woman of Influence and one of the “100 Alumni who shaped the Century” by the University of Toronto. Wendy holds a PhD, an MBA, an MA, and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.

Helen Grantis

Helen Grantis

Specialist in Accessible and Inclusive Staffing and Assessment

Public Service Commission of Canada

Helen Grantis is an employment advisor and analyst with a specialty in staffing and assessment.  She is a senior psychologist at the Personnel Psychology Centre at the Public Service Commission of Canada and has 15 years of experience providing advice and guidance on accommodation and inclusive and accessible staffing and assessment. She has a passion for providing support and outreach to equity deserving Canadians who are looking for work, and provides consultation and volunteer services to organizations supporting the employment of new Canadians and Persons with Disabilities.

Miranda McKie

Miranda McKie

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Analytics Principal

McKie Consultants

Miranda McKie is a People Analytics Consultant that specializes in Inclusion and Diversity. She helps her clients leverage data as a corporate asset through the development of solution architecture and the implementation of advanced analytics that supports organizations’ Inclusion and Diversity strategic objectives.

Miranda has worked at top-tier consulting firms in data architecture, data engineering, data analytics and data strategy. Previously, she also led the People Analytics function for Accenture Applied Intelligence Canada.

Miranda is passionate about advancing women, and women of colour in the workplace. She has worked on various initiatives focused on utilizing artificial intelligence capabilities to gain insights on systemic barriers that impact marginalized groups. Her work has led her to be the 2020 recipient of Catalyst Canada’s Emerging Leader Award.

Miranda believes in giving back to the community.  She currently lectures at Canadian Universities teaching People Analytics. Miranda previously sat on the Toronto Board of Trade’s Young People’s Committee. She has led  various Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) at previous organizations and was also the Co-founder and President of a non-profit, Young Women in Business (YWiB) Toronto, which provides over a thousand Toronto women with a strong and sustainable network of support to enable their professional development.

Brandy Ryan

Brandy Ryan

Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Equality

Canada Post

Brad Spence

Brad Spence

Indigenous and Community Relations Specialist, Professional Services

ECO Canada

Brad is a proud member of the Saddle Lake Cree First Nation. He has over 15 years experience in the Oil & Gas sector in stakeholder relations. Brad has worked for some of the largest organizations in Canada, including Imperial Oil and Kiewit Corp. Brad has Worked on some of Alberta’s largest Oil Sands Projects including Imperial’s Kearl Oil Sands, and Cold Lake operations where he was an integral part of their Indigenous Relations Team and the Indigenous communities within the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Brad has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada focusing on community investment (Philanthropy), consultation, business, and workforce development. He is a relationship driven individual who has a keen ability to build partnerships and collaborate on projects concerning socioeconomic issues.  Brad is an integral part of the ECO Canada team, assisting with stakeholder engagement, program development and project work relating to the BEAHR program.

Karen Wensley

Karen Wensley

Karen N Wensley Consulting

Karen Wensley was the Managing Partner, People at Ernst & Young Canada until her retirement in 2020.  Prior to that role, she led the firm’s tax practice for technology clients. Since her retirement from Ernst & Young, she has had a multi-faceted work life.  She taught professional ethics at the University of Waterloo from 2010 – 2019 and wrote the monthly ethics column for CPA Magazine.  She is the author of the book The Power of Personal Branding for Career Success. She provides executive coaching and team effectiveness consulting services and mentors new immigrants through the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council. She is a frequent speaker of all of these topics.

Karen is a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Trillium Heath Partners and Gore Mutual Insurance and a member of the board of directors of Amref Health Canada, a charity that focuses on improving the health of women and children in Africa. She also authored a white paper for the Information Technology Association of Canada entitled “Gender diversity of boards of directors of Canadian ICT companies: Where we are, Why it matters, and Overcoming the challenges.”

Zoya Zayler

Zoya Zayler

Inclusion & Diversity Lead

Accenture in Canada

Zoya Zayler leads Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) for Canada at Accenture where she drives Accenture’s I&D strategy and provides the organization with strategic direction to achieve its I&D goals. As an I&D thought leader, she has empowered Accenture to turn I&D commitments into actionable practices that have advanced inclusivity and resulted in sustainable change. She is passionate about fostering inclusion, ensuring equity and celebrating uniqueness.

Zoya’s background is in Human Resources, with global experience in France and in India. She holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). She was recently recognized as one of WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women, received the 2019 CCDI D&I Practitioner of the Year award and was one of HRD’s 2018 Top 22 Most Promising Young HR Professionals in Canada.