Agenda

Day One: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

11:00 EDT

15 min

Break

11:15 EDT

45 min
Michael Milanese

Building Bridges to Indigenous Communities to Boost Recruitment and Increase Sense of Belonging

Michael Milanese, CEO, Milanese Advisory Services

  • Helping companies delivering culturally sensitive and relevant information to Indigenous leaders, decision-makers, and community members across Canada
  • Inclusion strategies for organizations and government departments
  • The need to make connections on many levels
  • Building trust and telling your relevant, authentic and compelling inclusion story that will lead to long-term Indigenous relationships that will add value across all areas of your business
  • “The corporate brand must be viewed as the bridge between the organization and the Aboriginal workforce”

12:00 EDT

60 min

Break

13:00 EDT

45 min
Jennifer Popkey

What I Have Learned Leading the “Canadian People with Disabilities Inclusive Recruitment” Portfolio at TD Disability

Jennifer Popkey, Diversity & Inclusion Talent Partner – People with Disabilities, TD Bank Group

  • What can be barriers to recruitment in your organization?
  • Initiatives to improve your recruitment process
  • Establishing internal and external relationships for ongoing recruitment
  • Different types of onboarding and ongoing support for new hires
  • Looking ahead in the recruitment space

13:45 EDT

45 min
Sacha de Klerk

Often Overlooked Questions Around Hiring and Promotion Decisions

Sacha de Klerk, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Is there a burning need for change?
  • How do you light the fire?
  • Is there accountability?
  • Is diversity part of senior management decision making?
  • “Will he or she fit in?”
  • Auditing hiring and promotion processes on basis of gender
  • The role of unconsious bias training
  • Checks and balances in decision making

14:30 EDT

15 min

Break

14:45 EDT

45 min
Natalia Eileen Villarman

Evidence Based Strategies to Mitigate the Negative Impact of Exclusion and Foster Workplace Belonging

Natalia Eileen Villarman, Founder and CEO, Seen@Work

  • Relationships among diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices and employees’ experiences at work
  • Factors driving feelings of inclusion and belonging in companies today
  • Which diversity and inclusion practices “work” and for which desired workplace outcomes
  • Evidence-based solutions for middle managers.
  • Mentoring and sponsorship
  • Managerial involvement
  • Workplace policies
  • Turnover intent

15:30 EDT

45 min

Deep Diversity and Intersectionality in Your Organization?

Jill Chesley, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Respect in the Workforce, Employee Services, City of Edmonton

  • Intersectionality is the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups.
  • Cumulative disadvantages and erasure faced by – for example – women of color, undocumented women, women with disabilities, women with children, queer and transwomen, and women who live at the intersections of multiple identities
  • What do you need to know about intersectionality in your organization?

16:15 EDT

60 min
Michelle Gorea

Black Canadians’ Perspectives of Social and Emotional Skills in the Workplace

Michelle Gorea, Senior Research Associate, Education and Skills, The Conference Board of Canada

  • Discussion of social and emotional skills and their role in the workplace.
  • Review of findings from our recent study that explores how Black Canadian professionals perceive the development, expressions, and evaluation of their social and emotional skills at work.
  • Exploration of why workplaces must recognize diverse understandings of social and emotional skills and create spaces where people feel they can safely express their skills regardless of identity.
  • Recommendations for leaders to consider as they work towards fostering more inclusive, equitable work environments.

17:00 EDT

End of Day One

Day Two: Thursday, September 29, 2022

10:15 EDT

45 min
Thushyanthi (Thushy) Muruges

Employee Resource Groups: How, Where, When and How?

Thushyanthi (Thushy) Muruges, Equitable Design Lead, People and Experience, Culture Amp

  • How are impactful ERGs created?
  • How do you connect people and keep the connections alive?
  • How ERG’s can act as a conduit for providing insights to leadership
  • Leveraging leadership support for ERGs
  • How ERG members can leverage ERG work for career development
  • employer branding and ERGs.
  • Communicating, setting goals and action items

11:00 EDT

15 min

Break

11:15 EDT

45 min
Kimberley Messer

Harnessing the Power of Allies in Support of the LGBT Community at IGM Financial

Kimberley Messer, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, IGM Financial

  • Importance of allies to all underrepresented and marginalized communities
  • Role of supportive open-minded and compassionate allies who are committed to breaking down barriers
  • What does it mean to be an ally?
  • Effective ways of harnessing allies to bring about positive culture change in the workplace
  • Role of active allies and the ally program at IGM Financial

12:00 EDT

60 min

Break

13:00 EDT

45 min
Wendy Cukier

Addressing Microaggressions

Wendy Cukier, Founder & Academic Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University

Created by the Black Business and Professional Association, the Canadian Congress on Diversity and Workplace Equity, Pride at Work Canada, and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute,  The Micropedia of Microaggressions equips Canadians with an understanding of one of the most common forms of discrimination—microaggressions—and supports training on equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Understandi the harmful impact of microaggressions on daily experience of many women, non-binary, Black, racialized, Indigenous, disabled and LGBTQ 2S individuals
  • Becoming aware of bias, stereotypes, offensive comments and behaviours
  • Mental health and physical impacts of microaggressions
  • Steps to unlearn behaviours

13:45 EDT

45 min
Robert Catalano

The Power of DEI Surveys & How You Can Use Them to Gather Impactful Insights

Robert Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango

  • Knowing what questions you need to ask and what data and metrics you need
  • Building alignment across the organization to collect DEI demographics and sentiment
  • How to leverage data and insights once it is collected
  • Best practices and stories of companies that are leading the way

14:30 EDT

15 min

Break

16:15 EDT

End of Day Two