PANEL: THE NEW FRONTIER: DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORKFORCE

PANEL: THE NEW FRONTIER: DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORKFORCE

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM

Beyond fairness and legality, progressive organizations are evolving to also think about diversity in terms of innovation and creativity. Don’t miss this panel of insightful debate from innovate thinkers – which might just include the game-changing strategy your company needs to innovate.

  • How can we hire and manage differently and promote varied cognitive thought
  • How to encourage employees to feel comfortable sharing new thoughts
  • Promoting diverse thought and inspiring people while encouraging collaboration and innovation
  • Securing approval and buy in from upper management

Moderator:
Sara Cooper — Talent Director, Portfolio Companies, OMERS Ventures

Speakers:
Sonia Morgan — Head of Talent, Capital One Canada
Annette van't Spyker — Vice President, HR and Talent at Capgemini
Cherise Mendoza — Head of HR, Microsoft
Kim Tabac — Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte

PANEL: NAVIGATING GENDER & SEXUALITY WITH EMPLOYEES IN A CHANGING WORKPLACE

PANEL: NAVIGATING GENDER & SEXUALITY WITH EMPLOYEES IN A CHANGING WORKPLACE

2:45 PM – 3:35 PM

We’re all impacted by the way gender is currently perceived and constrained – yet everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable at work.

In this fascinating panel, you’ll learn how to approach questions around LGB+ employment and how to facilitate LGB+ inclusion to the broader benefit of all employees, customers and clients.

  • How to approach LGB+ employment concerns
  • Communication strategies to prompt meaningful conversations and make employees feel safe
  • Overcoming and addressing the stigma of gender in our community and workplaces
  • Creating safe workplaces where LGB+ can advance careers without facing barriers
  • The role of LGBT+ Employee Resource Groups in a successful programs

Moderator:
Colin Druhan — Executive Director, Pride at Work, Canada

Speakers:
Aaron Poirier — Hosteling International
Dr. Raeleen Manjak — Director of Human Resources, City of Vernon
Anne Nickerson — Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Program, City of Vancouver

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PANEL: WHAT DOES DIVERSITY IN 2018 LOOK LIKE?

PANEL: WHAT DOES DIVERSITY IN 2018 LOOK LIKE?

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Canada is changing - and workplace demographics are changing with it.

The aboriginal population is increasing, young people are facing more eldercare responsibilities, Baby Boomers are working longer and facing more disabilities, women have greater influence in the workplace and more people are identifying as LBTIQ. How should HR professionals be thinking about diversity and inclusion today?

In this panel you’ll hear about:

  • Preparing a successful business case for diversity initiatives
  • The state of workplace gender issues today - is feminism dead?
  • How should we talk about visible minorities in the workplace?
  • Language barriers that still cloud our workplace
  • How can we break down walls and ‘get uncomfortable’?

Moderator:
Naomi Titleman Colla — Founder and Principal, Collaborativity Leadership Advisory

Speakers:
Chandran Fernando — Matrix360*formally Matrix Search Group
Satvir Tkachuk — Vice President Human Resources, Manitoba Public Insurance
Irena Stropnik — Director & Team Lead, Lean, Scotia Bank
Dr. Branka Agic — Associate Field Director, Masters in Community Health, University
of Toronto