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Diversity and Inclusion 2017: The Power of Inclusion

Monday December 11 - Tuesday December 12 2017 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Toronto, ON

Forum Overview

Join us at Canada’s premier forum for diversity and inclusiveness. This is the first opportunity of its kind to come to Canada where executive champions and diversity professionals can learn, share and network with D&I thought leaders from across the continent.

Our Organizations are Diverse—But are They Truly Inclusive?

In an environment of social, political and commercial disruption it is worth noting that a very few long-lived corporations survive over time. They are able to evolve and thrive where others unravel principally because they are values-driven; and our most progressive and successful entities hold inclusion as a fundamental and key value. They recognize that the competencies needed to effectively assess true ability, to value and harness difference and to create safe cultures where individuals can bring their whole selves to work are fundamental. Organizations that can navigate the journey from diversity to inclusion have the elixir to fuel a truly high performance organization.

Are we creating engaging and inclusive cultures that attract and retain the best and brightest regardless of ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation? The impact of unconscious bias and the cumulative micro inequities that result is a serious impediment to performance. Leaders recognize the imperative but often lack full understanding of neuroscience and how unconscious bias affects every day decisions—how it permeates our employment systems and culture by denying opportunities to women and minorities.

Beyond the business case, this conference is designed for corporate inclusion champions, executive sponsors, leaders of employee resource groups and talent management professionals who understand the inclusion imperative but want to expand their knowledge of the dimensions and intersections of diversity and unconscious bias so they can help lead the journey in their organization.

The agenda will address current and evolving D&I issues, including:

  • Putting an inclusion lens on the workplaces of the future
  • Gender dialogue: a discussion on finally closing the persistent gender gap
  • The role of leadership and embedding inclusion in everything we do
  • The neuroscience of power and unconscious bias
  • Embedding inclusion into all our processes and systems
  • Cultural competence and the art of switching leadership styles
  • Understanding inclusion in the context of sexual orientation and gender expression

Register as a Team to Get the Most From This Event

This conference will be beneficial for teams that include executive sponsors and champions, leaders of employee resource groups and professionals charged with advancing the D&I agenda in their organizations. For more information on group registration rates, send us an e-mail.

Our Conference Architect, global sage and Canadian treasure, Laraine Kaminsky, has brought together thought leaders and champions from across the continent to ensure every dimension of diversity is represented and discussed. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from foremost experts and seasoned D&I officers. Mark your calendar and prepare to launch yourself, your diversity team and your organizations on an exciting journey that promises new insights and practical strategies for advancing your understanding of unconscious bias, the insidious creep of micro inequities and the implications for organizational performance.

Space is limited so plan your attendance today.


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The Conference Board of Canada provides equal opportunities. This event will be closed captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please advise at your earliest convenience by sending us an e-mail.

Meet the Executive Program Developer and Conference Chair

Photo of Laraine Kaminsky Laraine Kaminsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
Global LK

Laraine is President and CEO of Global LK, a global consulting firm launched to build, leverage, and develop leadership in an increasingly global economy. Laraine's vast experience makes her a sought after consultant and speaker on the importance of intercultural effectiveness with the capacity to both educate and entertain. Laraine focuses on cultural, religious, gender and generational issues and how they impact on organizational effectiveness and inclusiveness. She advises, mentors, and educates leaders and team members on the value of inclusive leadership.


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2016 Event

Last year's Diversity and Inclusiveness conference took place December 8–9, 2016 at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville in Toronto.

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