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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

            The Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair

We are pleased to announce that The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has joined the agenda for this event.


Forum Overview

Walking toward our biases. Championing an inclusive and prosperous Canada.

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, it is as important to build for an inclusive and prosperous future as it is to celebrate the past. 

Our places of work are a microcosm of society. Now more than ever, it is important for corporate champions to step forward and lead the inclusion movement in our organizations. 

Bias creeps into our systems in subtle ways. We don’t understand how it influences behaviours and we don’t see the unintended consequences until we look at our leadership pipelines and recognize that important communities, perspectives and insights aren’t represented. That’s costly. How many opportunities are lost because we are missing diverse perspective? There is power in a well-managed organization that harnesses the collective insights of all the intersections of diversity.

Organizations that can navigate the journey from diversity to inclusion have the elixir to power a truly high performance organization.

This premier forum is unparalleled in Canada, where executive champions and diversity professionals can learn from diverse perspectives, share great practices and network with D&I thought leaders from across the continent. 

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. 

Our Program Architect, global sage and Canadian treasure, Laraine Kaminsky, together with the Conference Board’s Director of Inclusive Talent Management Strategies, Ruth Wright, have once again brought together thought leaders and champions from across country and the continent to ensure every dimension of diversity is represented and discussed. 

What are you going to do to advance the inclusion journey in your organization?

Early Program Highlights

Image of book coverWe Can't Talk About That at Work! A Guide for Bold, Inclusive Conversations provides an exceptional opportunity to be amongst the foremost experts and seasoned D & I officers, including:

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            Dr. Mary-Frances Winters Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., and author of forthcoming We Can't Talk About That at Work! A Guide for Bold, Inclusive Conversations

Receive a complimentary copy with your registration!

How Do You Measure Up?

How to be best in class in Global D&I

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            Alan RichterAlan Richter, President of QED Consulting, and Co-Creator of the Global Gender Intelligence Assessment—a new gender intelligence self-assessment, and The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks

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            Patti Shugart
Patti Shugart, Managing Director and Global Head, Corporate Banking and Global Credit, RBC Capital Markets

Release of Cutting Edge Conference Board Research

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Participants will have an opportunity to hear the results of cutting edge research and to benchmark their current diversity and inclusion practices against other leading Canadian organizations. 

The Conference Board’s Inclusive Talent Management research team will release the results of a study that explores: 

  • the organizational context for diversity and inclusion, 
  • where it sits in the organization and 
  • alignment of diversity and inclusion with the business strategy
  • insights from best practice organizations


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

A Message from our Program Architect

Photo of Laraine Kaminsky Laraine Kaminsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
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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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