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Diversity and Inclusion 2017: The Power of Inclusion

2017 Event

The 2017 event focused on the power of inclusion, and the difference between diversity and inclusion. The conference started with a blessing by Dr. Debby Wilson Danard, Anishinaabe Traditional Knowledge Practitioner and Life Promotion Ambassador. Throughout the conference, the speakers shared insight and anecdotes about diversity and inclusion in their organizations or personal experience. The resounding messages that our speakers shared was that diversity and inclusion should be built into the core values of your business, and not handled off the side of your desk.

Some of the key messages our speakers shared at our 2017 event:

“Meet your people where they are, but don’t let them stay there.”

—Ruchi Jalla, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, BAE Systems Inc.

“If you want to know why things are the way they are, you have to understand where they came from and how they got there.”

—Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair, Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“Our world view influences whether we choose judgement and fear, or curiosity and acceptance.”

—Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO, The Winters Group Inc.

“Inclusion is not only a noun, it’s also a verb.”

—Steve Hanamura, President, Hanamura Consulting

Featured Speakers From the 2017 Event

The Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair

The Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair
Former Chair
Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Mary-Frances Winters

Mary-Frances Winters
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Winters Group Inc.

Patti Shugart

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

Rick Green

Rick Green
Writer, Producer, and Comedian

Leanne Bellegarde

Leanne Bellegarde
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Steve Hanamura

Steve Hanamura
Hanamura Consulting Inc.

Bill McFarland

Bill McFarland
Canadian Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


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