The Conference Board of Canada

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

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Fostering an inclusive workplace culture that embraces diverse, dynamic talent is critical to business success. A diverse and inclusive work environment is more productive, engaging, and innovative.

The Council on Inclusive Work Environments (CIWE) provides a forum for diversity and inclusion leaders to hear from key thought leaders in Canada while sharing challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned within a vibrant community of practice. CIWE helps organizations develop strategies to attract and leverage diverse talent and cultivate dynamic, inclusive cultures where all employees can optimize their potential. Together, CIWE members learn how to influence senior leaders and raise the profile of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Create a more inclusive workplace that helps your organization thrive. Join CIWE.

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Who should join?

Senior leaders in Canadian organizations who are responsible for diversity, inclusion, employment equity, and talent management.

Key objectives

  • Provide a venue for Canadian professionals to learn about innovative practices that foster diverse and inclusive workplaces.
  • Enhance knowledge and professional growth through networking with peers and renowned speakers.
  • Facilitate discussions and debates on topics related to dynamic, inclusive, and supportive work environments.

Benefits of membership


Be part of a professional community of practice dedicated to diversity and inclusion.

Shared knowledge

Share and learn best practices with other D&I practitioners and leaders across Canada.

Exclusive access

Network and hear from thought leaders on key D&I issues, challenges, and priorities.


Access a wealth of evidence-based research and resources dedicated to moving the needle on D&I in the workplace.

Current members

  • Accenture Inc.
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bell Canada
  • Canada Goose Holdings Inc.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • City of Saskatoon
  • CSA Group
  • Defence Construction Canada
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • EY
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited
  • Fortis Inc.
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Hydro One Networks Inc.
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Liquor Control Board of Ontario
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
  • McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
  • Moneris Solutions Corporation
  • Procter & Gamble Inc.
  • Region of Peel
  • Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
  • SGI Canada
  • Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • The Home Depot Canada
  • Torys LLP

Recognizing the strong need to collaborate with colleagues in other organizations who are committed to leveraging diversity and inclusion, we have found CIWE to be an excellent forum for dialogue, learning, and sharing best practices.

Norma Tombari, D&I Professional

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Member activity

Next session

Fall 2022

Theme: Social Impact Within and Beyond the Workplace

September 28, 2022 - TBC

October 13, 2022 
In-person Networking Reception: Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Change with keynote Susan Black, CEO, Conference Board of Canada 

November 29, 2022
Virtual Roundtable Discussion: ESGs Meet EDI: Connecting the Dots Between Environment, Social and Governance (ESGs) and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) 

December 14, 2022
Virtual Open Forum Member Call: Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities for 2023

Recent themes

  • Inclusive Data Collection and Analysis
  • Language of Inclusion
  • Accessible Workplaces and Systems: Advancing Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Reconciliation in the Workplace: Recruitment, Retention, and Leadership for Indigenous Employees
  • Mental Health for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals
  • Confronting Anti-Black Racism in the Workplace

Recent releases and events

Woman looking down
Women-Led Ventures

Entrepreneurship has long been seen as a catalyst of economic growth and national prosperity. But in Canada, new business ventures are still much more likely to be led by men than by women. In speaking with entrepreneurs who recently closed Series A financing, we're exploring the differences and similarities in the management and fundraising approaches of men and women Canadian technology entrepreneurs.

Online experience  |  8-min read
March 30, 2022
Focus Area—Inclusion

Recovery for All: Finding Equities in Education and Employment

The pandemic has intensified existing challenges. For example, the nearly two-thirds of rural households with no access to high-speed Internet have had much greater difficulty accessing school, work, and services than those living in urban areas with near-universal Internet access.

Impact paper  |  23-min read
February 17, 2022
Focus Area—Education & Skills
Partner—Future Skills Centre

The future of work is now: All must have the opportunity to participate

Canada achieved an important milestone in September, with employment returning to its pre-pandemic peak. However, with the arrival of the Omicron variant, we anticipate a longer runway to recovery, which continues to be uneven, with many groups not fully participating. Addressing these inequities will require a multi-faceted approach so that everyone can share in the country’s prosperity.

Op-ed  |  4-min read
Michael Burt and Pedro Barata—February 8, 2022
Focus Area—Education & Skills
Partner—Future Skills Centre

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Council on Inclusive Work Environments

Join us in fostering inclusive organizational culture while leveraging diverse, dynamic talent to face today’s workplace challenges and opportunities head-on.

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For more information, or to arrange for a guest invitation to attend one of our meetings, please contact our team.