The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) has awarded RDR a 15 month Partnership Grant for its Building DEI in Leadership Project. This project will develop and deliver a 4 module DEI training program over 8 months to build DEI capacity of organizational leaders in the human services sector (non-profit, social services, public sectors). The program will be offered in 5 regions: Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel and Waterloo, in coordination with a local community organization. Program enrollment and materials are free of cost. The Social Planning Council of Peel and Punjabi Community Health Services are partners on this project.


Through this training program organizational leaders will develop a skillset and foundation to not only become change agents, but also to  champion the values for others. Other key components of the program include: access to an online leadership hub where leaders can engage, support, and exchange ideas with one another on an ongoing basis throughout the training program and an invitation to a symposium where participants from all 5 regions will have the opportunity to reflect on their learnings and network at the end of the program.



October 2016

Submitted Application to MCI

January 2017

Grant awarded to RDR

February 2017

Project officially begins

March 2017

Project Lead and Curriculum Developer are hired

April 2017

Program outreach and connections begins

June 2017

Launch online Leadership Portal & Pilot Program begins

January 2018

Pilot Program is completed

March 2018

DEI Leadership Symposium is held


Regional Collaborating Organizations: