BUILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Launched in 2013, our annual conference explores issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Every year we select a theme that speaks to a current DEI issue in the workplace and invite leading experts to deliver a keynote and facilitate capacity building sessions for all attendees. Our approach is to provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the issue and ways in which to manage its implications for organizations and the workplace.

UPCOMING CONFERENCE

TO BE ANNOUNCED

PAST CONFERENCES

RDR AGM & Conference 2017

Centring Diversity for Workplace Equity: Navigating DEI in Turbulent Waters

June 14th, 2017

Sheridan College – Hazel McCallion Campus

Centering Diversity for Workplace Equity: Race(ialized) in the Workplace Conference 2016

June 29, 2016 | 8:30am – 4:00pm | Sheridan College – Davis Campus

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Whether it’s carding, the #blacklivesmatter movement, contested arrival of the Syrian refugees, the release of a scathing Truth and Reconciliation report, or the irony that our taxi drivers are international doctors and lawyers, racism exists and is embedded in the daily lived experiences of racialized people. As research highlights, the intersection of racism and employment significantly impacts access to stable positions, hiring opportunities, pay/salary, promotions, and inclusion into the workplace culture. Without adequate sustainable employment, individuals, families and communities are unable to grow and thrive. While the provincial government has responded with the creation of an Anti-Racism Directorate, the question around what we can do locally remains.

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As research highlights, the intersection of racism and employment significantly impacts access to stable positions, hiring opportunities, pay/salary, promotions, and inclusion into the workplace culture. Without adequate sustainable employment, individuals, families and communities are unable to grow and thrive. While the provincial government has responded with the creation of an Anti-Racism Directorate, the question around what we can do locally remains.

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Keynote Speakers
  • Dr. Jane Ngobia, Assistant Vice-President Diversity and Human Rights, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Professor / Director, Women & Gender Studies Institute & OISE, University of Toronto – cancelled
Capacity Building Workshops:
  • Race & Precarious Work: Dr. Stephanie Premji, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
  • Race & Organizational Data Collection: Bipasha Choudhury, Legal Services & Inquiries, Ontario Human Rights Commission & Dr. Bobby Siu, School of Public Policy & Administration, York University

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at our conference. To say the conference was a success, is an understatement! We had the largest turnout since the launch of the conference, with over 90 people attending from Peel region and beyond. We look forward to bringing another great conference to Peel in 2017!

Centering Diversity for Workplace Equity: Tools For Change

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Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at our annual diversity and equity conference. To say the conference was a success, is an understatement! Our keynote speakers challenged attendees to think beyond diversity 101 by providing key ways in which to implement diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations. In the Capacity Building Sessions, experts in healthcare, evaluation and education shared their success, challenges and tips in implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. We look forward to bringing another great conference to Peel in 2016!

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Keynote Speakers
  • Naveen Mehta, General Counsel & Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UFCW Canada
  • Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, Assistant Vice President / Vice Provost Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Ryerson University
Capacity Building Workshops:
  • Andrew Taylor, Principle, Taylor Newberry Consulting
  • Waheeda Rahaman, Director of Organizational Development & Diversity, The Scarborough Hospital
  • Saleha Khan, Instructor, Ontario Police College

Centering Diversity for Workplace Equity: RDR Conference 2014

Our speakers provided attendees with practical insight on inclusion practices across sectors. Attendees learned about:

  • Recent immigration law changes and its impact on the workplace
  • An employment equity action plan
  • Mental health & welness workplace initiatives.
Keynote Speakers
  • Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
  • Jewel Amoah, Human Rights Advocacy Lawyer and Manger of Workplace Equity, Peel District School Board
  • Sarika Gundu, National Director of the Workplace Mental Health Program, Canadian Mental health Association Ontario Division (CMHA)

Centering Diversity for Workplace Equity: RDR Conference 2013

Attendees learned about the effective implementation of diversity strategies, how to acheive equity in the workplace and the role of government in building inclusive communities.

Keynote Speakers
  • Navdeep Bains
  • Ceta Ramkhalawansingh – Achieving Social and Economic Equity: How Do We Get There?
  • Saleha Khan – Champions for Inclusion: Towards Professional Practice