Catalyst Canada Honours Conference

Champions of Change - It Takes EACH of US

CCH Conference

2017 Catalyst Canada Honours Nominations are Closed

Nominations of the 2017 Catalyst Canada Honours have now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winners later in the spring.

A Day of Learning and Networking

Individual action was at the heart of the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference, held on November 7, 2016, where attendees built blueprints for leveraging inclusion and making significant and sustainable change for Canadian organizations, their employees, and the communities in which they serve.

Sessions reflected Catalyst’s EACH leadership behaviours (E=Empowerment, A=Accountability, C=Courage, and H=Humility) which our research has linked to successful inclusive leaders. They also featured Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders, who exemplify what it means to be an inclusive leader whose intentional actions result in accelerated progress for women through workplace inclusion. Session attendees gained practical advice and strategies based on Catalyst research, the experiences of Champions, and one another. 

Learn more at and watch the Conference highlights below.




7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Check-In and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Session #1

Championing Accountability

Catalyst research has found that inclusive workplace cultures help build confident employees whose actions can unlock innovation for the organization—a requisite advantage in today’s global economy and the Canadian marketplace. Be inspired by our 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions as they share how they hold both themselves and their organizations accountable for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Adopt tangible and successful strategies at the personal and programmatic level to create and sustain the workplace culture your organization needs to stay competitive. 


Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada


  • Frank Vettese, Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte Canada
  • Philip Grosch, Partner, National Digital Services Leader, PwC Canada
  • Carol Osler, SVP, Financial Crimes & Fraud Management Group, TD Bank Group
  • Anna Tudela, Vice President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.


  • John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC and Former Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Session #2

Empowering Employees to Become Emerging Leaders

Leaders have the opportunity to inspire change, but what can you do if you’re not the CEO (yet) or don’t have a significant platform of influence? How can you help create an inclusive workplace from the middle of the organization? Hear the inaugural Catalyst Canada Honours Emerging Leaders talk about their experiences accelerating progress in their organizations and beyond. Learn how you can inspire your team members to become inclusive leaders and equip your high-potentials with tools for success.


  • Lara Di Gregorio, Manager, Acquisitions & Asset Management, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments
  • Shilpa Mandhan, former Associate Director, Client Services, Precima (A LoyaltyOne Company)
  • Jenn Ocampo-King, Director, Prime Brokerage, TD Securities

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Networking Break

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Service

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Session #3

Courage Counts: Uncovering Powerful Strategies for Gender, Race, and Ethnic Inclusion

The decision by Prime Minister Trudeau to welcome 25,000 refugees into Canada in December 2015 felt distinctly Canadian, as the country prides itself on its acceptance of multiculturalism. While our nation continues to display courage on the world’s stage, a recent study by Deloitte finds that only one in 10 Canadian companies scored highly on five elements related to courage. This sobering finding, coupled with the fact that even with a bounty of diverse talent, we are failing to advance visible minorities and First Nations, Aboriginal, and Metis into positions of leadership in corporate Canada, means that to ensure our nation’s future prosperity, we must act boldly. Learn what actions you can take as a courageous leader on issues related to gender, race, and ethnicity to create inclusive workplaces which will in turn set your organization up for future success.


  • Miyo Yamashita, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte Canada
  • Vandana Juneja, Senior Regional Director, Catalyst Canada

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Session #4

Cracking the Colour Code:  It Takes Humility to Talk About Race

Talking about race can be awkward and even downright uncomfortable. It’s time to get over it, says video and podcast producer Hannah Sung. She’s co-host and co-producer of Colour Code, a new podcast about race in Canada by The Globe and Mail, which debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada earlier this fall. Like Catalyst’s own research, the podcast tackles the many challenges associated with race and racism in Canada, from the very words and language used to discuss race, to what it’s like to be a visible minority, to how Canadians’ views of racism are affected by our neighbour, the United States.



2:30 – 3:00 p.m.



If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

The Conference precedes the celebratory Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner.

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