Catalyst Canada Honours Conference

Champions of Change - It Takes EACH of US

CCH Conference

Individuals at all levels and roles have opportunities to create impact by building inclusive work environments where all employees, and their organizations, can thrive. Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders exemplify what it means to be an inclusive leader whose intentional actions result in accelerated progress for women through workplace inclusion. Individual action is at the heart of the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference, where attendees will build a blueprint for leveraging inclusion and making significant and sustainable change for Canadian organizations, their employees, and the communities in which they serve.

Sessions reflect Catalyst’s EACH leadership behaviours "E=Empowerment, A=Accountability, C=Courage, and H=Humility" which our research has linked to successful inclusive leaders. Session attendees will gain practical advice and strategies based on Catalyst research, the experiences of Champions, and one another. 

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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

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

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break


10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Session #2

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. 


  • 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.

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 Canada prides itself on its acceptance of multiculturalism. However, 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. Learn what actions you can take to ensure you are including VM and FNAM at work, and how you can set your organization up for success by leveraging this underutilized talent resource.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Session #4


More information to follow.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.


4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Corporate Board Summit: Solutions to Accelerate Progress

By invitation only

More information to follow.


Book your hotel stay:

Enjoy convenience and luxury by staying at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel at our special rate of $279/night. Book a room by visiting Book your room early, this rate is available until the room block sells out.

Book your flight:

Use the coupon code ZUKEBGD when booking your flight with WestJet for the Catalyst Canada Honours to receive a 10% discount. Restrictions apply.


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

The Conference precedes the celebratory Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner.

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