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The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference is an opportunity to bring together Diversity & Inclusion practitioners, industry professionals and champions of women’s advancement from across industries and the country to learn and discuss the research and tools necessary to make change in Canadian business. The Conference was followed by a celebratory Dinner.

The 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Conference, sponsored by RBC, featured the 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours champions and speakers from across the spectrum of Canadian business, who discussed the importance of creating inclusion through intentional and inclusive leadership at all levels of an organization.

The event also featured an all-day Change Agents Forum, which gathered Catalyst’s key partners and leading organizations to help create change for women and underrepresented groups across Canada in both the realm of business and the greater community.

Panelists and speakers included:

Susan Allen, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Review Group, PwC

Rod Bolger, SVP Finance & Controller, RBC

Chantal Dugas, General Manager, Linguistic Affairs and Diversity, Air Canada

Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory, EY Canada

David Jacobson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Melanie Kirkpatrick, Director, IT Planning & Residential Services, Bell Canada

Jaime Leverton, VP North America Carriers, Blackberry

David McKay, President & CEO, RBC

Anita Remartinez, HR Manager Workplace Guidelines and Diversity, Imperial Oil

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.      
Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.      
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   
Checking the Blind Spots: Lessons on Addressing Hidden Biases in Today’s Workplace

In this session the panelists discussed what Canada’s leading organizations are doing to identify and overcome systemic barriers and gender-based stereotyping within their organizations. Attendees learned about strategies for combating unconscious bias, engaging men, and bridging cultural and generational barriers.

Speakers:
Rod Bolger, SVP Finance & Controller, RBC
Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory, EY Canada & 2012 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion

Moderator:
Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Marketing, Catalyst

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking & Change Agents Forum

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Driving Inclusiveness from the Middle

We often hear about diversity and inclusion from executive leaders at the “top of the house.” Yet leading organizations are also tapping into the passion and vision of emerging, non-executive leaders – and discovering that these emerging leaders are crucial to creating sustainable change. At this session attendees heard how emerging leaders are bridging generational, cultural, and gender gaps to galvanize support for diversity and inclusion.

Speakers:
Chantal Dugas, General Manager, Linguistic Affairs and Diversity, Air Canada
Melanie Kirkpatrick, Director, IT Planning & Residential Services, Bell Canada
Jaime Leverton, VP North America Carriers, Blackberry
Anita Remartinez, HR Manager Workplace Guidelines and Diversity, Imperial Oil

Guest Moderator:
Susan Allen, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Review Group, PwC & 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Service

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Champion Chat (Lunch continues)

Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada lead a lively conversation with our dynamic 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions as they shared their unique stories of challenges, perseverance, and progress!
 

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     
Networking & Change Agents Forum

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Implications of the “Under Cover” Employee

In a world where visible minorities are pressed to “blend in” by changing their names, languages, or cultural practices, women are told to “play like men”, and LGBT individuals are encouraged to hide their sexual orientation, there are bound to be consequences. What happens when employees can’t bring their whole selves to work, and what effect does this feeling have on them and on their organizations? In this session, celebrated author, media personality, and NYU law professor, Kenji Yoshino, discussed his research on the topic of ‘covering’: what it means and how it impacts inclusiveness, morale, and productivity.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking & Change Agents Forum


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Talent Development and North America’s Future
His Excellency the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada; David Jacobson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada; and David McKay, President and CEO of RBC, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion, moderated by Catalyst’s President & CEO, Deborah Gillis, on why identifying and developing diverse talent is crucial to North America’s economic competitiveness.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Networking & Change Agents Forum

@IVOConsulting Lessons in addressing hidden biases! Canada Canada Honours #CCH2014

@Natasha_Poley Inspirational day at #CCH2014. I am a Catalyst because #feminism is important to generate #change #iamacatalyst

@GGDavidJohnston I'm happy to be in #Toronto to be part of a #CCH2014 panel along with #DavidJacobson and #DavidMcKay. cc @CatalystInc  hbit.ly/1Eq3IHq 

@GGDavidJohnston Je suis ravi d'être à #Toronto comme l'un des experts à #CCH2014 avec #DavidJacobson et #DavidMcKay. cc @CatalystInc bit.ly/1Eq3DDr 

@SodexoPower Catalyst Canada Honours Champions share their stories #CCH2014 congrats @SodexoCanada for being part of the elite

@OntWomen Hidden bias in the workplace – intriguing topic @CatlystInc Catalyst Canada Honours Conference Oct 8! #CCH2014 bit.ly/1BgvQs2 

@OSC_News Proud to have led the way as a regulator re. disclosure of women on boards & in senior mgmt http://bit.ly/1huE8oz  #CCH2014 #GoodForBusiness

@EllenParlapiano Research on unconscious bias has made a lightbulb go off on how leaders can better encourage women. -David McKay @RBC_Canada #CCH2014

  • What is Unconscious Bias

  • What is Covering

  • How to Combat Unconscious Bias as an Individual

  • How to Combat Unconscious Bias as a Leader in Your Organization

  • 10 Tips for a Successful Career

  • Understanding the Differences: Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsorship

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