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Champions of Change: It Takes EACH of US

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 inclusive leaders 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—Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility—which our research has linked to successful inclusive leaders. Conference attendees heard practical advice and strategies based on Catalyst research and the experiences of the speakers, on how to be an inclusive leader, and create more inclusive workplaces.

Agenda

Time

Session

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.

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.

Conference attendees were inspired by the 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions as they shared how they hold both themselves and their organizations accountable for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. 

Speakers:
Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada
John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC and Former Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail

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.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

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? 

Conference attendees heard the inaugural Catalyst Canada Honours Emerging Leaders talk about their experiences accelerating progress in their organizations and beyond. 

Speakers:
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
David Lau, Senior Associate, Catalyst Canada
Susannah Gouinlock, Senior Associate, Catalyst Canada 

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Networking Break

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Service

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

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

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. This session highlighted 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.

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

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

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.

Speakers:
Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Global Marketing, Catalyst
Tia Gordon, Vice President, Global Communications, Catalyst
Hannah Sung, Co-host and Co-producer, Colour Code

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Networking

Conference Highlights

 

 

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Emerging Leaders

The 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours conference featured the 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions, Emerging Leaders, and speakers from across the spectrum of Canadian business who discussed what it means to be an inclusive leader, and how to make change in your organization. 

Champions:

  • 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.

Emerging Leaders:

  • 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

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