Join Catalyst for the 2017 Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and learn how you too can redefine leadership! Whether you’re an experienced leader or an up and coming high potential employee, the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference promises to inspire, motivate, and give you the practical tools and advice you need to champion workplace inclusion. 

Reserve your stay at the Royal York Hotel:

Conference Agenda

8:00 AM–8:45AM
Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM–9:00 AM
Opening Remarks and The Second City Works 

9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Leaders Redefined: The Catalyst Canada Honours Champions
Discover what motivates this year’s Catalyst Canada Honours Champions to be advocates and change agents to create inclusive workplaces and advance diverse talent. Learn about how they lead and leverage their influence to propel essential dialogues that foster inclusion.


10:00 AM–10:15 AM
Networking Break

10:15 AM– 11:15 AM 
Redefining Leadership Across Borders

Join this panel of representatives from the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders for a discussion of  the most important issues facing women in business on both sides of the border and how the council is working to address those issues. Panelists include Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst; Linda Hasenfratz, President & CEO, Linamar Corporation; and Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO, NRStor.

11:15 AM–12:00 PM 
Morning Keynote: Redefining Leadership in a High Tech World

Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Pinterest, discusses her formative experiences, from growing up in Queens to her time at Catalyst and her journey to Pinterest, where she oversees culture change in the heart of the high-tech sector. 

Lunch: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

1:00 PM–2:30 PM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1:  Negotiate Your Role, Redefine Your Career 
While professionals are often advised to negotiate salaries, successful employees negotiate many aspects of their careers, including more satisfying and challenging roles. In this session, a panel of experts will share insights to empower you confidently negotiate your way to success, including an overview of related Catalyst research relevant and helpful to both women and men.


Session 2: Redefining Championship—Men Matter
Some men gain certain advantages from being part of the group that holds the majority of positions of power in predominantly male-dominated, male-led workplaces. At the same time, though, many men report feeling excluded due to other core aspects of their identities. We invite all to attend this session to learn more about how diverse men, including men of color and LGBTQI men—are bringing their distinct experiences and perspectives to bear in their efforts to champion inclusion.


  • Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Global Marketing, Catalyst 

  • Ravi Karkara, Senior Advisor on Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy to the Assistant Deputy General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

  • Andrew Kriegler, President and CEO, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada

Session 3: Listen, Learn, and Lead—Engaging in Conversations About Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace 
Differences don’t have to create divides. Effectively communicating across ethnicities, races, and other aspects of our identities can potentially be difficult, yet the benefit to inclusion is worth the challenge. Join Dnika J. Travis, PhD, Vice President and Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice to learn how organizations and individuals set up conversation ground rules and take action to create productive dialogues in this illuminating session.

Networking Break: 2:30 PM–3:00 PM

3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Afternoon Keynote: Redefining Leadership—Women Matter

Sandrine Devillard will share her learning and expertise on the role of women in business as the global leader of McKinsey’s Women Matter research program, which she initiated 10 years ago and has since widely published on. An international board member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and a frequent presenter at a number of international conferences on the subject, she is also a global leader of McKinsey’s internal Women Initiative, dedicated to developing women as leaders.

3:45 PM–4:00 PM: Closing Remarks and The Second City Works

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