Workplaces That Work

Thank you to those who were able to join us this year for the 2018 Catalyst Canada Honours conference. The conference featured the year’s Champions and speakers from across the spectrum of Canadian business who discussed how to build workplaces that work, and how to drive change in your organization. 


Special thanks to the 2018 Catalyst Canada Honours Conference Session Sponsors:






Thank you to Mondelez Canada for generously providing the delicious gifts for the conference attendees.



 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Recognizing the Land and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Champion Spotlight: Building Workplaces That Work For Women

Erin Davis, Director, Global Talent Engagement, Stantec Consulting

In this session, Erin shared how she built the highly successful [email protected] employee resource group (ERG), the first of its kind at the company—and used it as a blueprint to mobilize others ERGs. She also shared highlights from her lead role at Works for Women, an innovative network committed to making Alberta a better place for women to lead.

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work 
Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Financial Services & Canadian AI Lead, Accenture

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In the session conference, attendees learned from an expert about the future of work technology and innovation. Attendees left this presentation more informed and empowered to influence change in their workplace.

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Champion Spotlight: Building Workplaces That Work For Talented Newcomers

Aneela Zaib, Founder and CEO, emergiTEL

In this session, Aneela shared her remarkable story along with strategies to help companies find the best talent.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

#MeToo—What’s Next?

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This session discussed strategies and tactics for organizations and leaders committed to making change, and ways in which individual employees can help create fair, safe, and respectful workplaces by interrupting behaviors that demean or diminish their colleagues.


  • Dnika J. Travis, Vice President, Research, Catalyst
  • Bill Morris, Senior Managing Director and Canada President, Accenture

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Champion Spotlight : Learn From Difference To Build Workplaces That Work

Kona Goulet, Director, Inclusion, BMO Financial Group

In this session, Kona shared highlights from the popular program she helped develop “Learn from Difference”, an initiative that aims to build inclusive leadership skills for 7,000 people managers.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Champion Spotlight: Setting Targets To Build Workplaces That Work

Claudia Thompson, Managing Director, Health & Public Service, and Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture Canada

In this session, Claudia shared key strategies for achieving Accenture’s goal for achieving a gender-balanced workforce by 2025, and lessons learned along the way.

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Break

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1—Be Intentional, Accelerate Your Career

This interactive session focused on two critical skills necessary for advancement: 1) building mutually beneficial relationships with influential others and 2) making achievements visible in ways that benefit the individual and the organization. Session attendees discovered career advancement strategies, gained concrete skills, and learned how to attract sponsors to accelerate their careers.

  • Audrey Gallien, Senior Director, Business Development, Catalyst
  • Kristine Remedios, National Leader, Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG  
Session 2—Leveraging Differences to Increase Innovation
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Participants of this session explored ways to create environments conducive to maximum innovation, including how to leverage differences to foster creative problem-solving and cultivate psychological safety among teams where risk-taking and mistakes are a launchpad to innovation.
  • Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Canada  & Asia Pacific, Catalyst
  • Sherazad Adib, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Québec, Catalyst
  • Rajini Nagendran, Chief Inclusion Officer, BMO Financial Group
Session 3—What Does it Mean to be a “Good Man” in an Era of Global Women’s Movements?
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In this session, we asked and answered some questions that simultaneously feel both necessary and off-limits. What makes a “good man” today? How do men really feel about our current culture? Are they allowed to feel that way? What happens if you don’t know what’s expected of you, or worse, aren’t sure you want to do it? How can men who wish to be on the so-called “right side” of history navigate authentically and safely through this new world era? And how can women, men, and organizations partner to support progress for not only for women but for all? Session attendees learned how organizations can support gender partnerships.
  • ​​​Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst
  • Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Catalyst
  • Andrew Turnbull, Senior Vice President, Small Business Banking, CIBC

  • Jane Yuen, Vice President, Personal Banking and Products Technology, CIBC


2:30 pm. - 2:45 p.m.

Networking break

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Champion SpotlightA Community Approach to Creating Workplaces That Work

Simon Fish, General Counsel, BMO Financial Group

In this session, Simon spoke about courage and shared his personal journey to drive inclusion beyond his own workplace.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Keynote: Equity on the Courts
Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA

In this session Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA, shared how she propelled the wage gap conversation onto the global stage as she worked to address the gender pay gap in tennis and partnered with trailblazers who paved the way for women in sport.

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Champion SpotlightWorkplaces That Work When Leaders Are Accountable

Bill McFarland, Former CEO and Chief Inclusion Officer, PwC Canada

In this session, Bill shared his views on the importance of inclusion and how to hold leaders accountable.

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks 

2018 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions

Company/Firm Leaders

Business Leaders

Emerging Leaders

2018 Catalyst Canada International Trailblazer

  • Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, United States Tennis Association

Catalyst would like to thank the following organizations for joining us as part of the Exhibit Hall. A group of like-minded mission-based organizations that positively contribute to the lives of women and diverse groups in Canada.


Canada Learning Code

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Canadian Women’s’ Foundation

Toronto Region Immigration Employment Council

Queen’s University, Smith School of Business

Women of Influence

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