Workplaces That Work

The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes exceptional role models for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Join us at our conference to learn from our champions and network with like-minded professionals working to build workplaces that work for women.


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

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

Sponsored by: Mackenzie

Learn from an expert about the future of work technology and innovation. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how work gets done. It offers both benefits and challenges, for your organization’s workforce—the human side of things. Ethics, bias, and the diversity and inclusiveness of those who create, influence, and use AI all need to be considered. You’ll leave this presentation more informed and empowered to influence change in your workplace.

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

Champion Spotlight : Building Workplaces That Work For Talented Newcomers

Aneela Zaib, Founder and CEO, emergiTEL

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

Networking Break

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

#MeToo—What’s Next?

Sponsored by: Accenture

The #MeToo movement has exposed workplace sexual harassment as an oft-ignored, tacitly condoned, hidden but no less important issue. The sheer volume of stories suggests that employers and employees have much to learn about how to create better workplace cultures that oppose and prevent this behavior. We know that the majority of men and women want to be part of the solution.

Organizations need much more than policies and training to change behaviors and create safe, inclusive environments for all employees. In this session, we will discuss 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

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

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 will have a strong emphasis 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.
  • Audrey Gallien, Senior Director, Business Development, Catalyst
  • Kristine Remedios, National Leader, Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG
What You Can Expect From This Session
  • Discover strategies that work for women vs. men. 
  • Learn about tools to leverage career advancement strategies and how to effectively apply them. 
  • Gain concrete skills to accelerate your career and contribute more fully to your organization. 
  • Discover who can help you advance.
Who Should Attend This Session
This session is tailored to high-potential employees and emerging leaders.  
Session 2—Leveraging Differences to Increase Innovation
Sponsored by: BMO Financial Group
In an era of global competitiveness, disruption and innovation are no longer anomalies of chance or luck. Rather, they are essential ingredients for corporate competitiveness and survival. Catalyst research shows that when employees feel included, they are more likely to innovate and contribute to their teams. Participants will explore ways to deliberately 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
What You Can Expect From This Session
  • Learn how to leverage employees’ differences using the competencies of an inclusive leader. 
  • Develop strategies to create and sustain a safe, inclusive workplace that inspires innovation. 
  • Learn how to leverage mistakes as a strategy to boost learning and innovation. 
  • Gain an understanding of Catalyst’s EACH approach (Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility) to foster inclusion which ultimately increases employees’ innovative contributions.
Who Should Attend This Session
This session is geared toward diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioners, human resources (HR) leaders, employee resource group (ERG) leaders, and people managers.  
Session 3—What Does it Mean to be a “Good Man” in an Era of Global Women’s Movements?
Sponsored by: CIBC
The Women’s Marches, #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have lit up the global conversation about women’s position in society, making it feel like all the rules are being re-written. In this session, we will explore how men can navigate this new reality, asking and answering some of the 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?
  • ​​​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

What You Can Expect From This Session
  • Gain an appreciation of the complexities around recent events and how they impact the workplace. 
  • Learn how organizations support gender partnerships where both women and men benefit when women thrive in the workplace? 
Sponsor an emerging male leader to join you for this session to add his voice to this important dialogue.     
Who Should Attend This Session
This session is designed for emerging male leaders, D&I practitioners, HR leaders, ERG leaders, and people managers.  

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

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

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

Equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, is something that many sectors have yet to sort out, and the sports industry is no exception. While evidence shows that pay equity is not only the right but also the smart thing to do, women, be they professionals, hourly workers or athletes, continue to be overlooked and underappreciated.

Join Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA, as she shares 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

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


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