The benefits of employees bringing their whole self to work are many and well-studied—more satisfied and loyal employees, stronger and more inclusive work cultures, more innovative teams and game-changing decision making, to name a few. Yet discrimination toward many minority groups persists. In particular, LGBT employees face unique discriminatory challenges that can trap them in a category of “Other,” where they feel they don’t belong or cannot contribute at their highest potential. Without a sense of belongingness across differences such as LGBT identity, work cultures remain non-inclusive and suffer the consequences. 

Join IBM and Catalyst as we address LGBT business issues that impact Canada and the world. Attendees will learn about Catalyst research and resources for support in fostering more inclusive workplaces.


5:00 p.m.  Registration
5:30 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks
5:35 p.m.  Keynote
5:50 p.m.  Panel Discussion
6:45 p.m.  Networking Reception
7:30 p.m.  Event Concludes

Opening Remarks:

  • Dino Trevisani, President & General Manager, IBM Canada

Keynote Speaker:

  • Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Executive Panel:

  • Esther Dryburgh, Partner, IBM Canada
  • Perry Orestes, Senior Vice President, Internal Audit Scotiabank
  • Greg Orencsak, Deputy Minister, Treasury Board, Government of Ontario
  • Susan Anderson, Managing Director, Canada, Orion Health

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