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Navigating the Journey from Diversity to Inclusion: Leveraging Diversity to Power Innovation

Thursday December 8 - Friday December 9 2016 Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Toronto, ON

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce three internationally renowned diversity and inclusion thought leaders who will deliver keynote presentations.

Image of Howard Ross Howard Ross
Author, Everyday Bias and ReInventing Diversity
Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Cook Ross Inc.

An organizational development consultant and educator with experience in developing corporate and community programs, Howard is considered one of the world's seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. Howard is the author of two best-sellers, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, and Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives.

Photo of Margaret Regan Margaret Regan
President and Chief Executive Officer
The FutureWork Institute

Margaret is President and CEO of The FutureWork Institute, a global consulting firm that translates future trends to transform organizations. The FutureWork Institute is a certified women-owned business that serves as an incubator of innovation and change in addressing current and future issues. Margaret was recently awarded the Promise of Diversity Innovation Award by the American Institute for Managing Diversity for her innovative approaches to work and her ground-breaking work on diversity education in the virtual world.

Photo of Jane Hyun Jane Hyun
Founder and President
Hyun and Associates

Jane is a trusted coach to multinational companies, Jane helps organizations grow their bottom line through effective deployment of talent. An internationally renowned expert in cross-cultural effectiveness, leader on-boarding, and development, her programs receive praise from organizations who seek to leverage the power of diverse team to drive competitive value. Jane is the author of the groundbreaking book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and works with organizations for breaking through.

Forum Overview

Join us at Canada’s premier forum for diversity and inclusiveness. This is the first opportunity of its kind to come to Canada where executive champions and diversity professionals can learn, share and network with D&I thought leaders from across the continent.

Our Organizations are Diverse—But are They Truly Inclusive?

In an environment of social, political and commercial disruption it is worth noting that a very few long-lived corporations survive over time. They are able to evolve and thrive where others unravel principally because they are values-driven; and our most progressive and successful entities hold inclusion as a fundamental and key value. They recognize that the competencies needed to effectively assess true ability, to value and harness difference and to create safe cultures where individuals can bring their whole selves to work are fundamental. Organizations that can navigate the journey from diversity to inclusion have the elixir to fuel a truly high performance organization.

Are we creating engaging and inclusive cultures that attract and retain the best and brightest regardless of ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation? The impact of unconscious bias and the cumulative micro inequities that result is a serious impediment to performance. Leaders recognize the imperative but often lack full understanding of neuroscience and how unconscious bias affects every day decisions—how it permeates our employment systems and culture by denying opportunities to women and minorities.

Beyond the business case, this conference is designed for corporate inclusion champions, executive sponsors, leaders of employee resource groups and talent management professionals who understand the inclusion imperative but want to expand their knowledge of the dimensions and intersections of diversity and unconscious bias so they can help lead the journey in their organization.

The agenda will address current and evolving D&I issues, including:

  • Putting an inclusion lens on the workplaces of the future
  • Gender dialogue: a discussion on finally closing the persistent gender gap
  • The role of leadership and embedding inclusion in everything we do
  • The neuroscience of power and unconscious bias
  • Embedding inclusion into all our processes and systems
  • Cultural competence and the art of switching leadership styles
  • Understanding inclusion in the context of sexual orientation and gender expression

Register as a Team to Get the Most From This Event

This conference will be beneficial for teams that include executive sponsors and champions, leaders of employee resource groups and professionals charged with advancing the D&I agenda in their organizations. For more information on group registration rates, send us an e-mail.

Our Conference Architect, global sage and Canadian treasure, Laraine Kaminsky, has brought together thought leaders and champions from across the continent to ensure every dimension of diversity is represented and discussed. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from foremost experts and seasoned D&I officers. Mark your calendar and prepare to launch yourself, your diversity team and your organizations on an exciting journey that promises new insights and practical strategies for advancing your understanding of unconscious bias, the insidious creep of micro inequities and the implications for organizational performance.

Space is limited so plan your attendance today.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Special Contributors


Tri Fit Inc.

Marketing Partners

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Closed Captioning

The Conference Board of Canada provides equal opportunities. This event will be closed captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please advise at your earliest convenience by sending us an e-mail.

Optional Networking Dinner

Attend the optional networking dinner at SIGNS Restaurant. SIGNS provides an opportunity for you to use American Sign Language to communicate with staff. With the help of instructions in the menu and a “cheat book,” guests not only experience exceptional service but enjoy learning the language by interacting with staff.

Meet the Executive Program Developer and Conference Chair

Photo of Laraine Kaminsky Laraine Kaminsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
Global LK

Laraine is President and CEO of Global LK, a global consulting firm launched to build, leverage, and develop leadership in an increasingly global economy. Laraine's vast experience makes her a sought after consultant and speaker on the importance of intercultural effectiveness with the capacity to both educate and entertain. Laraine focuses on cultural, religious, gender and generational issues and how they impact on organizational effectiveness and inclusiveness. She advises, mentors, and educates leaders and team members on the value of inclusive leadership.

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Special Contributors

Tri Fit Inc.

Marketing Partners

Diversity! In the Workplace
Legal Leaders for Diversity
Pride at Work