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Successful diversity and inclusion is about having a culture of acceptance, respect, and most importantly teamwork in the workplace. Regardless of race, sexual orientation, or physical and mental limitations, people need to feel encouraged to be their best selves every single day. This event includes several carefully constructed presentations embedded with knowledge and powerful experiences to deepen the dialogue by enabling participants to learn more about the various dimensions of diversity and inclusion. With each topic, attendees will leave with increased understanding, expanded perspectives, and skills on how to positively influence the way we interact and accept one another.
Session #1: Reality Check: Dispelling Myths About LGBTQ2+ Inclusion
Keynote Speaker: Colin Druhan, Executive Director, Pride at Work Canada
LGBTQ2+ people face significant barriers to employment and advancement in Canadian workplaces. Despite employment protections on the grounds of gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation bias and stereotypes about queer and trans people continue to pervade HR practices in BC and Yukon. This presentation will address and dispel widespread myths about LGBTQ2+ communities and provide actionable ways you can foster a workplace that is more inclusive.
- To understand some of the most common myths about LGBTQ2+ communities and where they come from
- To identify how your actions as an HR professional can have an impact on the marginalization of LGBTQ2+ people
- To foster workplace cultures that welcome LGBTQ2+ jobseekers and acknowledge the value of LGBTQ2+ employees
Session #2: Human Rights and Diversity Policies in the Workplace
Sponsor Speaker: Melanie Samuels, Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
- Why D&I in the workplace?
- Why have a D&I policy?
- Overview of Human Rights obligations on the Employer
- Drafting and Revising Policies
- Promoting D&I in the workplace
- Addressing specific issues in D&I policies
Session #3: In Search of Humanity
Sponsor Speaker: Dr. Jarik Conrad, Sr. Director, Human Insights & HCM Evangelism, UKG
The world is at an inflection point. Human rights violations, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of hate, chronic disparities based on race, age, sex, religion, and sexual orientation are occurring across the globe. These trends indicate that despite our sophisticated thinking in some areas, such as technology and medicine, we have fallen short when it comes to valuing other humans. The evolutionary instincts that paved the way for the survival of our species, such as tribalism, pose significant challenges for navigating modern life.
The way we live and the way we work is unsustainable. Corporate social responsibility must take on a new meaning if we have any hope to move society to be fairer, more just, and more human. In this session, we will discuss how human resources professionals will be the drivers of this transformation, at the heart of which will be understanding and appreciating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B).
- Create workplaces that are diverse, equitable and inclusive where all employees are valued for who they are and can achieve their full potential.
- Be clear and transparent about their values and operate accordingly both inside and outside of their walls - even if it means losing employees, customers, or investors.
- Give voice to the voiceless. Employers can use their influence to affect broader social issues that are aligned with their vision.
Session #4: How to become an inclusive employer – Tapping into a diverse talent pool
Delia Meinhardt, Assistant Director, Employment Services, Developmental Disabilities Association
Rochelle Rezansoff, Manager & Business Development, Developmental Disabilities Association
This presentation will address and dispel myths about hiring individuals with diverse abilities and provide you with ways to create an inclusive workforce. Explore the untapped talent pool – people living with intellectual disabilities and others who live with multiple barriers.
- How to build a diverse workforce
- Business Case of hiring people with varying abilities
- Recruitment Practices
- Job Carving & Accommodations
- Community Resources