Inclusive Business Forum

Talent Management: Succeeding with Diversity

Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:15 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast:  7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
Program: 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Research shows that organizations with inclusive cultures tend to be more innovative, respond to change more effectively, and are more likely to meet or exceed their financial targets. For these reasons, companies around the globe are making diversity a top priority.

Join the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Sept. 21 for its inaugural Inclusive Business Forum, which will help your business identify strategies that you can begin implementing immediately.

This half-day event will be co-hosted by Tamara Vrooman and Craig Richmond, who serve as co-chairs of the Presidents Group — a change-driven network of B.C. business leaders.

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Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis
Former Senior Vice President
NOGWOG Disability Initiative



How does inclusive hiring improve your bottom line?

Greater Vancouver is challenged with low levels of labour productivity, as highlighted in the Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard 2016. However, there is an untapped talent pool that can assist with this shortfall. Hear from recognized leaders in inclusive hiring on how engaging employees with diverse abilities result in tangible economic benefits; including increased productivity, increased revenue potential and access to talent pools to meet business needs.

Lisa BeecroftKristine RemediosTamara VroomanNatalie Obiko Pearson

Lisa Beecroft, Owner, Gabi & Jules
Kristine Remedios, National Director Inclusion and Diversity, KPMG
Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancity
Moderator: Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg News


How can you move beyond the uncomfortable conversations and build inclusive cultures?

Do you find talking open and honestly about issues of accessibility uncomfortable, perceive it as risky, and end up just ignoring the topic? If you do, then this session will be the perfect opportunity for you ask the important questions and hear personal stories that will be a catalyst in changing the perception of how people with diverse abilities/disabilities are valued for their contributions to the workplace.

Dan BreggChris HattonCraig RichmondHayley Woodin

Dan Bregg, President, Buy Low Foods
Chris Hatton, COO, HSBC
Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority
Moderator: Hayley Woodin, Multimedia reporter, Business in Vancouver


How do you find, recruit and retain diverse talent?

Now that you have an understanding of the value in having a diverse recruitment practice it's time to start putting it into practice. Get practical advice on how your organization can recruit and retain diverse talent. Panellists will share what they did to successfully engage this talent pool and how they removed existing barriers to implement and measure the progress of inclusive hiring.

Gary BirchChantal DugasKirsten SuttonCraig Richmond

Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society
Chantal Dugas, General Manager, Linguistic Affairs and Diversity, Air Canada
Kirsten Sutton, Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada
Moderator: Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia O.B.C., LL.D(Hon), Co-Founder, Pacific Autism Family Network and CEO, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa | Absolute Spa Group


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Sponsorship Opportunities
Do you want to gain direct access to the senior-level audience at this event? As a sponsor, you will benefit from enhanced visibility, which can lead to new business and increased brand recognition. We offer a wide range of opportunities. To discuss how we can help boost your business, call Lisa at 604-640-5484 or email .