Inclusive Business Forum 2019

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Friday, July 5, 2019
7:30 AM
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Individuals: $179 + GST
Table of 8: $1,700 +GST

Non-members
Individuals: $229 + GST
Table of 8: $2,200 +GST
Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast:  7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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It has been widely accepted that workplaces that foster a culture for inclusion perform better. However, there is no one-size fits all approach to inclusiveness.

Inclusive Business Forum 2019 will explore how employers can effectively engage and support a diverse workforce and will highlight both large and small businesses in our region that are proactively creating a workplace culture of inclusion.

The Forum will explore key themes such as:

  • Meaningfully engaging and training employees with developmental disabilities
  • Securing buy-in from the top management for diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Implications of changing legislation on diversity and inclusion

Keynote

Hon. Shane Simpson

The Honourable Shane Simpson
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Province of British Columbia

 

SESSION 1:

Inclusive Leadership: Leading the charge on diversity and inclusivity

Buy in from the senior level is important in ensuring the success of a diversity and inclusion strategy. In this session industry leaders will discuss what it takes to achieve leadership support for diversity and inclusion strategies, what these strategies entail, and how to overcome set backs and roadblocks.

Lisa Beecroft

Ricardo Wagner, Microsoft Accessibility Lead, Microsoft

Additional panellists to be announced

SESSION 2:

Inclusive training and skills development for meaningful engagement

Inclusion goes beyond inclusive employment practices. It involves a commitment to providing skills training and career advancement opportunities for those who face limited employment prospects. This session will explore how employers can provide the right training, tailored to young adults living with developmental disabilities, to grow our talent while preparing them for meaningful careers.

Dan BreggSean EastonMarianne Hooper

Dan Bregg, President, Buy Low Foods
Sean Easton, Co-Executive Director, Zero Ceiling Society of Canada
Marianne Hooper, Director of Operations, CanAssist at the University of Victoria

Additional panellists to be announced

SESSION 3:

Creating a Workplace Culture of Inclusion: How small businesses are making it work

While the benefits of diversity at the workplace are well established, tapping into these advantages in practice is not always an easy undertaking, especially for small businesses that face  resource constraints. This session will explore how small and medium businesses are making it work and will uncover the tools and strategies they use to effectively engage and support a diverse workforce to foster a workplace culture of inclusion.

Gary BirchChantal DugasKirsten Sutton

Lisa Beecroft, Owner, Gabi and Jules
Ash MacLeod, Managing Director, Save on Meats
Sarah White, Co-Founder, Fairware

Additional panellists to be announced

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