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Building a Better Future Together: Requires Equity, Diversity and Inclusion along with Truth and Reconciliation

Friday, June 24, 2022
7:30 AM
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Schedule:7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. PT


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Rob Chiarello Kory Wilson

Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Pacific Blue Cross
Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) is proud to invite you to a special event bringing together our region to inspire action, results, and impact on advancing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Truth, and Reconciliation.

Research has shown that racially and ethnically diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35 percent (McKinsey & Company) and 76 percent of job seekers seek a diverse workforce when considering jobs (Glassdoor). To drive systemic and equitable change in our workplaces, we must accelerate EDI workplace strategy and enhance learning, understanding, and solution development.

Attending this one-day conference will provide you with the tools to:

  • Invest in strategies and initiatives to build and leverage a talent pipeline with diverse skills, experiences, culture, background, and abilities to contribute to an organization’s success.
  • Provide resources to impact decision-making and success in achieving inclusion goals
  • Commit to creating and maintaining inclusive and supportive work environments where employees thrive.
  • Influence the next generation of employees to include an EDI & Truth and Reconciliation lens to their employment practices.
  • Enhance business innovation.


Wes Hall

Wes Hall
"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Entrepreneur | Philanthropist

Special Remarks

Honourable Janet Austin

The Honourable Janet Austin
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia  

Session 1: Workshop
Addressing Biases in the Workplace

Workplace biases can be subtle, indirect, unconscious, or categorized as microaggressions with 39 percent of employees experiencing them frequently – at least once a month (Deloitte). This session will address hiring and employment practices and the mental health toll on those who experience and/or witness biases in the workplace.

Workshop Presentation Slides


Genievieve Apolinar

Genievieve Apolinar
Regional Manager
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Marc Gelmon

Kenneth Chang
Vocational Rehabiliation Counsellor
IPS Supported Employment
CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Roselene Dhaliwal

Roselene Dhaliwal
Equity & Inclusion, CMHA BC

Session 2: Panel
Inclusive Consumer Markets

What you market, who you market to, and how you market are the three key concepts to creating inclusive marketing (Microsoft). As the world moves towards becoming more inclusive, marketers must evolve their strategy to ensure they’re appealing to people of all demographics. This panel will discuss inclusive products and services, marketing and sales practices, supplier diversity, and design inclusion.


Keith Henry  Sabrina Meherally  Pamela Smith  April Yau  Manpreet Dhillon

Keith Henry, President and CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
Sabrina Meherally, Founder and CEO, Pause and Effect
Pamela Smith, National Director, Corporate Communications, Colliers Canada
April Yau, Group Director, Account Services & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Major Tom
Moderator: Manpreet Dhillon, Founder, Veza Global

Session 3: Panel
Embracing and Sustaining Allyship

Many people are members of two or more marginalized groups (Harvard Business Review) and in order to move the dial on EDI and Truth and Reconciliation, the support and collaboration of allies is more important than ever. This session will discuss the power of allyship programs in fostering a culture of belonging.


Raghwa Gopal   Candice Loring   Deana Morton  Jesse Unke  Tina Lovgreen

Raghwa Gopal, President & CEO, Innovate BC
Candice Loring, Senior Advisor Indigenous Relations and Initiatives, Mitacs
Deana Morton, Partner, National Leader – Indigenous Tax Services, MNP
Jesse Unke, Vice President, Canada, COWI
Moderator: Tina Lovgreen, Spokesperson and Senior Manager of Media Relations and Social Media, TransLink

Session 4: Workshop
A Systematic Approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Practical Steps for Long Term Change

Most organizations understand that change is necessary to build an inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace, yet many are not clear where to prioritize efforts, what gaps may exist or what strategies would be most effective. In this session Wyle, Baoween, CEO of HRx will discuss the phases organizations go through to create this change, showcasing Ledcor's journey that led them to be recognized, in March 2022, as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.


Wyle Baoween

Wyle Baoween
HRx Technology

Farran Hobbs

Farran Hobbs
SVP Services & Operation
Ledcor Technical Services

Session 5: Panel
The Future of Inclusion

The social movements in the last two years have created meaningful shifts in organizations’ attention to racial justice and equity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic risks wiping out years of advances in supporting a diverse workforce (McKinsey & Company).This session will discuss ways of solving EDI challenges in a hybrid workforce and innovations that will help us advance EDI and Truth and Reconciliation.  


Giselle Blackman Laura Didyk Yat Li Kai ScottJessie WilliamsTamara Taggart

Giselle Blackman, Head of Human Resources, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
Laura Didyk, Vice President, Client Diversity, BDC
Yat Li, Senior Accessibility Consultant, Presidents Group
Kai Scott, President and Gender Strategist, TransFocus Consulting
Jessie Williams, Director of Business Development and Communications, New Relationship Trust
Moderator: Tamara Taggart, Host, Telus Talks with Tamara Taggart

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This event is presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) Program. The DLC, an evolution of the Women's Leadership Council program, is an inclusive program that champions and advocates for leadership that best reflects the diversity of the Greater Vancouver region. The DLC focuses on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to encourage allyship and enhance business innovation. The DLC is committed to investing in the participation and promotion of underrepresented groups, while supporting the business community to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Learn more