EDI Conference

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

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Friday, June 24, 2022
7:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. PT
Morning Program: 8:00 - 11:45 a.m. PT
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT
Afternoon Program: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. PT

Individuals: $249 + GST
Table of 8: $2,300 + GST

*Virtual: $100 + GST

Individuals: $349 + GST
Table of 8: $3,300 + GST

*Virtual: $200 + GST

Non-profits and Students:
In-Person: $149 + GST
*Virtual: $50 + GST
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*Please note if you choose to participate virtually, it will only be a live stream to watch the presentations. There will not be any breakout rooms to participate in workshops.

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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

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


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 e

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.


Roselene Dhaliwal

Roselene Dhaliwal
Equity & Inclusion, CMHA BC

Marc Gelmon

Marc Gelmon
Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor
IPS Supported Employment
CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch

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.


Sabrina Meherally Pamela Smith April Yau Manpreet Dhillon

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

Additional panellists to be announced

Session 3: Workshop
Addressing Inequalities with an Intersectional Approach

The term “intersectionality” was coined by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 and it argues that individuals can hold multiple oppressions which intersect to produce varied experiences of discrimination (rota.org). This session will explore how a holistic approach to addressing inequalities can provide greater support for all employees and provide tangible tools to implement and measure a business-oriented EDI and Truth and Reconciliation strategy.


Wyle Baoween

Wyle Baoween
HRx Technology

Session 4: 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 Jesse UnkeTina Lovgreen

Raghwa Gopal, President & CEO, Innovate BC
Jesse Unke, Vice President, Canada, COWI
Moderator: Tina Lovgreen, Spokesperson and Senior Manager of Media Relations and Social Media, TransLink

Additional panellists to be announced

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 Kai ScottTamara Taggart

Giselle Blackman, Head of Human Resources, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
Laura Didyk, Vice President, Client Diversity, BDC
Kai Scott, President and Gender Strategist, TransFocus Consulting
Moderator: Tamara Taggart, Host, Telus Talks with Tamara Taggart

Additional panellists to be announced

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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 boardoftrade.com/programs.