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Skills for Change is proud to host Diversity@Work Conference,

an annual professional conference dedicated to building inclusive and productive workplaces

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The 10th Annual Diversity@Work 2019

“Reflect on the Past, Prepare for the Future”

A diversity lens to becoming a global powerhouse economy

We will welcome 300+ attendees and speakers to explore the practices of diversity and inclusion in the workplace!



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CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring our members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We serve and support 92,000 members and 21,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academia.


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The 2019 Diversity@Work Conference marks the tenth anniversary of the Skills for Change cornerstone event. We invite you to join us this year in reflecting upon our decade long journey, while also helping to ensure a bright future for diversity and inclusivity in the Canadian workplace. 

Many organizations distribute diversity policies alongside their HR manuals, but inclusion at work is not merely a formality — it’s a nuanced arena facing many intersecting challenges, changes, uncertainties, and grey areas. We need, now more than ever, to build a better culture of inclusion in the workplace to uphold Canada as a globally competitive economic power. 

Nearly forty years ago Skills for Change, a nonprofit settlement agency in Toronto, assumed a leadership role in its community to address policy, undertake public education, and research challenges facing immigrants and refugees. At the same time, Skills for Change pioneered innovative service models specific to internationally trained professionals, in part because we have always recognized the invaluable contributions newcomers make to the Canadian economy. 

For the past decade Skills for Change has hosted Diversity@Work, the professional development conference dedicated to building an inclusive and productive Canadian workforce. This conference was also created for corporate leaders and HR professionals alike to discuss how to better increase the participation of marginalized groups in the Canadian labour market through the lens of diversity and inclusion. 

Even after ten years of our rewarding Diversity@Work journey, we still see the crucial need for cultural diversity and social inclusion in the Canadian workplace.

Please join us for the 10th Annual Diversity@Work Conference to reflect upon the past decade, while also preparing for a healthy and profitable tomorrow for everyone in Canada. Our speakers — each of whom have disrupted, pioneered, and innovated our workplaces — will discuss their experiences, current practices, and also provide useful tools and resources to help us prepare for the future. 

We hope you see you on September 20th, 2019!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Aaron Barth

President and Founder Dialectic


Diversity Training Days’ Don’t Work. So How Do You Design a Program That Makes Things Better?


Backed by data and evidence from the behavioural, social and cognitive sciences, Dr. Aaron Barth, Founder and President ofDialectic, will explain the reasons behind the truth we all intuitively know: One-day diversity training doesn’t make our workplaces more inclusive, diverse, or equitable – and can actually have the opposite effect.

He’ll share evidence-based secrets to creating education that beats bias, improves inclusion for diverse groups, and delivers real, measurable business results. Dr. Barth’s keynote will highlight D&I Learning Snippets, a program he has helped progressive organizations implement with demonstrable success.

Helen Peng

Vice President Talent Acquisition and Development Sun Life

Conference Speakers and Panelists



Vivian Li

Senior Manager,
Inclusive Recruitment,



Kristine Remedios

Chief Inclusion & Social Impact Officer,
KPMG Canada



Rahima Mamdani

Vice President,
People and Culture,
United Way Greater Toronto



Dean Delpeache

Manager, Talent Acquisition
Fiix Software



Lisa Kelly

Co-founder & Partner



Cassie Myers




Natai Shelsen

Goldblatt Partners LLP



Janey Buzugbe

Senior Accounts Manager,
Talent X



Eleanor McIntyre

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer,



Duncan Burns-Shillington

DLA Piper



Robyn Connelly

Director, Community Relations
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Wendy Cukier

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy & Academic Director, The Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management Ryerson University


Mridula Nair


Supervisor, Employer Engagement & Program Marketing

Skills for Change



Wade Poziomka


Human Rights and Labour Lawyer, Ross & MsBride

Surranna Sandy

CEO, Skills for Change