Diversity@Work 2015 Speakers

KEYNOTE Co-Presenters

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City Councillor for Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)

Currently in her seventh term as City Councillor, Pam is also serving as Deputy Mayor, with the responsibility of leading Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.  Pam is a member of the Government Management Committee, which oversees the City’s assets and administrative operations, the Affordable Housing Committee, which directs investment to affordable housing opportunities, and Toronto & East York Community Council, which is responsible for local planning and neighbourhood issues.

Winnie Ng, CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University

Dr. Ng is a labour rights and community activist. She is the past co-chair of Good Jobs for All Coalition that has been advocating for a comprehensive strategy on environment, employment and equity.   In 2013, she led a study on the impact of plant closure on older racialized immigrant workers and released the report, An Immigrant all over again?

Wade Poziomka | Human Rights and Labour Lawyer

Wade joined Ross & McBride LLP in 2010 and practices predominantly in human rights law, appearing frequently before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  Read more…

Mike Richards| Partner, Davis LLP

Michael S. Richards is a partner specializing in employment and labour law in Toronto.
Michael was called to the bar in both Ontario and British Columbia and has represented
clients before various levels of courts in both provinces, before administrative tribunals, at
arbitrations, in mediation and at other negotiations, including collective bargaining. Read More… 

Colin Druhan | Executive Director, Pride at Work Canada

Colin Druhan is passionate about improving the climate of inclusion for LGBT employees in Canadian workplaces. As Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada he maintains operational accountability for the delivery of the organization’s national strategy, programs, and initiatives. Read More…

 Andre Goh Manager, Diversity Management Toronto Police Service

André leads a team of professionals in Diversity Management for the Toronto Police Service (Service), a leading policing agency in diversity and inclusion (National best diversity employer for 2008-2012). André is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, andalignment of the Service’s integrated diversity initiatives including sustainable development and corporate inclusive strategies. Read More…

Waheeda Rahman, Director, Organizational Development and Diversity at The Scarborough Hospital

Ms. Rahman is the Director, Diversity, Equity and Stakeholder Outreach at The Scarborough Hospital. Her primary role is to support the hospital in realizing its Vision of – providing the best healthcare to a global community. Read More…

Dr. Wendy Cukier, BA, MA, MBA, PhD, DU, LLD Founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University Vice President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Dr. Cukier’s work has focused on technological innovation and social change. She has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation and management and is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”. Read More…

Dr. Pnina Alon-Shenker , Assistant Professor | Department of Law & Business, the founder and Academic Director of the Law & Business Clinic at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Dr. Alon-Shenker served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice Dalia Dorner of the Supreme Court of Israel in 2002-2003 and was called to the Israeli Bar in 2003. Dr. Alon-Shenker joined Ryerson as a sessional instructor in 2009 and became an Assistant Professor in 2010. Read More

Rhonda Singer, MSc, CHRD, CMF
Vice President, Global Talent, Global Learning Inc.

A passionate, respected innovator, Rhonda Singer helps organizations achieve bottom line results through Identifying, leveraging, and engaging global talent. Her 20+ years of senior leadership accomplishments achieved within corporate, entrepreneurial and not for profit environments have made her an ideal partner for business leaders seeking to optimize return with their multi-cultural talent investments. Read More

Chris MacDonald | PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education & Research Program

Chris MacDonald, Ph.D., is Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre and Founding Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research program, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He is also a Nonresident Senior Scholar at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.  Read More

Cara Kwok, MBA, CHRL
Cara Kwok is a strategic business partner who strives to understand her client’s needs and uses creativity and innovation to find unique solutions. This approach enables her to easily build relationships and influence positive outcomes for any situation at hand. She is currently leading many strategic and corporate initiatives at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network. These initiatives provide the foundation for countless transformative patient experiences every day; cultivating Toronto Rehab’s worldwide reputation as a leader in rehabilitation therapy and research. Read More 
Laurie Stewart Manager, MA  HR Communications,  Co-Chair, Positive Space Ryerson University
Laurie Stewart is the manager of communications for the administrative departments at Ryerson and the co-chair of Positive Space Ryerson. She has a masters in international communications and over ten years’ experience in internal and strategic communications. Read more