About this Event
? Date: October 11th, 2023
⏰ Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
? Location: King Blue Hotel Toronto, 355 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J5
During this half-day workshop, we will be focusing on developing an effective Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) business plan that aligns with your organization's vision and objectives.
The workshop will be facilitated by an expert keynote speaker who has extensive experience in the field of EDI. Their expertise will help guide you through the process of developing an effective EDI plan and provide valuable insights.
Expert Keynote Speaker: Our esteemed keynote speaker, will deliver a thought-provoking presentation on the importance of EDI in today's business landscape. They will also provide practical strategies and best practices for successful implementation.
Facilitated Business Plan Development: Through interactive sessions, you will have the opportunity to work on your own EDI business plan with guidance from the speaker. This hands-on approach will help you customize your strategies and goals to suit your unique business needs.
Business Plan Template: To assist you in structuring your EDI business plan, we will provide a comprehensive template that covers key areas such as leadership commitment, recruitment and hiring, training and education, workplace policies, and community engagement. This template will serve as a valuable resource for your future EDI initiatives.
Networking Opportunities: The workshop will also provide an excellent platform for networking and exchanging ideas with other businesses that share your commitment to EDI. Engage in conversations, build relationships, and explore potential collaborations with like-minded individuals.
Breakfast and Coffee: To ensure your comfort and energy throughout the morning, we will be providing a delicious breakfast and freshly brewed coffee for all attendees.
We highly encourage you to attend this workshop as it presents a unique opportunity to gain expert guidance and insights to accelerate your EDI implementation journey.
We respectfully acknowledge that Toronto is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Meet the speaker:
Vic Duarte (she/her) is a legal scholar and professional with international, human rights, and environmental law expertise. Throughout her Master’s Degree, Vic studied subjects ranging from EDI advocacy to Public International Law, writing her dissertation on ecological constitutionalism in Canada. As a first-generation legal professional and member of the LGBTQS2IA+ community, she is passionate about upholding equity, diversity and inclusion in the corporate world through design thinking, legal research, and other tools aimed at improving accessibility for vulnerable groups. Vic has served on the University of Guelph’s Senate, acting as a strategizer for the institution’s Anti-Racism Action Plan. She has also shaped the City Law School’s EDI Strategy as a Programme Representative. She is currently a Professor at Seneca Polytechnic, the University of Guelph-Humber, and Humber College ITAL. In addition to teaching, Vic is a documentary-style author with a YouTube channel who adores travel.
Akinkunmi Akinnola (he/him) is an EDI Leader with extensive experience in Strategic Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Affairs and Media Relations. He has worked for international organizations spanning the tech, professional services, energy and advertising sectors in North America, Europe and Africa. Akinkunmi is an Adjunct Professor at IE University teaching an advanced seminar on Inclusive Spaces and Organizations. As an EDI consultant, he has offered his skillset to a number of organizations, including Indigo, the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, the Black Opportunity Fund and the Black Talent Initiative, to name a few. He has been featured as a subject matter expert in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and CityLine TV to share his knowledge and shape conversation on workplace EDI strategy. He sits on a number of boards and councils, including The Drake Hotel and the Mina Project, in which he chairs race and gender equity-related concerns, respectively. His two passions are people and places - he loves to travel and loves meeting new people.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
King Blue Hotel Toronto, 355 King Street West, Toronto, Canada