Topic – How to approach systems. Strategies to influence change and to increase support. Sharing organizational structural knowledge, especially D&I structures.
Presentation : Telus Diversity & Inclusion
Evert Poor, Data Quality Manager at TELUS, has over 39 years of experience leading diverse teams in a number of different
disciplines at TELUS. He is one of the founding members of the Eagles, a Team Resource Group (TRG) representing Aboriginal
team members and allies within TELUS.
Evert is in his second year as a selected member of the TELUS Diversity Council. As a Council member, he supports the
development and activities to enhance the understanding and sustainability of a diverse and inclusive culture. The council
reviews initiatives, policies and practices to determine their effectiveness in supporting and reflecting a respectful, diverse and
welcoming workplace. Evert collaborates with team resource groups, the Community Investment team and various business
units to help achieve their goals.
Evert has held executive positions with a number of business associations including Chairman of a non-profit daycare, President
One Part Family association; President of a Mall Merchant association.
Part of Evert’s family has been here since the world began. He is Saulteaux (pronounced, SOH-toh) Ojibway Nation and a
member of the Tootinaowaxiibeeng (Valley River) Indian band of Manitoba.
Break out groups – Three questions posed:
1. Share the D&I structures in your organizations (if you have one) or describe your dream team.
2. What strategies has your organization used to increase support for diversity and inclusion?
3. How do you identify and build potential team resource groups (also called affinity groups or
employee resource groups) in your organization?
Topic – Shifting from Diversity to Inclusion
Presentation – “Action Model for Inclusion”
Speaker: Todd Odgers
Todd Odgers is Principal of NorQuest College’s Centre for Intercultural Education in Edmonton Canada. The Centre is unique in Canada and its research and training activities focus on the development of intercultural competence for business, industry, government, educators, and nonprofits nationally and internationally. Since its launch in 2009 the Centre’s nine member team has completed 18 major funded applied research projects and worked with over fifty organizations regionally, nationally and internationally.
Todd facilitates and speaks widely to groups wanting to improve their effectiveness engaging diverse populations. In addition to his role with NorQuest he is facilitator of the Queen’s University International Educators’ Training Program and works with university and college faculty and administrators across Canada and into the United States. Todd has taught management to undergraduate students, English for the Workplace and Intercultural Communication in Canada and abroad. For ten of the years between 1988 and 2002 he worked in Japan teaching and training nationally to develop intercultural competence with the management and staff of many of the country’s best known corporations.
In this meeting the EBDN discussed System wide approach to diversity: inclusion agreement, benchmarking done, digital and analog metrics captured, college-wide learning outcomes (including intercultural education), elements that foster creativity: right talent, technology, and tolerance.
Group discussions addressed some of the following questions:
- What kind of activities do you undertake to create an inclusive environment?
- How does your organization articulate the relationship between inclusion and organizational success?
- What does an inclusive workplace look like (attributes/characteristics)?
- What inclusion initiative or improvement would you make if you were given budget and authority? What gap or need would it address?
Hosted by Norquest College, Sponsored by Dentons LLP
Topic – Sharing Success and Challenges
Presentation – “Diversity – One size doesn’t fit all”
Speaker: Corinne Warwaruk, Talent Director at Deloitte and Touche. She has over 25 years of experience within professional services. She is a designated Chartered Accountant, a Certified Human Resources Professional and is currently completing a PCC – Professional Certified Coach designation.
Corinne is the Talent Advisory Lead supporting Audit and Assurance for Western Canada and the Alberta Talent Lead supporting the Edmonton and Calgary offices in the areas of employee engagement and diversity and inclusion.
Group discussion: Outline your diversity and inclusion successes, challenges, and possible solutions.
In this meeting the EBDN discussed challenges and solutions with various systems, resource, management, business cases, and other that exist in both the corporate, nonprofit and government setting.
Hosted and Sponsored by Enbridge Pipeline