November 9, 2016 – Unconscious Bias

Thank you to everyone who attended our ‘Looking back, moving forward’ event in September.  We identified 4 topics of interest for the group to explore in 2016/7.   The first of these will be Unconscious Bias.

During this workshop we will discuss the definition of unconscious bias and it’s connection to brain processes. Participants will have an opportunity to explore case studies of unconscious bias in the workplace, and work through strategies to mitigate bias.


This session will be presented by Jill Chesley, Team Lead, Diversity and Inclusion at Enbridge. Jill Chesley is a founding member of the EBDN and current Board Chair.  Jill’s passion for working across difference began after working in Japan for over a year, then travelling the world. Jill has had the opportunity to live and work in Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Jill also spent time working in Afghanistan in 2007.

For her full bio, please visit our website.


Please select a ticket based on your level of membership with EBDN.  If you have any questions on accessing tickets, please email us at


Thank you to Sysco for hosting our event.

ERIEC 6th Annual Corporate Business Leaders Breakfast

Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) is pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual Corporate Business Leaders Breakfast to hear and discuss various issues facing local business leaders with respect to the “hiring, integrating and retaining immigrant and refugee professionals”.

This year’s keynote presentation: “Leveraging Unconscious Bias for Your Inclusive Organization” – Guest Speaker: Todd Odgers, Principal of the NorQuest College Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE).

Venue: Alberta Art Gallery in the Ernest Manning Hall, Main Level.

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 

Schedule: Breakfast Presentation

7:30 am – 8:00 am    Registration/Breakfast.
8:00 am – 8:10 am    ERIEC – Welcome.
8:10 am – 8:45 am    Speaker: Todd Odgers.
8:45 am – 9:00 am    Questions.

Co-sponsored by the City of Edmonton this annual breakfast and workshop is for those business leaders, top HR professionals and managers, who are looking for an opportunity to network and build relationships with their peers and share perspectives with leading professionals.

This year’s breakfast speaker is Todd Odgers. Todd is the Principal of the NorQuest College Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE) in Edmonton Alberta. The CIE is a research and training center that has conducted over 4 million in research and worked with close to 100 organizations in business, industry, higher education and the community to develop intercultural skill and tools that make the workplace inclusive.

In his presentation Todd will discuss how the mark of success is not the range of diversities in an organization, but how well that mix works to achieve organizational goals. This session will invite us to think differently about how we can use implicit bias as a tool to grow the effectiveness of our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Unconscious bias is pervasive and holds us all back from the levels of inclusion our diverse organizations require to achieve top performance. Recent research into the power of unconscious bias and how it can be leveraged to inform and grow an inclusive and dynamic workplace can serve us as we design and implement our own strategies. This morning’s session will share specific approaches leaders can consider when they want to take their people and organizations to the next level of growing the skills necessary to lead and operate effectively in inclusive ways.

Businesses will also hear about the ERIEC’s mentorship and networking programming streams, which provides leadership opportunities for local employers to orient professional immigrants and refugees and develop their intercultural understanding of the Canadian workplace. For more information on the ERIEC’s Mentorship and Networking programs go to

We hope that you will be able to join us. Seats are limited so please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place. You can register at: