Claudia Thompson, Managing Director, Health & Public Service, and Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture Canada
A 28-year veteran of Accenture, Claudia Thompson is a passionate advocate for a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. Recognizing that progress takes more than just one individual or group, she has led efforts to galvanize the support of senior leaders, employee resource group leaders and volunteers, outside partners, clients—and more. In 2017, Accenture set a goal for a gender-balanced workforce by 2025, putting initiatives in place to attract, support, and advance more women. In this session, Claudia will share key strategies for achieving its 2025 ambition, and lessons learned along the way.
Session 1: Be Intentional, Accelerate Your Career
Sponsored by: KPMG
This interactive session will have a strong emphasis on two critical skills necessary for advancement: 1) building mutually beneficial relationships with influential others and 2) making achievements visible in ways that benefit the individual and the organization.
Audrey Gallien, Senior Director, Business Development, Catalyst
Kristine Remedios, National Leader, Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG
Session 2: Leveraging Differences to Increase Innovation
Sponsored by: BMO Financial Group
In an era of global competitiveness, disruption and innovation are no longer anomalies of chance or luck, Rather, they are essential ingredients for corporate competitiveness and survival. Catalyst research shows that when employees feel included, they are more likely to innovate and contribute to their teams. Participants will explore ways to deliberately create environments conducive to maximum innovation, including how to leverage differences to foster creative problem-solving and cultivate psychological safety among teams where risk-taking and mistakes are a launch pad to innovation.
Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Canada & Asia Pacific, Catalyst
Sherazad Adib, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Québec, Catalyst
Session 3: What Does it Mean to be a “Good Man” in an Era of Global Women’s Movements?
Sponsored by: CIBC
The Women’s Marches, #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have lit up the global conversation about women’s position in society, making it feel like all the rules are being re-written. In this session, we will explore how men can navigate this new reality, asking and answering some of the questions that simultaneously feel both necessary and off-limits. What makes a “good man” today? How do men really feel about our current culture? Are they allowed to feel that way? What happens if you don’t know what’s expected of you, or worse, aren’t sure you want to do it? How can men who wish to be on the so-called “right side” of history navigate authentically and safely through this new world era? And how can women, men, and organizations partner to support progress for not only for women but for all?
Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst
Michael Chamberlain, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Catalyst
Andrew Turnbull, Senior Vice President, Small Business Banking, CIBC
Jane Yuen, Vice President, Personal Banking and Products Technology, CIBC
Simon Fish, General Counsel, BMO Financial Group
Simon Fish is the guiding force behind BMO’s successful five-year enterprise strategy to increase the diversity of its workforce at all levels. Raised in South Africa, he is the child of an active opponent of apartheid, an experience that shaped his early values and perspectives on the importance of inclusion. These values have galvanized his efforts to drive change at BMO, as well as in the larger Canadian legal community, where he has worked tirelessly to help advance talented, diverse lawyers across all sectors. In this session, Simon will share his personal journey to drive inclusion beyond his own workplace.
Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA
Equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, is something that many sectors have yet to sort out. The sports industry is no exception. While evidence shows that pay equity is not only the right but also the smart thing to do, women, be they professionals, hourly workers or athletes, continue to be overlooked and underappreciated.
Join Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA, as she shares how she propelled the wage gap conversation onto the global stage as she worked to address the gender pay gap in tennis and partnered with trailblazers who paved the way for women in sport.
Bill McFarland, Former CEO and Chief Inclusion Officer, PwC Canada
Bill McFarland is a passionate leader and dynamic change-maker. As CEO of PwC Canada, he recognized the lack of diversity on the formerly all-white male leadership team and set about influencing change across the organization. He leveraged his position to accelerate and champion women, holding his leadership team accountable for active sponsorship of key female talent thereby advancing toward the goal of gender parity in leadership. Today, PwC is on track to achieving this goal among partner admits by 2020. In this session, Bill will share his views on the importance of inclusion and how to hold leaders accountable.
4:00 PM: Closing