8:00—8:45 AM: Registration and Breakfast

8:45—9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

9:00—9:15 AM: Champion Spotlight: Building Workplaces That Work For Women

Erin Davis, Director, Global Talent Engagement, Stantec Consulting
Erin Davis is a trailblazer with a passion for accelerating women into senior- and executive-level roles. A firm believer that every individual has the power to drive change, Erin has had a significant impact on workplace culture at Stantec and across the Edmonton business community. In this session, she’ll share how she built the highly successful Women@Stantec employee resource group (ERG), the first of its kind at the company—and used it as a blueprint to mobilize others ERGs. She’ll also share highlights from her lead role at Works for Women, an innovative network committed to making Alberta a better place for women to lead.

9:15—10:00 AM: Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work 

Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Financial Services & Canadian AI Lead, Accenture
Learn from an expert about the future of work technology and innovation. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how work gets done. It offers both benefits and challenges, for your organization’s workforce—the human side of things. Ethics, bias, and the diversity and inclusiveness of those who create, influence, and use AI all need to be considered. You’ll leave this presentation more informed and empowered to influence change in your workplace.

10:00—10:15 AM: Champion Spotlight: Building Workplaces That Work For Talented Newcomers

Aneela Zaib, Founder and CO, emergiTEL
Aneela Zaib arrived in Canada in 1998, four months pregnant, with a goal of finishing her Master’s degree in engineering, applying her skills as an electrical and computer engineer, and perhaps someday starting a business. Today, she is the transformational leader of emergiTEL, a pioneering recruitment agency that has reinvented the way traditional recruitment occurs in the IT and telecom industries. In particular, Aneela and her team have helped countless numbers of skilled immigrant women, who are often overlooked because they don’t have the requisite “Canadian experience,” to find sought-after technical positions. In this session, she’ll share her remarkable story along with strategies to help companies find the best talent.

10:15—10:30 AM: Break

10:30—11:15 AM: #MeToo—What’s Next?

Sponsored by: Accenture

The #MeToo movement has exposed workplace sexual harassment as an oft-ignored, tacitly condoned, hidden but no less important issue. The sheer volume of stories suggests that employers and employees have much to learn about how to create better workplace cultures that oppose and prevent this behavior. We know that the majority of men and women want to be part of the solution. Organizations need much more than policies and training to change behaviors and create safe, inclusive environments for all employees. In this session we will discuss strategies and tactics for organizations and leaders committed to making change, and ways in which individual employees can help create fair, safe, and respectful workplaces by interrupting behaviors that demean or diminish their colleagues.


Dnika J. Travis, Vice President, Research, Catalyst

Bill Morris, Senior Managing Director and Canada President, Accenture

11:15—11:30 AM: Champion Spotlight: Learn From Difference To Build Workplaces That Work

Kona Goulet, Director, Inclusion, BMO Financial Group
A fearless trailblazer and proud Indigenous woman, Kona Goulet has played a lead role in establishing inclusion and diversity goals at BMO. Inspired by the opportunity to create systemic, long-term impact, she has also helped develop the bank’s successful “Learn from Difference” initiative, which aims to build inclusive leadership skills for 7,000 people managers. In this session, Kona will share highlights from the popular program, which has received rave reviews from participants: 97% report they could confidently apply the learnings in the workplace. Get set for an interactive, thought-provoking discussion!

11:30 AM—12:30 PM: Lunch

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