Catalyzing Connections Through Learning Together

Diversity, Innovation and Bias

  • 18 Apr 2018
  • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E. Gallery Room
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  • Registrations through to April 11, 2018
  • Registrations from April 12, 2018


Date: Wednesday, April 18th 2018
Fee: Guests $75 (CAD) Early Bird through April 11th, $85 thereafter (CAD)

Location: Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E., Gallery Rm.

Description: Diversity, Innovation and Bias

Event Itinerary:

  • 5:15 - Sign-in and open networking
  • 5:45 - Board introductions
  • 6:00 - Facilitated networking
  • 6:30 - Primary event
  • 8:15 - Wrap-up and other business

Primary event: Diversity, Innovation and Bias

This interactive talk will define Diversity and Inclusion and discuss how they link to innovation.   Diversity is about so much more than identity and we will explore Cognitive Diversity and how organizations can foster its institutionalization or fail to take advantage of its benefits.

We will then look at what constitutes a well workplace – one that leverages all dimensions of Diversity -and the intersectionality of inclusion, Diversity and Innovation.

Unconscious bias can be a barrier to well and inclusive workplaces and participants will explore their own biases and their impact on innovation.  Finally, we will share leading practice strategies for mitigating bias and enhancing innovation through inclusion.

Speaker Bio: Renée Bazile-Jones, Senior Director Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

A strategic, results-oriented change leader with a broad scope of business experience, Ms. Bazile-Jones is known in both Canada and the United States for her work in diversity and inclusion management, strategic planning, and the management of change.

Renée is an expert equity, diversity and inclusion trainer with deep experience and skills including:

  • Extensive experience developing and delivering customized training in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Design and delivery of numerous (well over 2,000 over the course of her career) training sessions, using adult education principles and inclusive curriculum design, delivery and facilitation methods.
  • The ability to create safe learning environments where participants are engaged, challenged, and supported in their learning.
  • A deep commitment to each learner for their growth as professionals.

About CCDI

We are a forward-looking social organization with research and learning woven into our DNA, tracing how people identify alongside demographic trends within the Canadian workplace to move employers from diversity to inclusion.

Our mission is to help those we work with be inclusive, free of prejudice and discrimination – and to generate the awareness, dialogue and action for people to recognize diversity as an asset and not an obstacle.

Our leadership came together from the corporate world with a shared goal of helping employers celebrate diversity and difference with a model that blends social impact and proven business tactics for inclusive work environments that mobilize the potential of individuals – and of teams.

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