2016 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards

Going Beyond Our Best Intentions: Unconscious Bias. Inclusive Leadership. Leveraging Diversity

March 8 and 9, 2016

The annual Employers’ Summit is a premier event that brings together over 100 business, government and civic leaders in a program designed to engage participants in a dialogue about the effective integration of skilled immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence in Ottawa.

The evidence is compelling – unconscious or “hidden” biases have a tremendous impact on the hundreds of decisions we make each and every day. Research indicates that these biases are a normal part of brain functioning, providing us with efficient mental shortcuts with which to process large amounts of information. However, unconscious biases in the workplace can also undermine organizations’ and leaders’ best intentions and efforts to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Effective leaders are those who are aware of these biases and understand how to overcome them.

This year’s Summit examines the impact of unconscious bias on talent management, from recruitment and hiring, to succession planning, performance evaluation, and developing inclusive leadership skills.

The Summit’s expert speakers and panelists will examine how unconscious bias can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions, and outline the steps that can be taken to minimize its negative impact on organizational performance and success.

Keynote Speakers

Annahid-Dashtgard Vandana
Annahid Dashtgard Vandana Juneja
Senior Partner, Anima Leadership Inc. Senior Director, Catalyst

Get Involved!
To learn about how you can participate in the Employer Summit, contact Lorena Costa, Manager, Employer Engagement: lcosta@hireimmigrantsottawa.ca or 613.228.6715

Past Summits and Expert Presentations

2015: Skills to Jobs: Ottawa’s Human Capital Requirements in the Knowledge Economy

2014: Leveraging Immigrant Talent to Grow and Diversify Ottawa’s Economy

2013: Diversity Works! Energize, Engage, and Excel with Ottawa’s Global Talent

2012: Diverse Talent: Taking It to the Top

2011: Diverse Talent Is the New Competitive Edge: Attract, Develop, and Retain

2010: Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation: The Key to Addressing Ottawa’s Talent Needs


Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our facilitator will be joined by a panel of New Canadians in this interactive session focused on creating dialogue among new internationally educated professionals (IEPs) and current teams in your workplace. We will explore and ... Read More
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Curriculum topics include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural ... Read More
1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Most intercultural conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a ... Read More
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive learning session we will explore how the sending and receiving of messages during the interview can lead to misinterpretations and misconceptions. We will use a paradigm to build skills that are interpreted ... Read More
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