2019 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards

Building Influence for Change

March 6, 2019

The annual HIO 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 workforce, and to celebrate employer excellence in Ottawa.

The evidence is clear that diversity and inclusion make our economy and community stronger. Businesses that embrace diversity and are inclusive of immigrants are more innovative, productive and successful. Despite various efforts towards a more diverse workplace, barriers continue to limit progress.

So, what influences people to act and become champions for diversity and inclusion?

Meaningful intercultural relationships propel changes in perception and enhance individuals’ understanding and ability to influence others. This often results in broader and stronger support for creating a culture of belonging for all employees, including immigrants.

Leaders who develop deeper relationships and understanding across difference are best positioned to positively influence others to foster inclusive workplace cultures and welcoming communities.

This year’s Employer Summit will highlight the critical role of relationships in building influence for change. Speakers, employers and immigrants will share unique and diverse approaches and experiences with formal and informal mentorship, allyship, and sponsorship, and practical ideas for how individuals can develop and use their influence to propel positive change in their workplaces and communities.

Speakers

Tej Singh Hazra
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Expert
Mark Sutcliffe
Broadcaster, Writer, Entrepreneur

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

2018: Standing Up for Inclusion – Bold Leadership to Unlock the Potential of Diversity

2017: Celebrating 10 years of Employer Engagement for Immigrant Employment

2016: Going Beyond Our Best Intentions: Unconscious Bias. Inclusive Leadership. Leveraging Diversity

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

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Upcoming Events

Nov
28
Thu
1:00 pm Employer Learning Forum
Employer Learning Forum
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Employer Learning Forum
Need help finding talent? Almost half of the respondents to the 2019 Ottawa Business Growth Survey reported that they plan to hire new employees over the coming year, however, access to skilled talent is a ... Read More
Dec
3
Tue
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Dec 3 @ 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
Dec
12
Thu
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Through research, we can now describe the profile of the person who adapts inter-culturally (both to culture and to workplace) most effectively. In this session we will focus on: exploring the adaptation process and the ... Read More
Jan
9
Thu
1:00 pm Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Jan 9 @ 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
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