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

Jun
4
Tue
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun
19
Wed
1:00 pm Employer Learning Forum
Employer Learning Forum
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fostering Inclusive Workplaces: Winning the Competition for Talent Are you looking for innovative ways to recruit and retain talent for your organization? 63% of Ottawa Businesses report talent acquisition and retention as a top issue ... Read More
Jun
20
Thu
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Jun 20 @ 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
Jul
16
Tue
1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore effective communication techniques for providing internationally educated professionals with day-to-day as well as performance evaluation feedback; use information on perceptual differences, communication styles and cultural conditioning to explore ... Read More
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