2018 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards

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

March 21, 2018

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.

Business leaders have a central role to play in standing up for inclusion and demonstrating that Canada’s diversity is indeed our strength. Fostering workplaces that maximize the benefits of culturally diverse talent through inclusion goes beyond an ethical imperative – it is a business imperative that can unlock innovation and growth. Bold leadership from the business community will make a difference beyond the walls of workplaces, influencing the marketplace and building stronger and more attractive and inclusive economies and communities. We need this leadership now, perhaps more than ever.

Speakers and presenters will examine the critical role of bold and inclusive leadership in driving workplace innovation and growth. Participants will engage in open dialogue and discussions and learn best practices and tips that business leaders can use to unlock the potential of diversity.

The Summit program will include a keynote address delivered by Hadiya Roderique, a lawyer, writer and speaker, a presentation by Kate Morican, Partner, Deloitte, a learning exchange, networking opportunities and the presentation of the 2018 HIO Employer Excellence Awards.


Hadiya Roderique Kate Morican

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

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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