2021 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards

Brave New Future: How Businesses can Re-build for a More Inclusive Future

March 9, 2021 ~ Virtual via Zoom

The pandemic has exposed the depth of existing inequities within society and in the labour market, highlighting the disproportionate impact on racialized and immigrant populations. The call for inclusion and the demand for accountability and action has never been stronger.

This year’s Summit will explore opportunities to re-imagine, create and build inclusive businesses – embracing new ways of doing things to harness the optimal potential of a diverse workforce.

Wes Hall, founder and executive chairman, Kingsdale Advisors, and founder, The BlackNorth Initiative, will deliver the Summit Keynote address. He will speak to the imperative of a commitment to action on diversity for business recovery and success, as well as to the groundbreaking work of The BlackNorth Initiative in changing the landscape of executive teams and corporate boards across Canada.

Join over 100 participants including senior executives, civic leaders and HR professionals from business, government, and not-for-profit organizations in a dialogue about how to challenge inequality and build inclusive businesses and organizations, to create opportunities for the effective integration of immigrants into the workforce.

The Summit program includes an employer panel and presentation of the 2021 HIO Employer Excellence Awards.

Keynote Speaker

Wes Hall, Founder and executive chairman, Kingsdale Advisors, and founder, The BlackNorth Initiative

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

2020: The Future of Work and Immigration

2019: Building Influence for Change

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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