2018 Employer Summit

2018 Employer Summit and Awards – An Overview

This year’s Summit engaged over 180 employers, civic leaders and stakeholders to discuss the need for bold leadership to foster inclusive workplaces that maximize the benefits of a diverse workforce, the effective integration of skilled immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence in Ottawa. Standing up for Inclusion The Summit Keynote Address … Read More

Keynote Address – Hadiya Roderique

Standing up for Inclusion. “My first interview for Swiss Chalet was harder than any of my interviews for law firms,” said Hadiya Roderique, lawyer, writer and keynote speaker at the 2018 Hire Immigrants Ottawa Employer Summit. “At Swiss Chalet, they asked me about my future career goals, they made me do math. In one of … Read More

Outcomes over Optics

Kate Morican, Partner at Deloitte, shared key findings from Deloitte’s Outcomes over optics report which encourages Canadian companies to be more courageous about diversity and deliberate about creating inclusive workplaces. “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance,” said speaker Kate Morican. “Diversity is the variety of people, counting differences … Read More

Leveraging the Power of Diversity

What are the challenges you face in making an inclusive workplace? Challenging the status quo and working in a regulated environment with set processes. Said Jacqueline Lawrence, Diversity & Equity Coordinator at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). “We’re in the business of knowing. In the educational sector, that sense of not knowing is really … Read More

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