Diversity Engagement Matters!

February 14, 2017 | Workforce Development

Creating opportunities for discussion and Cannexus17.

“Diversity encompasses many aspects, from the culture, physical and mental capacity, gender and age to sexual orientation, education, language, work experience and socio-economic background of a person. There are many layers to each of these aspects.”

— Definition used at Cannexus Connections discussion 

Diversity engagement was the focus of CEDEC’s participation at Cannexus17, held in Ottawa from January 23-25.

Hosted by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), Cannexus is like a TED conference for career development professionals. It’s all about ideas, practices, challenges and successes worth sharing from across Canada and around the world. It’s an occasion to make connections. .

In partnering with CERIC as a Supporting Organization once again, CEDEC focused on supporting and promoting diversity engagement. We hosted a Diversity Engagement Zone in the Exhibitor Hall and a helped to organized a stream of speaker sessions highlighting diversity in a number of different sectors.

The message was clear: ‘Diversity Engagement Matters!’

And there is clearly interest in the subject matter: over 234 visitors joined us at the Zone and over 200 conference-participants attended the sessions within the Diversity Engagement stream.

From left to right: Rose-Anne Gosselin, First Nations Human Resource Development Commission of Quebec; Racean DiBartolo, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum; Nancy Romanick, Global Excel Management; Jean-Marc Zéhil, Sodexo, and Leslie Acs, La Passerelle – Career Transition Center were participants in CEDEC’s Diversity Engagement Zone at Cannexus17.    

Representatives from Sodexo, Global Excel Management, First Nations Human Resource Development Commission of Quebec, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and La Passerelle – Career Transition Center were on hand at the Zone to discuss their initiatives, challenges and successes with conference-goers.

Thanks to VIA Rail Canada for sponsoring $500 in travel vouchers for visitors to the Zone and the Cannexus17 Exhibitor Passport.  

What we learned at Cannexus

CEDEC learned plenty from session presenters over the two-and-a-half days.

Lisa Moon from Calgary-based Dynamic Diversity shared resources on inclusion in the workplace, demystifying the reasons why disclosure of a disability is worth considering for the benefit of employee and employer.

Jelena Radan and Nancy Arthur from the University of Calgary shared research on how preparing internationally-trained professionals for the interview process can make all the difference.

Rebecca Dirnfeld and Fenella Amarasinghe from Ryerson University and Caroline Burgess, a STEM Education and Career Consultant, presented examples of effective mentoring of women in STEM within a university setting and insight into how a growth mindset is key to engaging girls and women in finding their way to exciting STEM career opportunities.

Trina Maher from Bridging Concepts took participants through an interactive session about building bridges with Indigenous talent and communities, a set of lessons that would work in building any relationship.

Karen Walsh from the Office to Advance Women Apprentices demonstrated how mentoring women in non-traditional trades, along with their colleagues and employers, is moving the needle in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Wilf Flagler from the Toronto District School Board engaged participants in a discussion of the challenges and successes of multi-generational relationships in today’s workplace. He played a video that resonated with everyone in the room.

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