#SBSchat: Digging in to Diversity Engagement

Date(s) - 21/06/2017
7:00 pm


From tech companies to non-profits, learning how to include women, minorities, and people with disabilities in the workplace is not only a question of equality, but of capitalizing on diversity to strengthen our workforce.  How does diversity affect the success of an organization or business?

How does a diverse team affect management or clientele? These questions and more will be discussed on the next #SBSchat!

Cost: Free

Where: on Twitter under the hashtag #SBSchat

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Guest Speakers:

Theresa Nyabeze, a graduate from Laurentian University, is a Professional Mining Engineer who works underground as a frontline supervisor. She lives in the capital city of mining of the world, Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada. Theresa’s passions lie in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, as well as encouraging mentoring as a way of promoting her profession and encouraging people to enter and stay working in the mining industry. Outside of work, she can be found at local rinks cheering her kids’ hockey team, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, or courtside at the kids’ basketball games.

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Sharon Ferriss is the Director, Marketing, Web & New Media with CERIC – the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, where she provides leadership in the development of all communications strategies for CERIC’s network of projects and programs. She has more than 15 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional, primarily in non-profit organizations, as well as having worked as a journalist for print and television. Sharon has had senior roles with the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, an MBA in marketing and non-profit management, and is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC).

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Mark Yerbury, President of Dale Carnegie for Quebec and Eastern Ontario is also a certified instructor in the Dale Carnegie Effective Communications and Human Relations course as well as the Leadership Training for Managers program. Mark leads a team of 15 Performance Consultants and 3 Regional Managers and 20 certified trainers.  Mark has also developed a level of expertise in the area of Employee Engagement having delivered over 25 workshops on the topic over the past 3 years to business executives throughout the region.

Chelsea Mohler, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a researcher, educator, advocate, and passionate scholar who happens to be legally blind.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Sciences from Western University, Canada.  Her graduate thesis work focused on the process persons with vision loss implement to maintain gainful employment.  Chelsea’s research takes an occupational justice lens, that is, she uses constructs of social justice and social inequality to understand the equitable opportunity and resources that enable people’s engagement in meaningful occupations. Outside of her research interests, Chelsea places a strong emphasis on volunteering, leadership, engagement and mentorship for youth with disabilities.

In her role with NEADS, Chelsea is a research consultant on two projects.  One focuses on the transition into post-secondary for students with disabilities, and the other focuses on a student mentorship model aimed at educating employers on creating a culture of accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

Additionally, Chelsea has co-authored articles exploring the culture of inclusive education for students with visible and invisible disabilities, in the context of the graduate education environment.

Through her research and scholarship, Chelsea strives to educate students and professionals about inclusion and diversity; her aim is to empower educators and students to have a more inclusive mindset around education, using her own personal experience as a tool to increase awareness.

Florence Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Business SenseAbility.  Canadian Business SenseAbility is a national, not-for-profit organization run by business for business. SenseAbility is committed to helping Canadian businesses recognize and act on the strategic advantage of the large, untapped talent pool of people with disabilities, by educating, identifying opportunities, and providing practical tools for businesses to achieve sustained and measurable business success.

Leslie (Laszlo) Acs, possesses many years of diverse management and human resources experience creating stimulating work environments and engaging employees in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors for multiple industries. His specialties include mature workers employment counselling, leadership and team building, performance optimization, motivation and engagement, and recruitment and retention.

As Executive Director of La Passerelle, Leslie devotes his efforts to providing tools and support for mature workers’ re-entry into the workforce and creating public awareness of effective recruitment practices, including hiring mature workers. Leslie has been actively involved in his community, serving on several school governing boards as a member, treasurer and president.  As one of the founders of a committee created to preserve the natural forest in the heart of his community, he played an important role in stirring public interest and generating support to obtain a moratorium halting construction.

Linda Collard is a career coach, facilitator and yoga instructor who helps her clients cope with transitions in their lives.  She possesses a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Adult Education.