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The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference is an opportunity to bring together Diversity & Inclusion practitioners, industry professionals and champions of women’s advancement from across industries and the country to learn and discuss the research and tools necessary to make change in Canadian business. The Conference will be followed by a celebratory Dinner.

The full-day Conference, sponsored by CIBC, included an informal conversation with five of the Catalyst Canada Honours 2013 Champions, who shared personal stories of advocating for diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and how they influenced others to make change.

The Conference sessions highlighted the important role that intentional leadership plays in supporting and advancing diversity and inclusion. With the Catalyst Canada Honours 2013 Champions as role models, participants gained the knowledge, skills, and inspiration make change in their own organizations.

Panelists included:
Monica Banting, Senior Manager, Audit and Assurance Group, PwC
Laurel Broten, Former Ontario Cabinet Minister
Ken Fredeen, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Deloitte Canada
Sandy Harris, Vice President, Corporate Diversity Strategy & Internal Operations, Sodexo Inc.
Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar Corporation    
Christina Kramer, Executive Vice President, CIBC
J. Robert S. Prichard, Chairman, Torys LLP
Kim Thomassin, Managing Partner, Québec Region, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Tracy Vincent, Finance Manager, LNG Canada Project, Shell Canada
Vanessa White, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Sodexo Canada

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Emily Troiano, Senior Director, Information Center, Catalyst
Sponsor: Christina Kramer, Executive Vice President, CIBC

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1

Intentional Leadership: A Catalyst for Change

A central tenet of the Catalyst Canada Honours (CCH) program is that intentional leadership plays an important role in advancing diversity and inclusion in businesses across Canada. Effective leaders mentor and sponsor women and other diverse individuals, challenge the status quo, lend their influence and support to strategic programs and initiatives to create sustainable change, and make their commitment to diversity visible to others as role models in their organizations, industries and communities. In this session, attendees will learn about relevant Catalyst research and hear from senior leaders about why they choose to be intentional in promoting diversity and inclusion at their organizations.

Speaker: Kim Thomassin, Managing Partner, Québec Region, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Monica Banting, Senior Manager, Audit and Assurance Group, PwC
Catalyst moderator: Krista Brookman, Senior Director, Inclusive Leadership Initiative

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking & Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session 2a

Concurrent Breakouts

11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Break (Breakout speakers switch rooms)

11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Session 2b

Concurrent Breakouts
In Sessions 2a and 2b, Conference participants will separate into two rooms for discussions of the following two topics. Speakers will switch rooms during the break.

Taking Action as an Individual

In this facilitated discussion with leaders who have both benefitted from intentional leadership and become intentional leaders themselves, participants will learn how leaders can drive change, how they can be encouraged to step up and make change, and the importance of committed leadership to the success of any organization. The session will focus on the actions that leaders can take as individuals, such as mentoring and sponsorship, becoming more visible in their support for diversity and inclusion, and engaging others in becoming advocates for change.

Speaker: Ken Fredeen, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Deloitte LLP; Tracey Vincent, Finance Manager – LNG Canada Project, Shell Canada
Catalyst Moderator: Sylvia Apostolidis, Senior Director and Consultant, Global Member Services
 

Incorporating Leaders Into Change Initiatives

This session will focus on the role that leaders play in supporting and advancing organizational diversity and inclusion. Representatives from Sodexo, whose initiative won the 2012 Catalyst Award, will describe how business leaders have been crucial to the success of programs and initiatives that they have spearheaded, and how senior leaders, especially men, can be encouraged to participate in advancing change.

Speakers: Sandy Harris, Vice President, Corporate Diversity Strategy & Internal Operations, Sodexo Inc.; Vanessa White, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Sodexo Canada Ltd.     
Catalyst Moderator: Julie S. Nugent, Senior Director and Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session 3

Champion Chat Featuring the 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions

The 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will participate in an informal “fireside chat,” sharing their personal stories of how and why they advocate for diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and how they influence others to make change in their organizations. Each champion will also provide advice on how to be an effective and inclusive leader, and how to encourage others to do the same.

For further information on our champions, find links to their bios here:

Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and Country Chair & EVP Heavy Oil, Shell Canada Limited

Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Susan Allen, Assurance Partner, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Review Group, PwC Canada

Colleen Johnston, Group Head Finance, Sourcing & Corporate Communications & Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group

Kate Broer, Partner and Canada Region Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion, Dentons Canada LLP

Catalyst Moderator: Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking & Coffee Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 4

Women on Boards/Catalyst Accord

This session will examine the current state of women on boards in Canada, and what is being done to place more women on corporate boards. How does board diversity encourage diversity at other levels of the organization? What role do boards (and board members) play in making diversity a strategic business imperative for the organization? What myths about the lack of women on boards have been busted? Panelists will share their thoughts, experiences, and challenges with board diversity, and why they, as leaders, have chosen to advocate for more women in Canada’s boardrooms.

Speakers: Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation; J. Robert S. Prichard, Chairman, Torys LLP;  Laurel Broten, Former Ontario Cabinet Minister now President and CEO of Broten Public Policy International Inc.

Catalyst Moderator: Brande Stellings, JD, Vice President, Corporate Board Services          

4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:10 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Networking Reception

"We've made progress in corporate Canada, but it's not enough...we need intentional leadership."—Christina Kramer, @cibc #cch2013

@jodilhbutts Leaning back, forward & all ways isn't the answer. Need a culture of opportunity w/ intentional leadership. #CCH2013 pic.twitter.com/plW2qBrBPZ

‏@SarahMargolius Inspiring talk about Intentional Leadership at #CCH2013 with PWC & McCarthy Tetrault #Toronto @CatalystInc pic.twitter.com/OidoFQotvH

It’s not about creating an unfair advantage; it’s about creating a level playing field. Ken Fredeen @DeloitteCanada #CCH2013

Share your best practices...Pay it forward for the greater benefit of your profession.—Kim Thomassin @McCarthy_ca #cch2013

@arlonghu Loved @Shell_Canada's Lorraine Mitchelmore closing remark at #CCH2013 "diversity and inclusion IS talent, innovation and competitiveness"

"I am a Catalyst because I believe all should be fair in love, war & business." http://ow.ly/i/3ukdP #iamacatalyst #CCH2013 #menwhogetit

Be okay with taking risks—and know they won’t always be popular.—Monica Banting @PWC_Canada_LLP #CCH2013

«Je suis un Catalyst parce que je fais confiance aux gens. Oui, parfois ça veut dire prendre un risque.» http://t.co/ TGk9OyzBGw #cch2013

"It’s action that gets you results, not good intentions."—Vanessa White (@Vonspurce) of @SodexoCanada #CCH2013

@PurdysChocolate From the sounds of things on Twitter #CCH2013 is going strong and presenting very positive commentary! Happy to be supporting!

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