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.

To receive our Catalyst group rate at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, please make your reservation here.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.      
Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.      
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   
Checking the Blind Spots: Lessons on Addressing Hidden Biases in Today’s Workplace
Find out what Canada’s leading organizations are doing to identify and overcome systemic barriers and gender-based stereotyping within their organizations. Learn valuable strategies for combating unconscious bias, engaging men, and bridging cultural and generational barriers.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking & Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Driving Inclusiveness from the Middle
We often hear about diversity and inclusion from executive leaders at the “top of the house”. Yet today’s leading organizations are also tapping into the passion and vision of emerging, non-executive leaders – and discovering that these emerging leaders are crucial to creating sustainable change. Here’s your chance to hear how emerging leaders are bridging generational, cultural, and gender gaps to galvanize support for diversity and inclusion.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Service

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Champion Chat (Lunch continues)
Join Catalyst Canada’s Executive Director, Alex Johnston, for a lively conversation with our dynamic 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions. These extraordinary individuals have set the bar high for leadership in their organizations by challenging the status quo around diversity and inclusion and championing women’s advancement in their companies, industries, and communities. Get inspired as they share their unique stories of challenges, perseverance, and progress!

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     
Networking & Coffee Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Implications of the “Under Cover” Employee
In a world where visible minorities are pressed to “blend in” by changing their names, languages, or cultural practices, women are told to “play like men”, and LGBT individuals are encouraged to hide their sexual orientation, there are bound to be consequences. What happens when employees can’t bring their whole selves to work, and what effect does this feeling have on them and on their organizations? Join celebrated author, media personality, and NYU law professor, Kenji Yoshino, as he discusses his research on the topic of ‘covering’: what it means and how it impacts inclusiveness, morale, and productivity.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Networking & Coffee Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Talent Development and North America’s Future
Please join His Excellency the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada; David Jacobson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada; and David McKay, President of RBC, for a thought-provoking discussion of why identifying and  developing diverse talent is crucial to North America’s economic competitiveness.

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