Employment Equity Partnership

Partners’ Roundtable “Partnership for an Inclusive Future”

Employment Equity Partnership (EEP) Round Table brings together prominent stakeholders and partners to deep dive into the exploration of equitable employment practices and the importance of diversity at the workplace within key sectors.

The Employment Equity Partners’ Roundtable aligns opportunities for leaders and key stakeholders across public and private sectors to define strategic pathways for advancing equity policy, process and practice. The 2022 Partners’ Roundtable, on the theme, “Partnership for an Inclusive Future”, builds on discussions and engagements from the inaugural Partners’ Roundtable (2021) on “Data-driven Solutions to Employment Equity”. At the 2022 Partners’ Roundtable, stakeholders will engage in multi-day discussion on pathways to employment and related inequities that have been further perpetuated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as socio-political tensions that centre discussions on systemic racism and discrimination in the workplace.

Roundtable discussions will focus on best practices for organizations and organizational leaders to collaborate and co-develop opportunities for equity-deserving people to access meaningful employment. Sessions will be held over three days as part of a hybrid event with options for virtual and in-person participation. Discussions will capture a range of leadership perspectives, with clear calls to action on priorities for building lasting relationships and ensuring accountability towards Indigenous, Black and various equity-deserving groups.

Event will be strictly virtual for Day 1 & 2. 

Day 3 will be in person for select participants and broadcast live for online attendees.

Who Should Attend?

The Partners’ Roundtable is a strategic dialogue on pathways for employment equity and inclusion, for systemic and structural change in Canada. We invite participation from: Senior Leaders, Policymakers and Executives responsible for diversity and inclusion, including (not limited) to: CEOs, Government Leaders (local/provincial/federal), Human Resource & Talent Managers, Employee Resource Groups, Economic Development Agencies, Settlement Sector Leaders, Civic Leaders, Educators, Researchers, Non-profit/Community Leaders, Youth Leaders and Newcomers.

The outcomes of these strategic discussions will help organizations and institutions to better understand opportunities within the talent management cycle (talent attraction, retention and advancement), and opportunities for engaging diverse talents from equity-seeking and historically marginalized groups. It will focus on the need for shifts in policy, practice and process and help organizations to advance further. 

Day 1

April 27, 2022
9:00am – 12:15pm PST
12:00pm – 3:15pm EST

Keynote Address – Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

Session 1: “A New Normal”: Systemic Racism in the COVID-19 Era – Carol Lee (Vancouver Chinatown Foundation), Fiona Macfarlane (Ernst & Young), Dr. Ian Austin (George Brown College / PWC), Chief Nishan Duraiappah (Peel Police), Dr. Wendy Cukier (Ryerson University)

Roundtable discussions

Day 2

April 28, 2022
9:00am – 12:30pm PST
12:00pm – 3:30pm EST

Networking Session

Session 2: Pluralism in Practice – Meredith Preston-McGhie (GCP), Dahabo Ahmed-Omer (Black North Initiative), Rose LeMay (Indigenous Reconciliation Group), Zabeen Hirji (Deloitte Canada), Thomas (Tad) Homer-Dixon (Royal Roads University)

Roundtable discussions

Day 3

April 29, 2022
9:30am – 12:00pm PST
12:30pm – 3:00pm EST

Session 3: Pathways for Accountability:  Policy Initiatives that Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Chief RoseAnne Archibald (Assembly of First Nations), Henry Akanko (Hire Immigrants Ottawa), Canadian Commission for UNESCO on Anti-Black Racism in Canadian Schools

Closing Plenary:  Salma Lakhani AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Closing Luncheon


Tickets available here.