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Catalyst Canada Honours Conference


Wednesday, 8 October 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Catalyst Canada Honours Conference

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Non-Member Company Ended $500.00 $13.00 $66.69

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8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.      

Check-In & Continental Breakfast

Change Agents Forum

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.


Rod Bolger, SVP Finance & Controller, RBC

Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory, EY Canada & 2012 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Networking & Change Agents Forum

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.


Chantal Dugas, General Manager, Linguistic Affairs and Diversity, Air Canada

Melanie Kirkpatrick, Director, IT Planning & Residential Services, Bell Canada

Jaime Leverton, VP North America Carriers, Blackberry

Anita Remartinez, HR Manager Workplace Guidelines and Diversity, Imperial Oil


Guest Moderator:

Susan Allen, International Team Leader, Global Assurance Quality Review Group, PwC & 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours Business Leader Champion


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!

2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions:


Company/Firm Leaders:

Dean Johnson, Past President & CEO, Sodexo Canada

Ellen Moore, President & CEO, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

Business Leader:

Sharon MacLeod, VP Personal Care, North America, Unilever

Human Resources/Diversity Leader:

Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC 


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     

Networking & Change Agents Forum

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 & Change Agents Forum

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 and CEO of RBC, for a thought-provoking discussion, moderated by Catalyst’s President & CEO, Deborah Gillis, of why identifying and developing diverse talent is crucial to North America’s economic competitiveness.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Networking & Change Agents Forum


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When & Where

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front St W
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organizations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.  

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