Media Advisory & Invitation - LGBT in the Workplace: Uncovering the "Real" Story About Coming Out

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - Are coming out in the workplace and climbing the
corporate career ladder mutually exclusive?
    According to a report released earlier this month by Catalyst, this may
well be the case as findings indicate that workplace barriers continue to
persist for employees who identify as LGBT. Clearly, LGBT individuals continue
to face discrimination and limited advancement opportunities in the workplace
simply due to their sexual orientation. This remains the reality for many in
the LGBT community in Canada, despite the fact that in recent years creating
an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees has been on the corporate agenda and
a priority for companies such as KPMG.
    To hear the real stories, share experiences, speak out against
discrimination, and celebrate diversity, please join us at the last of our
four-part luncheon series, hosted by KPMG and the WXN, during Toronto Pride
    Join our Moderator, Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion, KPMG, as he welcomes our panel of accomplished women who will share
with you their personal hurdles, challenges, and career success stories.

    Panellists for this session include:

    -   The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education, Government of Ontario
    -   Selma D'Souza, Senior Advisor, Emergency Planning & Management,
        Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, Government of
    -   Louise Plourde, Operations Executive, IBM Canada

    Date:     Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Time:     Registration: 11:30 am - 11:55 am
              Luncheon: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Place:    The Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto

    Topic:    "LGBT in the Workplace: Uncovering The Unspoken Truths"

    About KPMG

    KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the
laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm affiliated with KPMG
International, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax,
and Advisory services. Member firms operate in 144 countries and have more
than 137,000 professionals working around the world.
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    About WXN

    The Women's Executive Network (WXN) is Canada's most influential female
audience and the country's leading organization dedicated to the advancement
and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Since 1997, WXN
has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the growing number of female
managers and executives across Canada. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in
Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of women leaders.
    Please visit

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For further information: or to RSVP, please contact: Shilpa Kotecha,
Media Relations, KPMG, (416) 777-8918,; Sara Falconer, Media
Relations, WXN, (416) 361-1475 x 233,

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