The Future of Workplace Diversity

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Skills for Change is pleased to present their 7th annual Diversity@Work conference taking place on Friday, February 19th, 2016, at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (55 Dundas Street, West). The conference will feature many exciting speakers starting with Hon. Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade who will deliver the opening remarks. Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Zanita DiSalle of RBC Bank of Canada will present the keynote addresses. Other speakers include, MPP Mitzie Hunter, Ontario's Associate Minister of Finance, MPP Han Dong Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, MPP Teresa Armstrong for London-Fanshawe.

The theme for this year's Diversity@Work Conference is The Future of Workplace Diversity which takes an in-depth look at current and future hiring trends, as well as practices and strategies on how businesses can be more inclusive. In anticipation of an increasingly diverse, global and virtual workplace, the workshops will examine a multitude of topics including: legal perspectives, inter-generational differences, unconscious biases, sexual identity, visible and non-visible disabilities and the impact of technology on workplace diversity.

"As an immigrant and refugee serving organization, Skills for Change diversity conference is very important in shining a light on why diversity matters in today's labor market. Especially now as we look at the changing face of Canadian work places, helping to provide employers with insights, tools and strategies as they move along their diversity journey."  – Surranna Sandy, Executive Director, Skills for Change.

This conference is organized by Skills for Change, a Toronto-based organization known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. Skills for Change provides targeted learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees.  Experience has shown that this knowledge greatly improves access to the wider community and accelerates job search success.

"It is imperative to spend dedicated time focused on our Diversity and Inclusion Value. We know intuitively that diversity matters, but it also makes sense in purely business terms. Good leaders recognize that success depends on different backgrounds and points-of-view colliding creatively and intellectually. Our workforces need to reflect the communities where we live and work and the clients that we serve." – Zanita DiSalle, RBC Royal Bank.

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Skills for Change is a United Way agency, funded by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto

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