DATE: Thursday, Jan 26th, 2023
TIME: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time
An Update on Progress That’s Been Made & Work That Still Needs to be Done Krystal Abotossaway (TD), Michael Bach (Author), Dr. Julie Cafley (Catalyst Canada) & Kike Ojo-Thompson (KOJO Institute), with Scott Belton (TD)
Over the past several years, society has taken great steps to address some of our historic inequities in business and beyond. Efforts to expand the diversity of boards of directors, executive teams, and senior leadership across industries have been imperative. How has this challenge been met? What are the obstacles to success, and how do we overcome them? How do we ensure diverse boards are, in fact, inclusive?
Join Canadian Club Toronto on January 26 for a virtual discussion on what practices are working now and where do we still need to lean in to take DEI forward? Our expert panel will be moderated by Scott Belton, Senior Vice President, Canadian Personal Banking Strategy & Acquisition at TD Canada Trust, and will feature:
- Krystal Abotossaway – Senior Manager, HR Leadership Development Program, TD
- Michael Bach – Author and IDEA Thought Leader
- Dr. Julie Cafley – Executive Director, Catalyst Canada
- Kike Ojo-Thompson – Founder & CEO, KOJO Institute
Krystal Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations. She is an urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe. Krystal is a well sought after expert, speaker and leader on Indigenous engagement. As Senior Manager at TD Bank, she is currently rotating through the various centre of excellences within the HR function. Providing strategic counsel, execution support, and collaborating across internal teams and external partners. Krystal has successfully completed her Masters degree at York University in Human Resource Management. She is also actively pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at Ivey, Western University.
Dr. Julie Cafley is a creative, strategic leader and an accomplished academic with expertise in equity and inclusion, public policy and higher-education leadership. She is the Executive Director of Catalyst Canada. Julie holds a PhD from the University of Ottawa with sought-after expertise in university presidential mandates. Her thesis focused on higher education leadership and governance through the lens of unfinished terms of Canadian university presidents. She is a frequent writer and speaker on gender equity, inclusive workplaces and leadership. Julie is a committed advocate for women and leadership, a constant ally for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and an indefatigable champion for diversity initiatives.
Kike Ojo-Thompson is renowned for her work and expertise as an anti-racism and anti-Black racism educator, speaker, and organizational change facilitator. As founder and principal consultant of equity consultancy, KOJO Institute, Ojo-Thompson has spent 20 years guiding private and public organizations towards more equitable outcomes. Notable corporate clients include retail giants like H&M and Loblaw Companies Limited, Interac, TD Canada Trust, and Toronto Star. Ojo-Thompson has also shared her expertise as an equity and anti-Black racism thought leader with audiences of platforms and organizations like Maclean’s, The Globe & Mail, Oxford University, and revolutionary organizations like Giants of Africa. Her meaningful contributions to equity in Canada and beyond have been recognized by Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (2019); 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women (2018); Robert Small’s 25th Anniversary Legacy Poster (2019), and Women’s Executive Network (2022, Inclusion Vanguard).
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