There has been a lot of discussion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. What about belonging? In this panel discussion, we will discuss what it means to belong, how we can measure it, and the difference a Belonging Policy can make to your organization. Together, we will create a culture in which we feel that they belong.
Alana Walker Carpenter is a trailblazer. She has redefined what it means to lead, what success looks like, and the gift that love, compassion, and empathy can bring to the boardroom.
Serving in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer of Intriciti, Alana created and leads an organization for business leaders.
Her passion is to inspire business leaders to integrate their faith and business through the five business practices she and her team have developed.
Ms. Walker Carpenter has a reputation for excellence. She tackles the issues of the day through innovative events, individual and group coaching, roundtable discussions, leadership development, and philanthropic initiatives. Through these five business practices, Alana and her team connect with business leaders to bring them from compartmentalization to integration.
In 2023, Ms. Walker Carpenter founded the Canadian Centre for the Integration of Faith and Business (CCIFB).
Prior to assuming her current role, she practiced human resources for a downtown consulting firm.
Ms. Walker Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario (King’s College). After graduation, she completed her Post-Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Ms. Walker Carpenter received numerous academic and leadership awards prior to, during and upon graduation none of which is as meaningful as the Humanitarian Award presented to her upon graduation at The University of Western Ontario.
She has a number of charities of choice in which she chooses to quietly serve behind the scenes. It is through her connections that Alana has assisted countless charities with board governance and resource development.
In 2023, she was honoured as a Global Corporate Hero. In 2014, she was nominated and received the Top 100 Christian Leaders in Canada and three times nominated for the Top 35 Under 35 Award. On a lighter note, she was nominated by Chatelaine in 2006 as one of one hundred best-dressed women in Canada.
Outside of the boardroom, Alana can be found cheering her teenage son Carter on at the baseball diamond or hockey arena or sipping a glass of wine on the golf greens waiting for his return. Ms. Walker Carpenter resides in Toronto with her husband and best friend Kevin.
She and her husband are active members at their local church and through their denomination. Together, they serve on a number of local, national, and international boards.
Chris is a Partner within the People Advisory Practice of EY in Canada. As the leader of EY Law’s Global Immigration practice, Chris serves clients in over 130 countries. Chris has advised and served some of the largest Canadian, global and Fortune100 corporations in his 20+ year career in professional services.
Chris also serves as Director of the EY Entrepreneurial Access Network (Canada), which is an accelerator program helping Black and Indigenous business founders grow their businesses. Chris also serves as the Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program (EOY) for Ontario
Chris is passionate about inclusion and belonging and currently holds various leadership roles including, EY Americas Inclusion Advisory Council, member of EY Canada Inclusion Advisory Council, as well as a member of EY Canada’s ESG (Environment, Sustainability and Governance) Network.
Chris currently serves on the boards of Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services, a leading charity addressing the needs of at-risk unhoused people living with mental health in Toronto, and the Canadian Employee Relocation Council, an industry organization and where he also chairs the DE&I subcommittee.
Chris is a proud husband to Janine, his wife of 20 years and father to their two sons Judah (18) and Elijah (11).
Christine is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP, a law firm specializing in workplace investigation and related training. She is recognized annually as one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers.
Christine understands and is sensitive to the challenges that businesses face. Recognizing that sometimes the law does not fit with a client’s business reality, she has a gift for exploring creative solutions, helping her clients to look at issues objectively and explaining things in a way that people understand. With over 25 years of experience, Christine has become a trusted advisor to senior human resource professionals, providing counsel on pursuing employee relationships that support her clients’ business objectives. Christine is renowned for her knowledge, strategic and innovative thinking, and ability to provide solutions to challenging workplace issues.
In addition to her depth of expertise in employment law, Christine and Rubin Thomlinson are considered leading authorities in the areas of workplace harassment, workplace investigation and workplace reviews. Christine and her colleagues work across the country and have conducted various high-profile investigations/reviews in workplaces. She has a passion for helping organizations find solutions to their workplace challenges and is passionate about helping create healthy work environments.
Christine was awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award in 2016 for her contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and she is regularly found on Lexpert’s Best Lawyers as well as various Lexpert directories, including the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Following a 30-year career as an auditor, most recently as lead of the Ottawa KPMG Enterprise private company practice, Denis is now Corporate Canada’s first Chief Mental Health Officer. This is his newest role at KPMG.
He and his wife Yolande are recipients of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Inspiration Award. Denis’s latest award is the Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants designation, principally for his contribution to improving mental health in the professional milieu.
Denis is the Mental Health Lead on KPMG’s National Inclusivity and Diversity Council and is a sought-after speaker for his insights into reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.