Diversity is a fact. The question of diversity is part of the debate, the conversation, about our democracy and our national identity. Diversity is an unavoidable reality. Inclusion, however, is a choice. The gestures of inclusion, those we ask and those we do not ask, are choices that each of us makes.
Inclusion is the key to deploy our potential. The gestures of inclusion that one can ask are a variety almost infinite, actions, words, looks. These gestures demonstrate to our colleagues, our neighbors and our youth that inclusion is voluntary, intentional and planned. The webinar Building Inclusive Organizations will define concrete actions that could help Canadian companies become more inclusive.
Please note that this webinar will be conducted in the French language.
This webinar occured on March 11, 2020 at 11 am EST
Panelist: Gina Valle
Gina Valle speaks several languages and holds a PhD in Teacher Education & Multicultural Studies from OISE, University of Toronto. Dr. Valle is the recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to diversity in Canada, and the Ordine al Merito from the National Congress of Italian Canadians, in recognition of her dedication to the advancement of diversity in Canadian society.
A diversity champion, she is an educator, curriculum developer, facilitator, author of Our Grandmothers Ourselves and Teachers at Their Best -Enseignant sous leur meilleurjour, curator of the photo exhibit Legacies which focuses on immigrant women, and has been showcased at Canadian Embassies in Asia, Scandinavia and the Middle East. She is also producer and director of an award-wining interfaith documentary.
Gina is Chair of New Canadian Media and a member of OMNI TV's Advisory Council, and was invited to be a mentor for young girls at the Jean Augustine Girl's Leadership Academy, the first of its kind in the Ontario public school system. Gina is owner of a unique publishing house, At One Press,where she launched, in partnership with UNESCO, a multilingual book for children, The Best of All Worlds -Le meilleur monde imaginable. She is the founder of Diversity Matters, and lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.
Moderator: Jean-François Pagé
Jean-François is the Canadian Race Relations communications consultant. He has been consulting in the arts, marketing and disability & inclusion fields for over 10 years. Some of his consultation clients include the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Air Canada, Deloitte and RBC.
Prior to working with the CRRF, he acted as Marketing Manager for Cirque du Soleil and the Toronto International Film Festival. A native of Québécois, Jean-François has been living in Toronto for the past 7 years and in his spare time also volunteers for various francophone rights groups as well and donates some of his time to improve accessibility at Toronto performing arts venues and attractions.