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Diversity + Inclusion Symposium (Burnaby)

Date: November 15, 2019
Location: Executive Hotel

Diversity and Inclusion is a topic that continues to evolve in this ever changing workforce. As HR professionals, we interact with challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion in almost every facet of our careers. As your professional association, we’ve curated a day of discovery, exploration and reflection on the many intricacies that inform how we approach our diversity and inclusion policies, how we identify as diverse and inclusive, and what thought leaders are curious about as they navigate their own diversity and inclusion journeys.

Join CPHR BC & Yukon on November 15th and participate in a conversation that you don’t want to miss!
Time: Registration 8:00-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:00pm

CPD Hours: 6.0

Venue: Executive Suites Hotel, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6 (Pay parking available at $11 per day)
8:00-8:30 am
8:30 - 8:45 am
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
Diversity and Inclusion: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Dynamics
Millicent Mabi and Kwaku Yeboah
Employment Initiatives, Inclusion BC

Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
HR Competency
Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR

Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Retaining Employees through a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Sheri Kashman and Cori Maedel, CPHR
Jouta Performance Group

Session 4
2:45 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Closing Keynote Panel
• Heidi Eaves, CPHR, Relic Entertainment
• Sangeeta Subramanian, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
• Kwaku Yeboah, Inclusion BC
• Sheh Shojaee, CPHR
CPHR BC & Yukon
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Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(October 18)

(November 8)







Student &
Retired Member



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A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca).
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Program Details

Topic: Diversity and Inclusion: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Dynamics
Presenter: Millicent Mabi and Kwaku Yeboah
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am

Diversity already exists in the workplace. However, how inclusive is your organization? How prepared are you to deal with the labour market shortage? How can you attract untapped labour and talent pool? Did you know 1 in 3 Canadian has an invisible disability in the workplace? Join us in an exciting conversation about diversity, inclusion and accessibility, from an evidence-based perspective.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Understand Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace
  • Learn about the business case for inclusive hiring
  • Identify the pillars of workplace diversity and Inclusion
  • Learn about the future of diversity and inclusion
  • Access local resources that can enhance training, development and Policies of Diversity and Inclusion

About the presenters:
Millicent Mabi Millicent Mabi is a doctoral researcher with a focus on the inclusion of diverse populations into the workplace. Millicent understands that the productivity of an organization is predicated on its ability to integrate the various diversities inevitably present in the workplace. She therefore provides a business case to employers, governments and organizations on inclusive talent management. In addition, Millicent supports organizations to achieve their inclusion and diversity goals through evidence-based interventions, policy development and review, staff and stakeholder training, process evaluation and improvement. Millicent brings well over a decade of professional experience in strategic planning, human resource management, project management, research and knowledge development. Millicent has a wide range of industry experience, including financial services, management consulting, non-profit, education and service industries.
Kwaku Yeboah Kwaku Yeboah is a Director of Employment Initiative at InclusionBC and the Provincial Labour Market Facilitator for the Ready Willing & Able Initiative. Kwaku also sits on the provincial Board of the Community Action Employment Plan and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration for Autism (CIRCA). Kwaku’s mandate includes utilizing employment as a pathway to inclusion for persons with disabilities, advising on the development of a provincial toolkit for inclusion and diversity in the Healthcare sector and all Employers in British Columbia. As chair of evaluation “ for Champions of Inclusive Health Coalition, Special Olympics” Kwaku utilizes an evidence-based approach to break barriers in Inclusion and Diversity for Persons with Disabilities while providing access to resources to potential candidates and employers. As part of his Ready Willing and Able mandate, Kwaku put more people with disabilities to work in Canada than any individual, organization and the rest of the provinces put together. The Ready Willing and Able initiative is a Federal Government Funded Initiative with the most comprehensive data for persons with disabilities and employment. It has received national and global awards

Topic: Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
Presenter: Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR
Session Time: 10:30 - 12:00 pm

You have an opportunity to create an inclusive culture where people value and embrace each other's unique individuality.

This workshop will focus on creating a workplace that values individuality, the argument for building communities instead of just teams, and how you can reduce bias by inspiring curiosity.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Understanding the relationship between culture and community
  • How embracing individuality can create higher engagement, alignment to goals, and support inclusion
  • The value of creating avenues for your people to share ideas on removing barriers
  • How establishing adaptable and curious leadership can overcome bias

About the presenter:
Taylor Chobotiuk Taylor’s passion for creating engaged and inspired workplaces has pushed him to challenge the relationship between business and its people. This led him to his current role as the Manager of People and Engagement at Tacofino, a growing BC based restaurant brand that values inspired spaces, creative high-quality food, and teams made up of unique individuals.

Topic:Retaining Employees through a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Presenter: Sheri Kashman and Cori Maedel, CPHR
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

While it’s important for organizations to incorporate diversity into their hiring practices, to truly achieve a diverse workplace, the focus must be on retention.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What to think about when it comes to Organizational Culture + Diversity
  • Understanding your intention for Diversity, and why Diversity alone is not enough
  • Defining Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
  • Hiring practices - Are yours in alignment?
  • Retention! Areas to consider, and put in place to ensure it
About the presenters:
Sheri Kashman Offering nearly eighteen years of human resources expertise in a variety of industries, Sheri is an HR consultant who brings diverse and comprehensive HR knowledge to Jouta, and the organizations she works with. Well versed in all areas of human resources, from the day-to-day handling of HR operations to strategic HR partnership, Sheri combines her HR knowledge with her strengths in relationship building and project management to develop and implement business and culture aligned HR infrastructure.
Cori MaedelCori Maedel is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in human resources, and owner & CEO of The Jouta Performance Group, an industry leader in outsourced HR Consulting and Coaching. Cori is also a Certified Executive Coach who is passionate about helping people reach individual and corporate goals.