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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Forum
is Going Virtual!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating nature of this crisis, OSPE has made the decision to pivot the EDI 2020 conference to an online virtual format. While we were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to celebrate Southern Ontario, and the Windsor-Essex corridor by hosting our forum in Windsor. We believe that the seriousness of the situation means that we must take these proactive measures.
While in 2020 there will no longer be an in-person segment to the EDI conference, we are working diligently to provide a robust online program that will take advantage of the unique virtual space. We will still be providing talks, workshops, and panels comparable to our original plan. Like our membership base of engineers, we believe in embracing challenges as they appear, and we are confident that we will be able to provide valuable online programming to engineers and their partners across Canada.
About EDI Forum
Held in November 2019, OSPE’s EDI Imperative: Changing the Profile of STEAM in Canada built on the success of our 2018 It’s Time We Act and 2019’s It’s Time We Build Forums, by using a broader diversity and inclusion lens. In 2020, OSPE will continue to guide the movement toward diverse and inclusive workplaces in the Science, Technology, ENGINEERING, Arts and Math (STEAM) sector with The #EDIAdvantage.
The event will focus on the profound social, economic, and technological shift the Ontario economy is experiencing and the demands and expectations this creates from the labour force. Ontario is uniquely positioned, geographically, demographically, and economically, to capitalize on this shift. However, we know that economic growth depends on talent and human capital.
Today, members of equity seeking groups continue to face significant barriers to enter and progress within the STEAM sector. The cost of failure to fully realize the potential of immigrants, women, and other equity seeking groups, is significant. It reflects untapped economic opportunities that quickly tally up to billions in lost wages, productivity, and output.
Innovation and competitiveness are the results of organizations that promote diversity and foster inclusion. Strategic sectors of the economy, such as advanced manufacturing, agri-business and nutraceuticals, logistics and warehousing, and creative industries, depend on our ability to work together to foster new ideas, recruit new talent, and leverage new skills.
The Diversity and Inclusion advantage is simple. Diversity and Inclusion leads to more talent, more innovation, more competitiveness, and more growth.
Who can attend?
This event will be open to all government entities, industry and academia, and it will attract engineering, STEAM, Human Resources and Diversity professionals.
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This year, we are anticipating 5,000 virtual attendees – from the engineering community and beyond – will gather to learn, network, and brainstorm together.
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