Event’s Agenda & Summary

Time Event Time Event
7:30 am Event Registration 12:25 pm Lunch + Starting the Conversation
8:30 am Introductions 1:45 pm Understanding the Value of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
8:40 am Setting the Landscape 2:00 pm Workshop: Creating and Implementing an Effective Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy
8:50 am Defining Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 3:05 pm The Future of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
9:05 am Workshop: Introduction to the Six Cylinder Framework 3:25 pm Networking Break
9:45 am Panel 1: Leading Change: Strategies for Success from Industry 3:55 pm Panel 3: Emerging Realities and the Future of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
10:50 am Networking Break 4:55 pm Closing Remarks
11:20 am Panel 2: Overcoming Barriers: Individuals Succeeding in STEAM 5:30 pm Reception

Summary of Sessions

Setting the Landscape

How is OSPE working to move the dial on EDI in engineering?

Defining Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)?

Hiring diverse talent is not enough. Workplaces must promote a culture of inclusion, where all employees feel valued and respected, and are comfortable expressing their ideas, opinions, and perspectives. How can employers address bias in the workplace, intersectionality, microaggressions,“isms”, etc.?

Workshop: Introduction to the Six Cylinder Framework

Every organization has different needs and opportunities for growth in EDI. Using the Six Cylinder™ Framework developed by Diversipro, a powerful method for analyzing needs, planning, managing and measuring the results of diversity and inclusion programs, delegates will have an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, and begin the process of creating or evaluating a plan.

Leading Change: Strategies for Success from Industry

Case studies help us understand best practices and identify gaps. This panel will focus on showcasing some of the key challenges and opportunities faced by organizations that are championing change. The discussion may include reference to concepts such as: ROI, entrepreneurship, quotas, retention and recruitment, and embedding diversity into strategy.

Networking Break

An opportunity to engage with partner booths and grab a refreshment!

Overcoming Barriers: Individuals Succeeding in STEAM

Panelists will share personal strategies for success, exploring themes such as mentors and role models, challenges faced by underrepresented groups, speaking up in the workplace, defining your identity at work, tokenism, and resources that help address barriers.

Starting the Conversation

Starting a productive discussion on how to address barriers to EDI can be uncomfortable. What are some of the tools that exist to enable this shift to occur?

Understanding the Value of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

More and more leaders are taking action towards making equity, diversity, and inclusion a reality within their organizations. Earlier, we discussed the definition of these terms, and why they are important. This presentation will focus on the impact of EDI on business performance, organizational culture, employee satisfaction, and innovation. The speaker will discuss why their company has made EDI a priority and will describe the impact this has had.

Emerging Realities and the Future of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social and economic shifts are taking place today that are impacting efforts to move the dial on EDI, such as demographic shifts, technological advancement, and creating shared values across generations in the workplace. How can organizations use these shifts to their advantage when incorporating EDI into their company culture?

Workshop: Creating and Implementing an Effective Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy

This will be a continuation of the morning workshop. It will focus on helping individual delegates assess their current EDI initiatives and chart the course forward.

The Future of EDI

Collectively making EDI a reality will enable the STEAM sector to ratify its commitment to broader Canadian values. EDI in STEAM is economically beneficial, but it is also about creating workplaces that enable everyone to participate and reach their full potential without barriers. It is imperative that as a sector we remain committed to these values, because ultimately, it is people that drive the success of our companies, schools, communities, and country as a whole.

Registration

Marianne So, Specialist Community Engagement & Events
416.223.9961 ext. 237

 

Event Inquiries

Andrea Carmona, 
Lead, Policy & Government Relations
416.223.9961 ext. 243

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This year, over 1,400 attendees – from the engineering community and beyond – will gather to learn, network, and brainstorm together.

Partnership Opportunities

For partnership opportunities, contact Jason Di Tommaso, Strategic Partners jditommaso@ospe.on.ca or 613.986.1437