EDI Speakers & Talks

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Master of Ceremonies
Andrea Bain
Television Host & Podcaster,
National Speakers Bureau

A two-time Canadian Screen Awards nominee, Andrea has hosted a number of lifestyle programs including Live Here Buy This (HGTV), Revamped (Slice) and Three Takes (Slice). Her television career began in the newsroom at CTV and Global News. She worked behind the scenes as a producer and, shortly after, landed her first…Learn more >

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Imogen R. Coe
Chemistry & Biology, Professor,
Ryerson University

Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018 and is a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies the proteins responsible for the import of anti-cancer drugs…Learn more >

Keynote Speaker
Nancy Chahwan
Chief Human Resources Officer
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Nancy Chahwan was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) in August 2018. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Government Operations Sector of TBS from May 2015 to March 2017, at which time she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the CanadaLearn more >

Feature Presenter
Dr. Tibor Turi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
President & Chair,
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Tibor Turi has been a professional engineer for more than 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Materials Engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering nanotechnology, as well as an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Tibor is OSPE’s President and Chair, and former...Learn more >

Moderator for Panel 2
Jarret Leaman
Business Partner, Philanthropy and Business Development, 
Troon Technologies

Jarret Leaman is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Magnetawan First Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management with a minor degree in Native Studies from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations through the School of Policy Studies atLearn more >

Moderator for Panel 3
Sonya Shorey
Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications,
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications for Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, is a communications executive and management consultant with more than 20 years of leadership experience with private and public organizations. With expertise in regional, national and globalLearn more >

Workshop Facilitator
Hamlin Grange
President & Co-Founder,

Hamlin Grange has been recognized for his work in helping to create inclusive environments that value the contributions of all individuals. As President and co‐founder of DiversiPro, a workplace diversity and inclusion consulting company based in Toronto, Hamlin has worked for nearly 20 years in a wide range of sectors including corporations, not‐for‐profit…Learn more >

Special Guest
Yasir Naqvi
Chief Executive Officer,
Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Yasir Naqvi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Canada’s leading voice on citizenship and inclusion. Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Naqvi served as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for almost 11 years, representing a downtown, urban and diverse community in Ottawa, Ontario. In that time, he served as the Attorney General ofLearn more >


Panel 1
Kevin Smith
Vice President, Human Resources, 
Pratt & Whitney Canada

Kevin P. Smith was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), in 2006. He plays a key role in driving P&WC’s growth strategy and sustaining its position as an employer of choice. More specifically, he fosters an inclusive, empowered and innovative work environment to increase organizational effectiveness. He isLearn more >


Panel 2
Vivi Chi
Director of Transportation Planning,
City of Ottawa

Ms. Chi graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She has devoted her entire career to public service by working in municipal government. Currently, as Director of Transportation Planning for the City of Ottawa, she leads a team of professional engineers and plannersLearn more >



Panel 3
Sara Gauen
Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, Human Resources
Algonquin College

Sarah Gauen is the lead for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Algonquin College, and chairs the College’s ‘We Saved You a Seat’ initiative for Women in Technology. Algonquin College has five campuses, and serves over 24,000 on-site students annually. With over a decade of experience, Sarah has managed projects, performed research, and provided….Learn more >


Panel 1
Chris Hunter
General Manager, 

Chris Hunter is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal infrastructure design and construction. In the last four years, Chris’ role has evolved to leading a team of over 800 people as the General Manager for GHD’s largest global region, Ontario. In this role, Chris is responsible for the firm’s transportation and water markets inLearn more >


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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