Offering best practices, key lessons and practical ideas on how a D&I strategy can improve your organizations performance and bottom line

The Canadian Institute, in collaboration with the Diversity Institute, is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion in Corporate Leadership Conference. This one-of-a-kind program brings together some of Canada’s leading companies and organizations to discuss challenges and successes for improving participation from underrepresented communities in top leadership roles and corporate boardrooms, as well as preparing future prospects to ensure a robust talent pipeline.


New to the program this year are important discussions and updates on D&I efforts to improve representation from First Nations Communities, alternative methods for measuring diversity payback, D&I case study successes from some of Canada’s top companies, how the public sector is leading the diversity charge and much, much, more.

Organizations participating in this year’s conference include:

  • ADP
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Ontario
  • Manulife
  • NAV Canada
  • Nissan Canada
  • Sodexo
  • TD Bank Group
  • Vancity
  • ….plus many more!

Harness your future leadership and hidden talent through critical sessions, interactive panels and activities, and informative workshops. Join us for this important event to maximize the talent in your future workforce and showcase your organization’ efforts to be inclusive workplace.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Elizabeth Dempsey
Conference Producer, Team Lead

Message from the Conference Chair

Dr. Wendy Cukier
Diversity Institute
Ryerson University


“The purpose of this conference is to bring together some of Canada’s most recognized leaders and progressive organizations who have successfully embraced diversity and inclusion throughout their leadership ranks and to share their ideas and successes for recruiting and developing under-represented groups within organizations.

We hope this conference contributes to the discussion and tackles the challenges we face to achieve equity in the workplace.” – Read her full message here.

Testimonials from Last Year’s Delegates

“All the speakers were excellent. So knowledgeable and passionate, and encouraged conversation and the sharing of ideas.” – Counsel, Computershare

“The conference provided not just ideas, but how to implement them.” – Business Advisor, Ontario Clean Water Agency

“Great conversation!” – Supervisor of Inclusion Accessibility & Diversity Services, City of Cambridge

“Great experts in the field!” – Manager Community Resources, Spiritual Care & Diversity, Southlake Regional Health Centre

“I liked the practical application to move D&I to ROI.” – Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Durham College

Who You Will Meet

This event gathers mid-to-senior level professionals from the public and private sector who work on, or have an interest in, improving D&I in their organization, including the following sectors:

  • Finance and financial services
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Legal
  • Technology
  • Unions
  • Municipalities
  • Government
  • Crown corporations and agencies
  • Transportation
  • Emergency services
  • Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Consultants and trainers

Venue Information at a Glance

Ted Rogers School of Management

55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON