10 episodes

Each month, Anne-Marie Pham, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion interviews a leader who is a making a difference in Canada in the field of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Over the course of a year, you will hear from an eclectic group of people who inspire change.

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Each month, Anne-Marie Pham, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion interviews a leader who is a making a difference in Canada in the field of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Over the course of a year, you will hear from an eclectic group of people who inspire change.

    Episode 10 | Guest: Erin Goodpipe

    Episode 10 | Guest: Erin Goodpipe

    Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in the world right now, but knowing how to make a difference can be tricky. Joining us in conversation today is Erin Goodpipe, a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and researcher from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. She shares her story of being the first in her family to graduate from high school, learning that education far extends beyond what we learn in the four walls of a classroom along the way. You’ll hear why she prioritizes putting herself in indigenous spaces, and how she goes about honoring the relationship we have with everything around us in her daily life. Erin tells us all about the theatre work she has done with the Making Treaty 4 Collective, which they were invited to perform at the Globe Theatre. We explore the way that stories inform culture as we live them out, the unconventional introduction to theatre that led her to work in it today, as well as what she gained from the theatre-making experience. We talk about the pivotal period of youth, how to engage with youth work in a meaningful way, and Erin fills us in on her latest projects to look out for. Join us to hear more today!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    •    Today’s guest: Erin Goodpipe, multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and researcher.
    •    Her educational background, studying Indigenous Education to Masters level, and film.
    •    Erin’s work as a television host on the Other Side on the ATP Network.
    •    Erin introduces us and welcomes us to the episode in her language.
    •    The belief her community has had in her which she wants to carry forward for others.
    •    Her experience being the first one to finish high school in her family. 
    •    What she has learned about education: that it goes beyond the four walls of a classroom.
    •    Why she chooses to prioritize putting herself in indigenous spaces. 
    •    How she goes about honoring the relationship we have with everything in daily life.
    •    Why youth is a significant period of life: a time to find out how you are connected to others.
    •    The work she is doing with the Making Treaty 4 Collective which she was invited to perform at the Globe Theatre.
    •    Why stories are powerful and how they create culture as we live them out.
    •    Her unconventional introduction to theatre during her studies through her former boss.
    •    The experience of creating theatre that went far beyond the performance element.
    •    Erin’s ideas to make the art scene in Canada more inclusive: resources, space, and funding. 
    •    Building trust and committing to relationships and ‘ongoingness’ as you engage with people.
    •    Holistic learning: engaging with the mental, emotional, and physical through experience.
    •    The projects she is currently working on: Treaty Road on ATP, and Sir John A at the Globe.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Erin Goodpipe on LinkedIn 
    Making Treaty 4 on Facebook
    The Other Side
     

    • 29 min
    Episode 9 | Guest: Naheed Nenshi

    Episode 9 | Guest: Naheed Nenshi

    As we celebrate Canada Day, we look at how we can take pride in our country but also be more proactive in making it a more equitable and inclusive society. Joining us for this conversation is the former mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. Naheed is a passionate Calvarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader with a solid track record of getting things done. While he served as mayor from 2010 to 2021 he successfully led Calgary through a massive flood, spearheaded some major infrastructure projects to revitalize the city, and he even won the 2014 World Mayor Prize. In this episode, he shares the story of how his family came to live in Canada, why they chose this country, the flaws in the Canadian immigration system, and how we need to change this. Tuning in you’ll hear Naheed’s thoughts on how to address inequity and racism in the workplace. Naheed provides some profound insight on the creation of empathy, the value of setting aside our egos, the importance of letting go of our own defensiveness and assumptions, as well as other steps we can take toward equity in our country. Naheed is famous for his Three Things for Calgary initiative. To find out how you can make Canada more equitable and inclusive by doing just three things, tune in today!

    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to today’s guest Naheed Nenshi and his impressive career.The story of how Naheed’s family came to Canada and why they chose this country.The importance of welcoming immigrants to Canada in order to create harmony and inclusion.How the Canadian immigration system unfairly functions as a bait and switch system and the need for this to change.How we need to be proud of what we’ve built but also understand that we are not an anti-racist society.Speculation as to whether or not we are ready as a society to become completely equitable.Naheed’s thoughts on how to address inequity and racism in the workplace. Why we have to let go of our own defensiveness and our own assumptions.The importance of investigating institutional or systemic barriers to employment or promotion in your workplace.How to support minority-owned businesses through adjusting procurement and supply chain policies.A real-life example that demonstrates how we need to challenge our most basic assumptions. How putting the blame on systemic racism lets racist individuals off the hook.Questions on how to create a sense of empathy. Setting aside your ego and accepting that nobody is getting everything that they want as a step toward equity. Thoughts on meritocracy versus diversity in the hiring process and how these are not mutually exclusive.Insight into Naheed’s Three Things for Calgary initiative and how you can do three things to make Canada more equitable and inclusive.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Naheed Nenshi
    Naheed Nenshi on Twitter
    Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development
    Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

    • 34 min
    Épisode 8 | Invité.e : Moe Hamandi

    Épisode 8 | Invité.e : Moe Hamandi

    Spécialiste réputé.e en équité, diversité et inclusion, Moe Hamandi est une personne libano-canadien.ne parfaitement imparfaite. Entre ses implications communautaires, artistiques et corporatives, l’artiste scientifique a réussi a accompagné plusieurs leaders dans leur chemin vers l’inclusion. Dans cet épisode, Moe rejoint Anne-Marie pour parler de sa vie au Liban, de son expérience d'immigrant.e à Montréal (sa deuxième mère) et de son cheminement vers la découverte de soi en ce qui concerne son identité de genre et son orientation sexuelle. Joignez-vous à nous pour cette discussion animée alors qu'iel plonge dans la véritable signification de son nom, les défis auxquels les communautés LGBTQ2S+ sont encore confrontées et sa vision pour Fierté Montréal.
    Liens mentionnés dans l'épisode d'aujourd'hui :
    Moe Hamandi sur LinkedInFierté MontréalBanque Nationale du CanadaCentre canadien pour la diversité et l’inclusionBalado Conversation entre leaders

    • 30 min
    Episode 7 | Guests: Bhavna Duggal, Elizabeth Lim, Andi Shi

    Episode 7 | Guests: Bhavna Duggal, Elizabeth Lim, Andi Shi

    Today’s episode is a special fireside chat with three very interesting Asian Leaders from across Canada, who will be sharing with us their insights and unique perspectives on what we do in our communities and workplaces to address anti-Asian racism. Anti-Asian racism, over the past two years, continues to trend upwards in Canada according to research. To talk more about it and better understand the issues at hand, we welcome our guests: First, Bhavna Duggal, a global financial service leader with over 16 years of finance management and advisory experience across Canada, Europe, and Asia. Next, Elizabeth Lim, an experienced and committed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) strategist and practitioner as well as a culturally curious leader who quickly understands organization and client needs. Lastly, we welcome Andi Shi, who is the Executive Director at CPAC, a multidimensional, not-for-profit organization that is a professionals association, a career service provider for internationally educated professionals and underprivileged youth, and also an independent research, training, and education organization for the advancement of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please join us in our fireside chat with our panel guests as we dive into the much needed conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion, the anti-Asian racism trends in Canada, hindering Asian stereotypes in leadership roles, and more.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    We hear some research findings regarding the anti-Asian racism trends in Canada.An introduction to the panel guests. Elizabeth’s journey of being a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with an Asian heritage.Andi elaborates on their study about how different Asian stereotypes hinder Asian-Canadian people in leadership positions.How Chinese/Asian culture affects perspective when it comes to leadership qualities.Bhavna shares how Ascend Canada is working towards breaking down barriers for pan-Asian talent to reach their full potential.Why making things awkward helps kickstart things into action.Elizabeth comments on the responsibility of workplaces to sustain conversations around anti-Asian racism and support Asian colleagues and clients.Programs to implement: DE&I strategies that address barriers and intersectionality.  Andi talks about the current pulse of current concerns and opportunities at the community level; lack of awareness and lack of capacity.The importance for Canadian citizens to learn about Asian history in the growth, expansion, and being of the country.Bhavna shares tips on mindset, attitudes, and skills that have helped her be a more effective advocate for diversity and be an ally to address racism. We end off the episode with a live Q&A. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Andi Shi
    Andi Shi on LinkedIn
    CPAC-Canada
    Bhavna Duggal on LinkedIn
    Ascend Canada
    Ascend Canada Resources
    Emotional Tax Study
    Emotional Tax Ascent Article
    Elizabeth Lim on LinkedIn
    We Were Dreamers

    • 50 min
    Episode 6 | Guests: Mark Harrison, Tyjondah Kerr

    Episode 6 | Guests: Mark Harrison, Tyjondah Kerr

    Important conversations about diversity and inclusion need to be coupled with effective action, and real change. Figuring out the best steps for this is not always easy, and today we shed some light on the intricacies of the topic, and hopefully offer some practical solutions to these challenging questions. Joining for a CCDI Fireside chat are Tyjondah Kerr and Mark Harrison, who are both doing amazing work on a number of different fronts for positive change within Canadian workspaces. Tyjondah has had a long career working in the gaming space, working at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, or OLG, for over 20 years. She holds a degree in psychology from the University of Windsor, and is a multiple award winner, recently being honoured by 100ABCWomen and receiving the Vaike Murusalu Empowerment Award! Mark Harrison is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded T1 Agency, MH3 Collective, the Black Talent Initiative, co-founded Park Street Education, as well as being elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Toronto. In our chat with these two amazing guests, we hear some personal reflections and lessons they learned in their work, some larger ideas on progress, and thoughts on the areas that are most pressing at present. Both Tyjondah and Mark are generous and honest in their answers, talking about the challenges that we face, and the hope that we can have. For all this and more, join us today.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Tyjondah Kerr on LinkedInMark HarrisonMark Harrison on LinkedInT1 AgencyMH3 CollectiveBlack Talent InitiativePark Street EducationBig Brothers and Big Sisters of TorontoCMHA FoundationUniversity of WindsorCasino of WindsorOLG100ABCWomenNoughts & CrossesAnne-Marie PhamCanadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

    • 47 min
    Episode 5 | Guest: Ellen Melis

    Episode 5 | Guest: Ellen Melis

    Truly diverse and inclusive organizations are places where employees from many different backgrounds come together and feel that they belong. This in turn creates an environment where complex problems can be solved by teams that bring a rich set of perspectives to the table. Today’s special guest is Ellen Melis, President and Head Coach of Unlimited Potential, and she joins us to talk about how organizations can place a higher value on EDI as well as what is possible for them through doing so. We kick things off by hearing about Ellen’s experience as a leadership coach and student of EDI, and from there she talks about the work being done to make healthcare policy more informed by diverse experiences. We talk about how to make a case for EDI to organization leaders, how to take steps toward it once it has become a priority, and how much more effectively communities can be served once it is achieved. If you want to begin working toward EDI on a personal, team, or organizational level, today's show is a must-hear.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ellen Melis on LinkedInUnlimited PotentialCanadian Centre for Diversity and InclusionLeader Talks Podcast

    • 28 min