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About the Conference

Over the past year, we have seen a significant increase in employee and customer concern over issues of immigration, race, gender expression, and faith. Organizations that do not address these issues risk losing great talent, cultivating toxic work environments, compromising performance, and potentially damaging the brand’s value. In order to succeed, organizations must build bridges constructively and respectfully, creating cultures where everyone feels they can contribute and belong.

For the first time ever, the City of Edmonton, AB is hosting the World Diversity in Leadership Conference with the theme “Leveraging Diversity to Advance Innovation & Entrepreneurship”. Edmonton is a fitting location to examine the latest trends and insights for building bridges within organizations. Come and learn from interactive sessions, in-depth cases, and inspiring presentations by acknowledged thought leaders & researchers.

Benefits of Attending:

By attending this conference, you will:

  • Find out how your D&I strategy can align to support both business and culture.
  • Learn how to create a culture of respect that mitigates against bullying and harassment.
  • Discover ways to recognize unconscious bias within yourself, others, and the organization.
  • Identify areas where leadership needs to change in order to become more inclusive.
  • Explore ideas for expanding D&I efforts to include mental health and faith support.
  • Hear stories and best practices for engaging allies for greater impact.
  • Examine new ways to apply analytics to increase D&I effectiveness.
  • Benchmark, collaborate, and network with your peers.

Advancing Diversity to Connect People

  • CDOs and C-Level executives
  • Presidents, Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Talent Management
    • Human Resources
    • Employee Relations
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Organization Culture
    • Leadership Development
    • Employee Engagement
    • Global Business, Ethics and Integrity
    • Learning
    • Succession Planning
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Students
    • Talent Acquisition
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A wide range of intensive training offerings will be available during that conference week across foundational, specialty and leadership topics. You could chose to the complete the week long DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program that offers D&I strategies for organizational excellence and a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace. Or you could select from a wide range of day-long topics in the foundational area such as building a D&I strategy or establishing a Diversity Score Card. The Specialty topics will include ERG Academy Certification and Unconscious Bias. In addition, the Leadership area will offer both Inclusive Leadership and a special session designed for Emerging Leaders.

DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy

You can also complete the DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy.


Unconcious Bias Training

You can also complete the Unconscious Bias Training – “Recognizing & Disrupting Unconscious Bias”.


DiversityFIRST™ Training Offerings

You can also complete the DiversityFIRST™ Training Offerings.


If you would like to get involved in this conference, please contact us.


Edmonton Convention Centre
9797 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9
(780) 860-0759

Please Note: Prices do not include hotel reservations.


All proceeds support The Conference Board’s not-for-profit mission.