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Most Important Figures in D&I

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Jackie is a sought-after advisor. Prior to Teck, she was a senior manager with Deloitte’s human  capital and consulting practice and has held board positions with community not-for-profit  organizations, such as Pride at Work Canada. In 2021 Jackie was recognized with the CGLCC  Business Leader of the Year Award for her significant contributions to the LGBT+ community in  Canada. 

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Roth is a specialist in both trivia and good health—like how to get rid of hiccups. Or the trivia that she once worked as a volunteer firefighter. Or trivia in the form of statistics, like those times she worked with Alberta Health Services to reduce staff turnover by 91%, drive down union complaints by a third, and reduced medical mistakes by 12%. Maybe it’s not biting on a lemon, but those statistics represent a different kind of cure.

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Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD. is a freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator. Shahina has been working for decades in build bridges between faith and cultural communities, to help preserve human rights, develop cultural competency and mutual understanding. Shahina is originally from Pakistan and has lived in Winnipeg since 1976. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English hon. and Philosophy from St Joseph’s Col

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Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC and an award- winning and best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is a Professor at NYU Wagner and hosts a live weekly podcast called Secure The Seat. In 2020, Minda was named the #1 Top Voice for Equity in the workplace by Linkedin. She is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The NY Times,

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Ezequiel Massa started his journey with SAP’s Finance team in 2011. His passion for equal opportunity led him to join the company’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in 2015 as the volunteer lead for the first [email protected] chapter in Hispanic America. In April 2020, he turned his passion into his job and has been working as Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Latin America & Caribbean since then.

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Christopher Salem is a CEO, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, and Professional Speaker who works with companies to create an interdependent work environment and thriving culture through a growth mindset foundation, effective communication, transparent leadership, and higher engagement. He also mentors C-Suite, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals to build and protect their brands by raising their level of influence as truste

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Georges Laraque played 13 seasons for different National Hockey League (NHL) teams. He was known as “The Rock”, acting primarily as an enforcer on these teams. His best-selling biography, The Story of The NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy, goes well beyond the stereotype of the tough guy. It is the story of a true humanitarian, an engaged citizen not only in his immediate community, but on the global stage as well. The son of Haitian immigrants, Ge

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Dr. Barbara Mark has a deeply held passion for working with women in midlife and has built a decades-long career as an elite leadership, career, and life strategies coach and advisor to senior executive women. She is a recognized expert on the psychology of women and is the leading authority on the midlife stages of adult development and how these stages impact a woman's career development and life choices. As a result, Barbara is a sought-after

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Dr. Mbolekwa is the Anti-Racism Organization Lead for the City of Calgary. Previously he was the Lead for Employee Experience, which included responsibility for furthering the Diversity & Inclusion Framework. Dr. Mbolekwa has worked with the LGBTQ+ and Indigenous portfolios in health care on improving access to healthcare, education and addressing systemic racism and discrimination with both groups. In addition, Dr. Mbolekwa has experience work

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Candy is a strategic thinker, educator and a dynamic facilitator with over 20 years’ experience in EDI, workplace learning and human rights. She has expertise in leading corporate-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, making system-wide improvements to workplace policies and practices, and working with senior leadership to break systemic barriers to inclusion. Her recommendations for change have resulted in large-scale transformati

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An  award  winning  international  speaker,  author,  corporate  trainer  and  diversity,  equality and inclusion executive, nationally recognized thought leader, expert, strategist  and advisor to some of the world’s most influential organizations in global professional  services,  health  care,  financial  services,  consumer  products  and  pharmaceutical  industries.  A  seasoned  leader  in  transforming  organiz

Dr. Zinaty is a strong advocate for leadership and inclusion within organizations. She founded and spearheaded an annual Leader-2-Leader conference to foster discussion on topics impacting the workforce. Dr. Zinaty’s research is unique having conducted noteworthy studies with that are quantitative and qualitative with significant datasets and novel findings in the area of women and leadership, diversity and inclusion. She has been recognized by

A strong implementer and facilitator of change, Pauline enjoys partnering with program leaders and project teams to capitalize on the full benefits of the organizational system design and resilience of employees in a project. Pauline knows change.  For leadership Pauline is a strong advocate for changing the behaviours, symbols and systems that create Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces and Teams.   She brings high energy, professionalism, pas

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Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale has over 30+ years as a thought partner, advisor, and coach to global executives and leaders in over fifty countries. Rosalyn served as Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Campbell Soup Company, Executive Vice President Diversity Initiatives MTV Network, and Barnes O’Neale & Associates CEO. An Internationally recognized speaker, she has been quoted in Black Enterpri

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Nikki Lanier is the CEO of Harper Slade, a racial equity advisory firm focused on helping organizations and communities advance equity for some and equality for all.  An experienced leader with over 25 years of career achievements that span Banking, Labor and Employment Law, Collective Bargaining, Human Resources, and State Government.  A Private and Public Sector CHRO adept in a multitude of HR disciplines, Nikki is experienced in managing mul

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Trinidad Hermida (she/her) is the Founder & CEO of The Hermida Company LLC, a company focused on "Building Equity through Empathy." She is also the Co-founder of Mr. Augmented, a mission-based startup that focuses on creating practical, immersive Augmented Reality experiences that enhance users' everyday lives. Trinidad believes that "by incorporating everyone's genius, we can change the game." She is passionate about expanding technology access

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WANDA M. COSTEN earned her Ph. D. in sociology from Washington State University. She also has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree is from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University. Dr. Costen’s research interests include managing diversity, racial and gender inequality in organizations, women and leadership, and str

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Temitope Oriola is joint editor-in-chief of African Security and associate professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. Oriola’s research focuses on policing & use of force by police, terrorism studies, and social movements. A two-time Carnegie fellow and recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (first awarded by the Earl of Dufferin in 1873), Professor Oriola is president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CA

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Dr Unati Makiwane is a Family Physician with over 14 year experience, Health Coach and Certified Transformation Life Coach focusing on Men's Health and Boy Child’s Mental Health. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Business and Corporate Communications. She immigrated from South Africa in 2010 and worked in the Rural & Urban Saskatchewan. She later relocated to Alberta in 2014. She is the Founder and the Medical Director of United Medical C

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TEDx Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Certified Leadership and Confidence Coach, Business Owner and Founder of Rise Up For You, Nada is passionate about enhancing company culture and people’s development through teaching soft skills, aka human skills.

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Donnovan Simon is the consummate contributor to the community. Since moving to Calgary from Jamaica in 2001, he has been involved in numerous community organizations. He is currently the President of the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA). He has been leading the association since 2015. Donnovan was also President of the JCAA from 2008-2010. He has served on the board of the Caribbean Community Council (the organizers of the annual Cari

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Mahfuz Chowdhury is a national award-winning Brand Manager at Candybox Marketing, ranked as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies in Canada for the last three years in a row. Over the last 12 years, he has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations across North America to help brands adapt to the changing world and tell their story.

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Irfan Chaudhry is a hate crimes researcher and the Director of the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity at MacEwan University. He was a former race relations specialist for the Racism Free Edmonton Project, and was also instrumental in creating the StopHateAB.ca website, a 3rd party hate incident reporting platform that documents hate incidents in Alberta. For the last eight years, Irfan has taught sociology and criminology at MacEwan.

Yat was born with bilateral microtia, a congenital condition in which the outer ears are underdeveloped. Yat cannot wear conventional hearing aids and has profound bilateral conductive hearing loss. Despite a physical disability, he has overcome barriers to inspire others in the community. Wearing prosthetic ears and a bone-anchored hearing aid, Yat is a communication accessibility advocate. Over the past three years, Yat has spoken at over 100 n

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