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Dr. Candy Khan

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Dr. Candy Khan

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 transformation to organizations and continuous improvement in a multitude of sectors. For example, Measuring Edmonton – program that explored barriers to citizens and staff with disabilities, leadership development, mentorship for internationally trained professionals, women in the workplace and women in politics.

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Canden Coaching and Consulting is an Edmonton based consultancy formed by Dr. Candy Khan in 2016. Canden partners with a broad range of subject matter experts to provide advice on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in a variety of settings including municipal government, non-profit, unions, for profit, post-secondary institutions and health care providers.  Some of the clients include the University of Alberta, City of St. Albert, Strathcona County, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Board, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Edmonton Humane Society, John Humphrey Centre, Alberta Government, Athabasca University and MacEwan University.

 

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 transformation to organizations and continuous improvement in a multitude of sectors. For example, Measuring Edmonton – program that explored barriers to citizens and staff with disabilities, leadership development, mentorship for internationally trained professionals, women in the workplace and women in politics.

 

Candy held the position of Senior Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at the City of Edmonton and in her role played a key role providing strategic and operational advice throughout the organization to senior leaders, middle managers and supervisors. Candy developed corporate wide respectful workplace training, hired facilitators and trained over 5000 staff in two years. Candy also managed the employee diversity survey, interpreted the results, worked with the departmental diversity and inclusion committees to develop action plans stemming from the employee diversity survey. In addition, administered and implemented Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), interpreted results and coached managers on their individual development plan.

 

While at the Vancouver Coastal Health, Candy was the education lead for DEI courses for 20,000 staff where she developed courses in DEI literacy, unconscious bias, mitigating bias, allyship and unconscious bias for hiring managers. Candy provided strategic advice on health equity and managing high profile respectful workplace cases. Candy has extensive experience in investigating workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination. She has worked with labour relations, mediators and labour lawyers and ensured that allegations are investigated impartially, and all parties work toward workplace restoration.

 

Candy obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. She obtained her Master degree with a focus on International, Theoretical and Cultural Studies. Candy obtained a doctorate in education from the University of Alberta with a focus on adult learning in the workplace exploring facilitating an effective anti-harassment training. She also has a certificate in Career Development, Change Management, Workplace Investigations, and Intercultural Development. She has eight publications (made available upon request). Candy is an instructor at MacEwan University in Edmonton where she facilitates four courses on DEI.