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Importance of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

May 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Importance of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

In the midst of social movements around equity, diversity, and inclusion, we find ourselves asking how important it is for us to be diverse and inclusive at work and what that really means for organizations. Canada, at its heart, is multi-cultural; we understand the context, but do we put those values into practice at work? Are we truly embracing diversity and inclusion?

Join this informal, facilitated discussion with industry experts about the importance of inclusion and diversity at work. Discover the potential economic advantages of developing an inclusive and diverse organization by exploring the Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage.


Daisy Quon, Senior Manager, Programs and Stakeholder Relations, Immigration and Employment Council of BC
Daisy is responsible for oversight, coordination and implementation of IEC-BC’s programs and services, as well as external relations with employers, service provider organizations, government, and other key stakeholders. Her professional background includes senior positions in the private, non -profit and public sectors in the areas of strategic partnership development and corporate leadership, community investment, immigrant labour market integration, and policy development. Her commitment to the work of IECBC is fuelled by its blend of economics and social mission, thereby, resulting in the ability to “do good and do well”.

Kenzie Woodbridge, Web Developer, Content Community Coordinator, Community Manager, Knowledge Base Administrator, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Matthias Klenk, PhD, Intercultural & Diversity Practitioner, MOSAIC
Matthias manages MOSAIC engage and is responsible for its Intercultural training. He studied Political Science and Cultural Studies in Germany and Mexico, and has a PhD in Communication Studies. He has facilitated anti-racism and anti-oppression workshops in Germany and Intercultural, Diversity & Inclusion workshops in Vancouver and throughout BC. At MOSAIC, he oversees the development of new Intercultural and Diversity Trainings besides managing the marketing of MOSAIC engage.

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Facilitator: Shagufta Pasta is a social planner and writer committed to decolonizing workplaces and career education. She has a B.A in Political Science from UBC,  a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto and was a 2018 SFU RADIUS Fellow. She has worked in Vancouver, Toronto and Johannesburg in philanthropy, higher education and library policy and currently works as a researcher, consultant and educational designer at www.seriouslyplanning.com.


Future of Work Series
The workplace has seen many changes over the past few decades. Are organizations doing enough to prepare the workforce for the future? Thinking beyond today, what will work in the future mean for us and our organizations? How do we welcome the future with open arms?

The Future of Work series features two events: 

Spots are limited, priority will be given to those who are registered. Any open seats will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be served. 


Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown
6100 Willingdon Avenue 2nd floor multipurpose space, Burnaby, British Columbia V5H 4N5
Burnaby, V5H 4N5 CA
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