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Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Symposium 2013
Promising Practices in the Workplace
April 24 and 25, 2013
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel
600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, ON


Registration deadline April 22, 2013

Keynote speakers:

Stephen Lewis, Distinguished Visiting Professor from Ryerson University

Dr. Jean Augustine, Ontario Fairness Commissioner

The 2013 Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Symposium is a provincial-wide initiative that explores promising practices in community engagement and organizational change towards embracing diversity, equity and inclusivity.  The symposium aims to illustrate cutting edge practices wherever they may exist in organizational infrastructure processes, community engagement and customer/client satisfaction. It will impart practical applications, robust methods and practices and tested implementation methodologies.

Attend, be engaged and leave with promising practices in areas such as:

  1. Achieving a diverse workforce through cutting-edge recruitment, hiring and retention practices
  2. Training and Development: Educational and empowerment initiatives
  3. Leadership and organizational change through a lens of inclusivity and equity
  4. Optimizing the benefits of a diverse workforce: Required organizational structures and development
  5. Becoming and being an employer who embraces LGBTQ, aboriginal and differently-abled identities
  6. Quality assurance and organizational evaluation
  7. Innovative ways to engage service user/customers/clients
  8. Proven ways to address workplace harassment, violence and/or discrimination
  9. Multigenerational and multicultural trends in the workforce: Understanding and optimizing their benefits

Registration fee: $195 before March 10, 2013. $225 on or after March 10, 2013.  


Display Tables:

Display tables can be purchased for your organization to advertise your organization's products or services during the symposium.  The fee for display tables is $75 for not-for-profit organizations and $150 for for-profit organizations.  If your organization wishes to purchase a display table for the symposium please complete the Display Table Registration and Payment Form and submit it to Kinark Child and Family Services.


Hotel Information:

Sheraton Parkway Traditional room: $139 + 16% taxes and fees per night
Sheraton Parkway Jacuzzi Suite: $164 + 16% taxes and fees per night
Best Western room: $99 + 16% taxes and fees per night
To contact in house reservations at the Sheraton Parkway, please call toll free 1-800-668-0101 or email:


For questions regarding the Symposium, please contact the CIRG 2013 Symposium Workgroup Chair, Michael Bowe.


This event is organized by the Community Inclusivity Reference Group. Member organizations include:

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre
Catholic Community Services of York Region
Children’s Treatment Network
Destiny Outreach Services
Family Services York Region
Jewish Family and Child Service
Kinark Child and Family Services
Pathways York Region
Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region Inc.
Social Services Network
The York Centre for Children, Youth and Families
York Region Abuse Program
York Region Children’s Aid Society
York Region District School Board
York Regional Police
York University


Event Sponsors (sponsorship opportunities are still available):

Premier Funder​ Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Gold Sponsors

Kinark Child and Family Services
Silver Sponsors​ Blue Hills Child and Family Centre

York Region Children's Aid Society
​Bronze Sponsor York Centre for Children, Youth and Families



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