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​​Battling Systemic Racism in the Workplace

An Extended Conversation with HR and Business Leaders

As organizations struggle to navigate the challenging terrain related to understanding, addressing and confronting systemic racism, the HRPA is pleased to bring you this important interactive dialogue on Battling Systemic Racism in the Workplace.  

Developed in partnership with Williams HR Consulting Inc., the event will take place over several weeks and will examine the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and explore the root causes of systemic racism.

Over four live webcast sessions, panels of experts will share their lived experiences, perspectives and practical approaches to dealing with systemic racism in the workplace.

HRPA members are encouraged to continue the conversation between live webcasts and can share experiences and resources via the HRPA Community of Practice.

(Note: you must be a member of HRPA to access the Community)

When you participate, you will take away actionable items, tools and practical resources which you can take back to your workplace.

  • Showcase relatable experiences and case studies
  • Spark insights through discussions with experts in the field
  • Explore root causes and common challenges
  • Provide practical strategies, best practices, and actionable takeaways to help HR professionals navigate this area.

Agenda

Session 1 - Awakening the Need for Change 

Explore the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and uncover your personal motivation to implement change.


Speakers

Fireside
Chat:
Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Panelists: 
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi 
Donna Pascal 
Louise Taylor Green, HRPA CEO


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Session 2 - What is Systemic Racism? 

Through the exploration of specific workplace examples, discover how infrastructure can place minorities on unequal footing, and understand your role in identifying, eliminating and preventing systemic racism at work



Speakers

To be announced


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Session 3 - Policies, Practices and Pitfalls 

Explore changes in executive recruitment and learn how HR Professionals can use innovation to eliminate systemic racism and bias in recruitment



Speakers

To be announced


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Session 4 - Unconscious Bias 

Unconscious bias can influence the way visible minorities are managed and advanced in organizations. Explore ways HR Professionals can raise awareness and eliminate bias when managing employee performance and employee-centric decision making



Speakers

To be announced



Title Sponsors
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6 CPD Hours


LOCATION:
ON24 Webinars


DATES:
September 28, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

October 14, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

November 2, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

November 26, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Registration entitles you to receive free recordings of all webinars including any you may have missed


PRICE:
Members: FREE
Non-Members: $250 + tax

During registration, please consider the donation option. Donated funds collected through this event registration will go to Black Youth Helpline, a preferred charity identified by HRPA members in a recent survey.

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As organizations struggle to navigate the challenging terrain related to understanding, addressing and confronting systemic racism, the HRPA is pleased to bring you this important interactive dialogue on Battling Systemic Racism in the Workplace.  

Developed in partnership with Williams HR Consulting Inc., the event will take place over several weeks and will examine the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and explore the root causes of systemic racism.

Over four live webcast sessions, panels of experts will share their lived experiences, perspectives and practical approaches to dealing with systemic racism in the workplace.

HRPA members are encouraged to continue the conversation between live webcasts and can share experiences and resources via the HRPA Community of Practice.

(Note: you must be a member of HRPA to access the Community)

When you participate, you will take away actionable items, tools and practical resources which you can take back to your workplace.

  • Showcase relatable experiences and case studies
  • Spark insights through discussions with experts in the field
  • Explore root causes and common challenges
  • Provide practical strategies, best practices, and actionable takeaways to help HR professionals navigate this area.

Agenda

Session 1 - Awakening the Need for Change 

Explore the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and uncover your personal motivation to implement change.


Speakers

Fireside
Chat:
Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Panelists: 
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi 
Donna Pascal 
Louise Taylor Green, HRPA CEO


____________________________________


Session 2 - What is Systemic Racism? 

Through the exploration of specific workplace examples, discover how infrastructure can place minorities on unequal footing, and understand your role in identifying, eliminating and preventing systemic racism at work



Speakers

To be announced


____________________________________


Session 3 - Policies, Practices and Pitfalls 

Explore changes in executive recruitment and learn how HR Professionals can use innovation to eliminate systemic racism and bias in recruitment



Speakers

To be announced


____________________________________


Session 4 - Unconscious Bias 

Unconscious bias can influence the way visible minorities are managed and advanced in organizations. Explore ways HR Professionals can raise awareness and eliminate bias when managing employee performance and employee-centric decision making



Speakers

To be announced



Thanks to our generous sponsors, the HRPA can offer this webinar series complimentary for HRPA members.

​Not a member yet? Click here for info.

Series Moderators

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​Laura Williams, 


Kris Tierney, 

LL.B, CSP, Founder and Principal,
Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting Inc.


CHRP, CHRL, Vice-President, HR and Learning,
Human Resources Professionals Association


Laura has over two decades of experience providing advice and representation as an HR Lawyer. As an entrepreneur, Laura has built two highly respected firms which respectively provide proactive HR law and HR consulting advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost bottom line performance.

Laura is a labour relations instructor at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies in the Human Resources Management Program. In 2018, Laura was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award—Business and Professional Studies by the School of Continuing Studies at U of T.

Laura is also a seasoned workplace investigator, routinely engaged to conduct complex workplace investigations, and is recognized for specific expertise in investigations related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

As a Certified Speaking Professional, Laura regularly delivers keynote talks on topics relevant to entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR professionals and lawyers. Laura has recently launched a podcast for business leaders and HR Professionals called, We Thrive Forward – Conversations with Laura Williams which is available on all major platforms.



​Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. From there, she developed her passion for business and human resources in progressive HR and leadership positions at TD Bank Financial Group and TD Canada Trust, and as an independent Training Consultant. As a member of executive leadership teams, her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed during her tenures at Questrade, Inc. based in Toronto and at Dealer-FX, Inc. headquartered in Markham, Ontario.

Kris earned her Business Administration Diploma, Human Resources (with Distinction) from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and the Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate from Humber College in Toronto. She has also achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.

Speakers

Session 1 - Awakening the need for change



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Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

Wes Hall came from very humble beginnings in Jamaica to become one of the most influential business people in Canada. He has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations.  As the Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Wes has delivered an unparalleled track record of success for North America's biggest names including: Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, and Suncor.

He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and activist campaigns in North America.  Wes is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environmental and industrial services provider with over 700 employees; Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil & gas, construction and transportation sectors; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia's premier resorts. 

In 2020, Wes was one of five individuals appointed to the Ontario government's Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, an advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province's capital markets regulations. In 2011, Wes received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors' (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.

Wes is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the live of Black Canadians.


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Founder and Principal Consultant, Nyanda Consulting

Dr. Notisha Massaquoi is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Nyanda Consulting.  She holds a BA in psychology from Western University, an MSW from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from University of Toronto/OISE.  She has consulted globally for UNAIDS, WHO, and the United Nations Social Development Council on the subject of racism and its impact on health outcomes and workforces. Notisha is one of Canada's leading experts in developing equity responsive organizations.  Most notably she spearheaded the development and served as the Executive Director of Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto, Canada. 

Notisha has served as an expert advisor in many sectors such as the Ontario Premier's Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and the City of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Strategy Work Group on Race-Based Data Collection. Notisha is the Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Advisory Panel of the Toronto Police Services Board, which was recently responsible for producing the first mandatory race-based data collection policy for a police service in Canada.  


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Donna Pascal

Vice President Human Resources, Communications, Public Relations, Dynacare

Donna currently leads the human resources function at Dynacare, a leading health and wellness solutions provider.  As Vice President Human Resources, Communications and Public Relations, Donna leads a team of 33 professionals.  Donna oversees organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, communications, public relations, learning and development, talent management, talent acquisition and wellness, and health and safety.   Donna and her team are focused on creating an internal culture that inspires employees, grows talent and allows people to thrive at work and at home.  

Donna possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as professional certifications in Advanced Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor Law, in addition to professional training in Executive Coaching.  Donna holds the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association.


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Chief Executive Officer, Human Resources Professional Association

Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officer's who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business.  In fact, she's done this several times in multi-billion dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property & casualty insurance and healthcare. 

Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization's talent is the key to unlocking organizational performance.  By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that have real skin-in-the-game for their clients success.  She believes that HR has never been more influential than they are right now in the corporation's success but also in the lives of the organization's leaders and employees and broader stakeholders.

Louise is a certified HR professional (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE), an ICF certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with CMC Canada, an accredited director with ICD (ICD.D). 


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