11th Annual Ability Starts Here Conference led by the Collaborative Partnership Network of like-minded Agencies in Nova Scotia who support Diversity and Inclusion. Join this one-day conference with IMPERFECT LEADERS, LEADING THE WAY in Fearless Discussions about DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.
7:45am Opening Remarks and Leaders of the Future
8:00am Full Plated Breakfast
8:15am Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission - Working with Abilities
8:30-9:00am Keynote Speaker: Lindell Smith
Lindell Smith is a lifelong resident of North End Halifax, and a proud father of a beautiful daughter. He has a proven commitment to working within his community and has dedicated himself to serving it. He is a co-founder of Center Line Studio, a non-profit recording studio for youth who want to express themselves through art and music. In keeping with his concern for the whole community and its diverse needs, and in response to the rapid growth and changes within his neighbourhood, Lindell, along with other community leaders, started “The One North End Project”. This group of community leaders from around HRM aims to ensure that all residents benefit from this rapid growth together by encouraging new hiring practices for local businesses and holding community engagement sessions.
Lindell was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Education and Community Service, he was chosen as one of five Youth Rising Stars for Nova Scotia. He was the first recipient of the Abby Bryant (humanitarian) Award of Excellence, given to a young person who is recognized for outstanding community service, and is a recipient of The Black Business Initiative’s Industry Development Award awarded by the African-Nova Scotian Music Association. In November 2016, Lindell was elected as City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula.
9am -10:15am Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc and Awards
10:30-11:30am Sean McEwen and Stephen Wright Calgary Alternative Employment Services
Leading Inclusion in Your Workplace
We know what diversity and inclusion are. We know why diversity and inclusion benefit our companies, but how do we make it happen? In the face of numerous competing priorities in the workplace, how do we build practices into our processes and work routines which help us leverage diversity and create inclusive workplaces that benefit everyone? This session will inform participants about the mindset, resources and specific steps that can be taken to improve employment accessibility and create a workplace culture which utilizes inclusion to leverage diversity for increased profit and innovation. The presenters have over 50 years of combined experience in supporting employers with workplace inclusion and are adept at creating a lighthearted, 'safe space' for employers to ask questions and explore fears and assumptions so that we can all move forward with hiring confidence.
1 1:45-12:45pm Sean Wiltshire, Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc
Business Truths, Diversity and the Bottom Line
Award-winning, international speaker Sean Wiltshire has been working in Community and Economic Development for over 21 years. Sean will show audiences how diversity builds innovation and how that innovation leads to increased profitability, productivity and team dynamics. Join Sean for an engaging and entertaining session on how diversity can build your bottom line and your team.
1 -2pm Shakira Weatherdon, MA Consultant, Uhuru Professional Development Services
How to Move Beyond Implicit Bias and Into Real Inclusion
Dovetailing the inclusive leadership and intercultural skills presentations, this workshop examines how implicit attitudes and stereotypes result in subtle forms of prejudice and undermine your organizations’ effectiveness in fostering inclusion and recruiting diversity
2:10-3:20pm Breakout Sessions
a) Employer Round Table: A Fearless Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion
Employers, Peers, and Professionals (Imperfect Leaders) will be at each table to lead the way, as we dive into honest, fearless discussions on the challenges and successes of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and community.
b) Herbert Kaliisa, Welcoming Communities Coordinator, ISANS
Building Intercultural Competence awareness
As Nova Scotia becomes more culturally diverse, we all need to learn how to welcome and work with newcomers and build a better community together. This session will help you: Increase your understanding of settlement and integration issues Explore ways to welcome and support new immigrants. Develop intercultural relationship building skills for working with new immigrant
c) Marie-Josee Crawford, B.A., CCDP Case Manager/Career Practitioner/Deaf Client Specialist TEAM Work Cooperative
Deaf Awareness Culture
As an emerging speaker, MJ hopes to educate business professionals and other career practitioners on Deaf Culture and inclusive hiring practices, with the ultimate goal of increasing employment and retention among Deaf and hard of hearing individuals
d) Stephanie Berry, CCDP, Med Counselling Psychology, Career Counsellor/Career Practitioner TEAM Work Cooperative
Maximizing Opportunities for Women Who Have a “Disability”
This presentation will focus on supportive Employment for women with disabilities. The presentation will identify the background of gender in Canada and existing gaps in the Canadian labour market. The goal of the presentation is to enhance and open the minds of workers as it relates to Gender equity, diversity and career development. The presentation will include a combination of personal story telling a long with the review of theory and data to identify shifts that workers can make in there workplaces.
3:20pm Judy Turner Conference Chair and Operations Manager TEAM Work Cooperative
3:30pm Prizes and Wrap Up
Phone: Sharon at 902-430-3522