General Information and Program

This forum, which will be held in French, will be a unique opportunity to share experiences and knowledge in the area of ​​diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

The Forum is intended for leaders of organizations, policy makers, business owners, human resource managers and influencers, such as committee members or champions of diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

The word « organization » used in the pages is to be taken broadly and encompasses both the non-profit community and the public or private sector.

The main objectives of the Forum:

  • Support the development of skills that promote behaviors and inclusive policies and practices;
  • Acquire skills to develop a strategy and plan of action for diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

Program

The Forum offers numerous possibilities to share knowledge through workshops, plenaries and artistic presentations. Please note the forum will proceed in French.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7 PM – 9 PM
Artistic and Networking Soirée

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Code and Policies
Animator: Jeff Poirier

This workshop presents general information on Ontario and Ontario’s Human Rights Code, including protected grounds and the social domains, forms of discrimination, duty to accommodate and intersectional identities.  [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

Other fundamental concepts based on the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) will be addressed, such as racism, contradictory human rights, the suppression of obstacles related to « the Canadian experience », as well as francophones, language and discrimination.

About…

Jeff Poirier is a principal analyst of OHRC policy. His functions include legislative surveillance, preparation of public submissions and the elaboration of policies on questions such as handicap, gender identity, and contradictory human rights. He has also managed communications and public education and has worked in other domains, including international human rights and francophone affairs.[/read]

The Wheel of Diversity
Animator: Valerie Assoi

We have all, in some form or another, lived exclusion and inclusion in different sphered of our lives, due to the existence of structural obstacles which promote inequality. This variety of life experiences, combined with the existence of different social factors and the overlapping of numerous memberships or identities contribute to the facets of our personalities. This is what we call « intersectionality ». [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

The Wheel of Diversity includes:

  • our own life experience (age, education, sex, handicap, etc.)
  • different social factors (religion, language, social class, marital status, etc.) which influence the former,
  • the organizational sphere to which we belong (manager, emploee, student) and which reinforce our experience
  • the power structures which affect our lives (racism, discrimination, ableism, etc.)

Workshop Objectives:

  • discover, understand and interpret the Wheel of Diversity;
  • to reflect on our own experiences while identifying the spheres in our lives in which we have been advantaged and disadvantaged, creating a degree of inclusion or exclusion (advantageous or disadvantageous) in a given situation or context;
  • define concrete actions and envision an ensuing strategy to take action

About:

Valerie Assoi describes herself as a bridge-builder between heterogenous groups (which do not typically mix together). She holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and a B.A. in Business Administration and has unmatched skills in planning, organization and management of group dynamics. Her ten years of experience in program coordination and in community development make her an engaged citizen devoted to several community associations. A member of l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario andof the administrative council of the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), Valérie Assoi is also a specialist on questions if equity and inclusion. [/read]

Creating positive spaces for LGBTQIA+ immigrant and refugee persons
Animator: Alexandre-Sizwe Inkingi

This interactive workshop addresses the needs of LGBTIA+ francophone immigrants and refugees in Ontario. Together, we will explore certain issues affecting the integration of new arrivals in the context of sexual orientation and gender diversity. The workshop will also offer tools and practical strategies to promote the creation of positive and more inclusive spaces for everyone. [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This interactive workshop addresses the needs of LGBTIA+ francophone immigrants and refugees in Ontario. Together, we will explore certain issues affecting the integration of new arrivals in the context of sexual orientation and gender diversity.

The workshop will also offer tools and practical strategies to promote the creation of positive and more inclusive spaces for everyone.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ francophone immigrants and refugees;
  2. Equip participants with practical ideas and strategies;
  3. Promote the creation of positive and inclusive spaces for everyone.

About…

Alexandre-Sizwe Inkingi is the Co-ordinator of the Positive Spaces Initiative, a project sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. His work is focused on developing and maintaining positive spaces for LGBTQIA+ new arrivals living in Ontario. Sizwe employs these concepts an antiracist and anti-oppression framework to promote inclusion and equity at the institutional level. [/read]

Strategy and Plan of Action for Diversity and Inclusion
Animator: Louise Sauvé-Dubois

This workshop seeks to increase your skills in developing and deploying a strategy and plan of actionaction plan for diversity and inclusion at the heart of your organization. It offers ways of putting your knowledge into practice through an interactive exercise in which participants will complete a strategic plan based on a hypothetical organizational entity. The exercise will draw from an extensive sample of words, images and examples illustrating a large variety of persons. [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This workshop is seeks to increase your skills in developing and deploying a strategy and plan of action plan for diversity and inclusion within your organization.

This workshop offers the possibility of putting your knowledge into practice through interactive exercises in which participants will complete a strategic plan based on a hypothetical organization.

The exercise will draw from an extensive sample of words, images and examples illustrating a large variety of persons.

About…

Louise Sauvé-Dubois is an independent consultant in Diversity – Inclusion –Francophony. She possesses over 25 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion covering a large range of topics including diversity, different frames of reference, as well as the development and implementation of concrete strategic plans toward more inclusive organizations. She holds a certificate in leadership and inclusion, and also a Bachelor’s degree with a Concentration in Immigration, Diversity and Equity.  [/read]

Talking together toward better understanding in the context of diversity
Animator: Margot Loiselle-Léonard

This workshop aims to improve communication and interactions, and to adopt behaviours that will improve our rapport with people who have differences from ourselves and to achieve better co-existence.  [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This workshop aims to improve communication and interactions, and to adopt behaviours that will improve our rapport with people who have differences from ourselves and to achieve better co-existence.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Sensitization on communication problems in the context of diversity
  2. Acquiring intercultural and other “inter” communication skills toward better mutual understanding to enrich ourselves and others in the creation of inclusive spaces

About…

Margot Loiselle-Léonard was a Professor of Social Work at University of Quebec Abitibi-Temiscamingue. Her doctoral studies focused on Intercultural Relations, with her research supported by a qualitative approach in full collaboration with the Algonquin communities wherein this research was performed.

In addition to teaching Intercultural Relations and Social Work to indigenous students, Margot Loiselle-Léonard also gave training on the Medicine Wheel and its applications in Social Work.
She is presently writing a book entitled “Des mocassins spirituels : pour se parler et s’écouter” (“Spiritual Mocassins: for talking to each other and listening to each other”). One of the chapters describes the communication challenges in “inter” space, encompassing several dimensions of diversity. Margot Loiselle-Léonard has also lived in Rwanda.  [/read]

Comparative analysis between the sexes plus (CAS+)
Animator: Soukaina Boutiyeb

This workshop presents the CAS+ tool for comparative analysis between the sexes, which can be used to evaluate potential repercussions on diverse groups of persons (women, men or other) in politics, programs or initiatives.

Individual identity, being determined by a multitude of factors beyond sex, the “+” added signifies that analysis is not limited solely by sex (biological differences) or gender (social construction of sex), but also takes into consideration other factors which overlap (race, ethnic origin, religion, age, or disability of physical or intellectual nature).  [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This workshop presents the CAS+ tool for comparative analysis between the sexes, which can be used to evaluate potential repercussions on diverse groups of persons (women, men or other) in politics, programs or initiatives.

Individual identity, being determined by a multitude of factors beyond sex, the “+” added signifies that analysis is not limited solely by sex (biological differences) or gender (social construction of sex), but also takes into consideration other factors which overlap (race, ethnic origin, religion, age, or disability of physical or intellectual nature).

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Discover a tool which responds to social reality;
  2. Master this innovative tool and integrate it into programs and projects to evaluate possible repercussions.

About

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization with a Minor in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s in Conflict Studies, Soukaina Boutiyeb has been involved in the sectors of women and the Franco-Ontarian community.

Soukaina is currently the Director-General at l’Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne. [/read]

Digital accessibility as a means of citizens’ inclusion
Animator: Valéry Vlad

This workshop presents a lesser known section of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005, which deals with accessibility overall: digital accessibility.  [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This workshop presents a lesser known section of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005, which deals with accessibility overall: digital accessibility.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Getting to know digital accessibility better;
  2. Clarifying ideas from the public concerned;
  3. Sensitizing public opinion and Ontario organizations about the needs of persons with disabilities;
  4. Helping organizations represent these persons to reclaim their rights.

About…

Born in Romania, Valéry Vlad earned a diploma in Engineering from the University of Bucarest. In November 2000, he settled in Toronto following ten years in France. Presently responsible for (LAPHO) Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act at TFO, he teaches Introduction to Web Site Management at La Cité Collégiale.

TFO is an educative and cultural French language television channel in the Canadian province of Ontario, which mainly broadcasts children’s programs, documentaries and directory cinema.  [/read]

Accessible and Inclusive Information and Events
Animator: Judith Parisien

This workshop seeks to inform participants on the importance of proper accessibility planning for events as well as the readability of written information, and also to train participants in this accessibility. [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

This workshop seeks to inform participants on the importance of proper accessibility planning for events as well as the readability of written information, and also to train participants in this accessibility.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Identify obstacles to the participation of persons with disabilities at events for which accessibility has not been addressed by event organizers;
  2. Offers recommendations to ensure good readability of your written information and communications;
  3. Provide steps to follow in order to ensure significant accessibility at your events.

About…

Franco-Ontarian engager Judith Parisien is renowned for her extensive knowledge and her expertise in accessibility and promotion of inclusion. She has created numerous tools for education, training and sensitization, working in direct collaboration with an expert team.

Owing to her innate talents as an animator and trainer, she has offered numerous workshops on accessibility and the realities faced by persons with disabilities for diverse community groups – both public and private – at the Ontario provincial level.[/read]

Integrated and concerted steps in diversity and inclusion at the University of Ottawa.
Animator: Caroline Andrew

This presentation will inform participants on integrated and concerted steps in diversity and inclusion at the University of Ottawa. [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

Integrated and concerted steps in diversity and inclusion at the University of Ottawa
This presentation will inform participants on integrated and concerted steps in diversity and inclusion at the University of Ottawa.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the principal steps to becoming a more equitable, diverse, accessible and inclusive organization;
  • Describe these steps to apply to your organization:
    1. Role of leadership,
    2. Development of an ad hoc committee,
    3. Qualitative and quantitative surveys toward generating a portrait of the situation among professors, students and administrative staff
    4. Creating focus groups to address specific questions such as that of persons with disabilities (topic put into practice during this workshop).

The workshop will end in an analysis of results and recommendations.

About…

Caroline Andrew is a Professor Emeritus and outgoing Director at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. She has presided over the Working Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Ottawa since 2017.

She publishes from a perspective of equity and inclusion on urban governance, immigration policy, and women and cities. Her experience on the question of francophone immigration has influenced diverse research and the publication of reports.

A member of the Order of Canada (2015) and of the Order of Ottawa (2013), she has received numerous awards, including the Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario (2006). [/read]

Plenary 1
Open window on success stories in diversity, accessibility and inclusion

Different organizations working in public and not-for-profit sectors, representing diverse activities, present examples of change successfully implemented toward becoming more inclusive and representative of a diversifying population including persons with disabilities. Examples given will touch on different components of the organizations.

Plenary 2

Ableism and audism
Animator: Véronique Leduc

Promoting full social recognition of persons with disabilities or deaf invites to deconstruct the capacity and the audism, these normative systems formed of a set of practices, actions, beliefs and attitudes which (over) value the valid persons (non-disabled) and hearing and their ways of life, to the detriment of a diversity of bodies, mobility and languages ​​(signs). [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

About …

Véronique Leduc is a professor in the department of social and public communication and the cultural action program at UQÀM. First deaf university professor in Quebec, she holds a doctorate in communication and a master’s degree in social work. A researcher associated with various research partnerships, her projects and practices are articulated through research-creation approaches and critical, feminist, queer, intersectional, crip (disabled) and deaf perspectives.[/read]

Ontario Human Rights Commission – The Duty to Accommodate
Animator: Jeff Poirier

This plenary session offers a preview of « Duty to Accommodate » for different circumstances – such as disabilities, beliefs, family situation or other reasons – in the workplace and in professional associations, and also with regard to housing and services. Participants will learn their rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, including how to respond to requests for accommodation. This session is based on the policies of the OHRC. [read more= Read more » less= Read less »]

About…

Jeff Poirier is a principal analyst of OHRC policy. His functions include legislative surveillance, preparation of public submissions and the elaboration of policies on questions such as disability, gender identity, and contradictory human rights. He has also managed communications and public education and has worked in other domains, including international human rights and francophone affairs.[/read]

Plenary 3
Let’s Act!

This session will allow participants to develop concrete actions to address obstacles, systemic barriers and diverse needs, hereby learning to create a diversified, inclusive and accessible workplace including for persons with disabilities. Through this, we may draw from the richness of diversity and create organizations of choice which are more efficient, innovative, creative and productive.