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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.