February 2020

Black On Bay II

11:30am-1:30pm | The Hilton - 145 Richmond St W, Toronto ON, Toronto

The Economic Club of Canada is proud to present a discussion inspired by Hadiya Roderique’s much talked about essay, Black on Bay Street: Hadiya Roderique had it all, but still could not fit in. Hadiya’s piece explores the difficult question that many racialized professionals grapple with – "how authentically me can I be in the workplace?"

Diversity. Inclusion. We hear a lot about the need for both and what Bay Street is doing to move the needle, but what can we do to ensure that these efforts amount to real change? Let’s talk about what organizations and individuals can do to have real conversations about race in the workplace. Conversations that will help to acknowledge and address the very real barriers to entering these spaces and getting support once these talented individuals are in the door. Let's talk about the role of everyone in this change. Let’s talk about the cost to all of us when young Black Canadians don’t see people who look like them in the C-suite. Let’s talk about why equity and equality is an economic issue.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to nefisa@economicclub.ca by Friday February 21, 2020.

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Derek Quashie

PwC Canada

Derek Quashie

Derek Quashie is a Partner in the Immigration Practice at PwC Law LLP working out of the Toronto office.Derek has over 10 years of experience practicing US immigration law in the capacity of outside counsel providing services to large multinational corporations as well as in-house counsel for a large global media conglomerate. His additional experience in law includes several years practicing employment litigation in New York City. He has also spent many years as a strategic corporate human resources partner for several large organizations in both Canada and the US.

Derek received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto and his Juris Doctorate degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and Ontario.

Because of his extensive and diverse employment history, Derek is known by clients to provide well-rounded and practical legal and business advice that not only complies with the law but adapts to various business practices and cultures.

Hadiya Roderique

Freelance Journalist, PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Hadiya Roderique

Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, researcher, journalist, and broadcast commentator. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, This Magazine, and Elle. She is most well known for her piece “Black on Bay Street” for the Globe and Mail, which outlined her experiences as a young Black woman working in a Bay Street firm. She has M.A. in Criminology and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Her research broadly examines how race, gender and parenthood shape perceptions and relationships in the workplace. She is a passionate advocate for representation and inclusion in the workplace.

Jennifer R. Jackson

President, Capital One, Canada

Jennifer R. Jackson

Jennifer Jackson took on the leadership of Capital One’s Canadian business in July 2018 and is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction and operations in the country.

Ms. Jackson has over 15 years of leadership experience, including six years at Capital One as a leader in the company's U.S. Credit Card organization. Most recently, she was Managing Vice President of Capital One's Core Mainstreet and Multiproduct Credit Card businesses, responsible for strategy development, new customer acquisitions and end-to-end customer experiences. Prior to joining Capital One, she was a member of the Corporate Strategy group at Xerox and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she had extensive experience in both domestic and international markets leading turnaround and growth strategies.

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Yale University and earned a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University

Naki Osutei

Associate Vice President, Social Impact (Canada)
TD Bank Group

Naki Osutei

Naki is the Associate Vice President, Social Impact (Canada) for the Global Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Naki joined TD in 2017 to help develop The Ready Commitment, TD's global corporate citizenship platform. Today her team helps bring The Ready Commitment to life through: corporate philanthropy; the engagement of employees beyond traditional volunteering; and strategic initiatives including the TD Ready Challenge, an annual innovation competition.

Prior to TD, Naki worked Executive Talent Management at a financial institution supporting the development of executives and 'near-executives' while also working to diversify the executive pipeline; was an HR Director for, and led the corporate diversity and legacy strategies for the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games; and developed several city-building projects and leadership development programs at CivicAction, including co-creating DiverseCity Fellows, North America's first "civic MBA". She is also an avid volunteer and has served on the Boards of Seneca College, West Neighbourhood House, BMW Foundation’s Young Leaders Transatlantic Forum and was Co-Director of Curation and Coaching for TEDxToronto.

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