February 2019

Diversity & Inclusion Outlook 2019

11:30am-1:30pm | Downtown Marriott (at CF Eaton Centre) - 525 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2, Toronto, ON

Diversity and inclusion. We're beyond asking if these are just buzz words or a fleeting trend. D&I is here to stay.

Just as the Economic Club of Canada gathers Economists from the Big Five Canadian FI's each year for a highly anticipated "Economic Outlook" discussion, we're now gathering Diversity & Inclusion leaders for an equally important "Diversity Outlook" panel.

What are the Big Five banks in Canada doing in the year ahead to ensure that their institutions reflect the Canadian reality - both with the people they're hiring and the customers they're servicing? What are the priorities for the next 12 months?

Panelists include:

Permpreet Sidhu, Vice President, Performance and Inclusion, Scotiabank
Rajini Nagendran, Chief Inclusion Officer, BMO
Brent Chamberlain, Senior Director, Inclusion & Diversity, CIBC
Kelly Pereira Senior Vice President, Human Resources Royal Bank of Canada
Kelley Cornish, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, TD Bank Group

Moderated by Mona Ghiami, Chief Inclusion Officer, PwC

- 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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Brent Chamberlain

Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Brent Chamberlain

Brent Chamberlain is a Senior Director with CIBC’s talent management team and leads the group responsible for implementing the bank’s global inclusion and diversity strategy. He previously led diversity for Bell and has held several non-profit leadership roles including Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada. Brent holds degrees from the London School of Economics and McGill University.

Kelley Cornish

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
TD Bank Group

Kelley Cornish

Kelley Cornish is a diversity and inclusion executive, author, and speaker and serves as the Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion for the TD Bank Group, charged with the bank’s efforts to promote diversity throughout the U.S. and Canada. Cornish works to expand the bank's efforts to promote diversity throughout the U.S. and Canada, implementing and delivering its enterprise D&I strategy, with a focus on building and measuring workforce representation and extending accountability for inclusion across the organization.
Cornish joined TD in 2017 and has led significant momentum in TD's U.S. D&I efforts, bringing more than 25 years of leadership experience in D&I and HR. In her broadened role, Cornish leads D&I teams in North America refining TD's structure to most effectively support its enterprise strategy, including elements that will retain a U.S. D&I focus.
Acknowledged in 2018 for her commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career, Cornish received the 2018 Career Mastered Award. She was also recognized as a member in the top team of distinction for the American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking Award. Under her leadership, TD Bank was recognized for the first time by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity and received the Urban League of New York's Diversity Champion Award. Additionally, the bank was listed as a top company on the Diversity Inc. Top 50 list.
Prior to joining TD, Cornish led Diversity and Inclusion at AmeriHealth Caritas where she shaped the vision and developed workforce initiatives programming. She created and implemented the strategy and roadmap for a long-term multi-year, diversity and inclusion strategy. Included in this work was the publication of Kelley's first book, "It's Work! How Will You Show Up?" where she shares professional and personal tips on the workplace which includes a case study highlighting the work of a millennial.
As a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award winner by Peirce College for the City of Philadelphia, PA, Cornish is a Certified Diversity Professional by Cornell University (CCDP). She also serves as a Special Expertise Panel Member for Diversity and Inclusion for the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) which includes addressing current and future trends within diversity and inclusion, and she consults and speaks for various organizations. Kelley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina - Aiken in Business Administration and her Masters from Webster University in Human Resources. Kelley resides in Greenville, SC with her husband Douglas Slaughter and they have five adult children.

Kelly Pereira

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Royal Bank of Canada

Kelly Pereira

As Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Kelly is responsible for executive and high potential talent management, including leadership development, executive recruitment and succession planning. Kelly also leads the Diversity & Inclusion and Organizational Effectiveness COE and has responsibility for the HR Business teams supporting Functional groups.

Kelly has held progressively more senior roles in Human Resources including the Leadership & Organizational Development Centre of Expertise and as an HR Business Partner. In addition, Kelly has a diverse background in Personal & Commercial Banking both in retail sales and National Office. In April, 2017, Kelly was appointed to her current role as Senior Vice President, Leadership Development.

Kelly holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph.

Mona Ghiami

Chief Inclusion Officer

Mona Ghiami

Mona Ghiami is the Chief Inclusion Officer (CIO) at PwC Canada and a member of the Extended Leadership Team. Mona also represents Canada as its Territory Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Leader in PwC’s Global Network. As CIO, Mona advises the CEO and Canadian Leadership Team on D&I matters.

She is responsible for developing the firm’s D&I strategy, national programming and oversees related markets and people initiatives, including playing an advisory role on New world. New skills. a firm investment in upskilling PwC people to bridge the digital divide. Mona’s leadership has helped spark cultural transformation at PwC that has positioned the firm as a role model of inclusive leadership in Canada.

Mona has more than 15 years of leadership and speaking experience and is often sought after for her extensive expertise and insight in inclusion. She works closely with clients, assisting them with implementing inclusive workplace strategies connected to their business priorities.

Mona holds a CPA, CA and is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of British Columbia. She is the former chair of the Board of Directors at the Boys & Girls Club of Ontario and a proud mom of twin girls.

Permpreet Sidhu

Vice President, Performance and Inclusion, Global Human Resources

Permpreet Sidhu

Permpreet leads the Performance and Inclusion function within Global Talent with a mandate to build diverse, high performing teams across the Bank. In this role, she works closely with Scotiabank’s executive management to drive the change agenda for a culture of inclusion as the enabler for a high-performance organization.

Since joining Scotiabank in 2012, Permpreet has had held various roles in human resources with expertise in organizational design, leadership development, performance, human capital analytics, recruitment strategy and diversity and inclusion.

Prior to Scotiabank, Permpreet worked in the financial services industry within retail banking and institutional investment management. She speaks Punjabi and Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

When not working, Permpreet loves to be outdoors and explore different cities and countries. She is a passionate hiker.

Rajini Nagendran

Chief Inclusion Officer
BMO Financial Group

Rajini Nagendran

Rajini brings over twenty years of professional experience to this role and a proven track record of delivering strong financial results, client experience and people leadership. Since joining BMO in 2001, Rajini has held progressively senior roles both in head office and front line functions; developing deep expertise in Sales Leadership, Pricing and Product Strategy and Data Analytics. She served as Head of Pricing & Personal Products in 2010, Head of Commercial Deposits in 2011 and was appointed to Vice President, Business Banking (Canada) in 2014 where she led a high performing team of Relationship Managers who provided a full suite of financing, deposit and cash management solutions to business clients in the Greater Toronto Area. She was recognized as a national top performer in 2017.

Rajini is a member of the Leadership Council for Inclusion and Diversity, BMO for Women Steering Committee and proud supporter of United Way. She is a past Board Member of GroYourBiz, a peer-to-peer advisory group for women entrepreneurs and past Co-Lead of the Greater Toronto Area BMO for Women Council.
Rajini holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a Legal Studies minor from the University of Waterloo.

In her spare time, Rajini enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community and travelling across the globe.

BMO Financial Group was the recipient of the Catalyst award in 2017 for innovation in diversity and inclusion, the Gender Equality Award in 2017, Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada in 2017, the Best Workplaces in Canada in 2016 and 2017, the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and the Best Workplaces for Women Award in 2016.

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