March 2020

The Future is Balanced - Diversity and Inclusion in Today's Workplace

11:30am-1:30pm | Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King St E, Toronto

In a time of divisive rhetoric, it is important to remind ourselves that every human being and their skill sets are equally valuable and that each one of us has endless potential.

In honour of International Women’s Day, join the Economic Club of Canada, the Global Institute for Conscious Economics, and PwC Canada for an inclusive conversation about what the future of work in Canada really looks like. This conversation will shed light on the importance of a variety of competencies that include: soft, technical, and digital and how these skills can be used to close the digital divide and foster a balanced, healthy, and thriving workplace. The goal is to usher in a new economic dialogue that promotes and values equity, inclusion, as well as physical and mental well-being. One of the ways to achieve this is to encourage conscious leadership geared to be empathetic, vulnerable, and emotionally intelligent.

The future of work is balanced and in Canada it pulls its strength from our diversity of backgrounds, identities, and accompanying skills. Everyone must be equally valued.

An interactive panel discussion will follow.

- 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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The Future is Balanced - Diversity and Inclusion in Today's Workplace

Lyla Garzouzi

Vice President Distribution
Hydro One

Lyla Garzouzi

Lyla is accountable for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity at Hydro One, serving 1.3 million distribution customers in the province of Ontario. She leads a staff of about 3,500 employees and oversees more than $7 billion in assets. A passionate and energetic leader, Lyla has 15 years of experience at Hydro One, and brings a wealth of knowledge in the electricity distribution business. This includes expertise in distribution system design, investment planning, regulatory proceedings, engineering studies, standards development and deployment, data systems, data governance, and field support. Over the course of her career, she has successfully carried out several strategic mandates, and has led business transformation through the considered application of technology. Lyla is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

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.

Nancy Nazer

Senior Vice President, Organization Development

Nancy Nazer

Nancy Nazer joined Rogers in July 2014 as Senior Vice President, Organization Development. She brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of organizational and leadership development in large organizations, across multiple industries. In her role, Nancy leads 300+ learning and talent acquisition professionals focused on driving organizational performance through proven recruitment, talent, and development strategies. Since joining Rogers, Nancy has supported her team to develop and deliver top learning, career, and leadership programs which have been recognized with awards from Brandon Hall Group, Learning!100, and the Institute for Performance and Learning. Her work has also helped differentiate Rogers as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces, and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Nancy’s passion and pride is supporting and developing people. She is a champion of company values both internally and externally, and is a certified coach who provides ongoing coaching and mentoring for leaders across the organization. Her dedication to her team has been recognized with a Rogers Ted Leadership Award for the value of People in 2018, and Rogers Team of the Year award in 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rogers, Nancy spent seven years at TD Bank leading in a number of executive HR roles in the areas of Organization Development. While there, she played an instrumental role in driving a winning people and talent agenda. Nancy also spent nearly a decade at Bell Canada where she implemented several award-winning programs that focused on growing talent. Nancy’s work has been recognized by the Conference Board of Canada, Gartner Corporate Leadership Council, and the Brandon Hall Learning Awards. She is frequently published and quoted in trade publications such as HRPAO. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and is married with two children.

Nelm Khangura

Vice President, Store and Colleague Solutions
Loblaw Technology Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Nelm Khangura

Nelm is a passionate and energetic leader with 15+ years of retail experience over a wide range of functional areas. She has a strategic and innovative approach to problem solving paired with a drive to see things through to completion. Nelm’s strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and build positive partnerships across all levels and functional areas affords her the ability to garner support and alignment when required. Nelm is a member of Loblaw Diversity & Inclusion Council and Loblaw Women in Technology and is passionate about building a workforce that is reflective of our Canadian population. Nelm holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.) from McMaster University. Outside of work, Nelm’s focus is on her two young boys, family, food and travel.

Paulette Jagers

Chief Inclusion Officer
BMO Financial Group

Paulette Jagers

Paulette Jagers is Chief Inclusion Officer for BMO Financial Group and leads a team responsible for diversity & inclusion. She holds enterprise-wide accountability to drive diversity strategies, education, practices and programs across the company and grow a culture of inclusion. She also partners with BMO for Women and is a founder of Resilience Retreats for women entrepreneurs to invest in their well-being.

Prior to her current role, she was Head of Strategic Initiatives & Leadership supporting workplace transformation and BMO’s enterprise careers and leadership strategy, leadership planning and development programs and onboarding. Prior to that role, she was Head of Talent, Inclusion & Learning for the U.S. Her extensive experience over the last 25 years spans many industries, including Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Financial Services and has included both domestic and international responsibilities.

She also served as Co-Chair with the Chicago Disability Commissioner, for the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Board bringing greater disability inclusion to tables of power and influence in Chicago. In addition, she was a Board member for the Chicago Business Leadership Network and a Steering Committee Member for the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative increasing the representation of Latinos and African-Americans, at all levels, within the Chicago area financial services industry and Improving the overall cultural competency.
She is a recent recipient of the 2018 Legacy Achievement Award from Envision Unlimited for her philanthropic work with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In 2019 her team received the Brandon Hall Award for Best Advance in Executive Development. In 2015 she received American Banker “Most Powerful Women in Banking – Top Banking Team” award.

Paulette attended Northwestern University with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Psychology and has completed the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program from the University of Michigan Business School. She is also a certified executive coach.

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