May 2018

Who's at the Table? Eliminating Boardroom Barriers

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King St. W. , Toronto

More than ever, conversations of diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of every business model and they continue to be a key topic when discussing governance in Canada. But, as we surge towards a positive response, many are still not being invited to have a seat at the table. Regardless of standards or quotas, we aren’t hitting the mark.

The question remains, do we need a new regulatory approach demanding a fair and inclusive room? Or can we see significant movement towards with voluntary regulation? Join our expert panel as they demystify the perceptions associated with diverse leadership, discuss how this change can improve the effectiveness of an organization, and show how we get there successfully. 

- 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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Dr. Denise O’Neil Green

Vice-President of Equity and Community Inclusion
Ryerson University

Dr. Denise O’Neil Green

Dr. Denise O'Neil Green, whose leadership and advocacy have helped to establish Ryerson University’s reputation for excellence in equity, diversity and inclusion, was recently appointed Ryerson’s first Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion.

Dr. Green has a deep-rooted passion for the advancement of diverse classrooms and inclusive campus climates and has championed organizational change on university campuses, both in the USA and in Canada, for over 25 years. She is an inclusive, strategic leader, under whose direction Ryerson has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for each of the past three years.

She migrated to Canada from the United States in 2012 and joined Ryerson as the inaugural Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost EDI. She holds extensive academic and administrative experience and has served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity, a professor, and director for student success programs.

She has published and presented many book chapters, journal articles, papers, and is the Executive Editor of InstitutionalDiversityBlog.com. She is the co-author of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women – 2016. A frequent speaker on issues of equity and inclusion in higher education, she has received several awards including the 2016 Pioneers for Change Award for Excellence in Women in Leadership, President’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence, 2017 and named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, in 2015.

Dr. Green earned her PhD from the University of Michigan, a Master’s from Princeton and a Bachelor’s from the University of Chicago.

James Temple

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PwC Canada

James Temple

As PwC Canada's Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, James oversees a team that designs and implements social and environmental strategies that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s Purpose and strategic business priorities, helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace.

His portfolio oversight includes leadership of the PwC Young People Project – the firm’s commitment to addressing the issue of Youth Unemployment in Canada by harnessing its time, talent and treasure to help to prepare 10,000 young people for the future of work by 2020.

A committed volunteer, James currently sits on the not-for-profit committee of CPA Canada's Risk Oversight and Governance Board and has provided his expertise on fundraising committees for organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Gardiner Museum and the Homes First Foundation. Combined, he has helped to raise over $1M for important social causes in the community over the past five years.

Kathleen Taylor

Chair of the Board
Royal Bank of Canada

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is Chair of the Board of RBC. She has served on the Board since 2001, where she has chaired the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committees, and served on the Audit and Risk Committees. She is also Chair of the Board of the Sick Kids Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and a Co-Chair of the SickKids Capital Campaign.

Ms. Taylor is a director of Air Canada and a member of its Audit, Finance and Risk, Human Resources, and Governance and Nominating Committees. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where she serves on the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

Ms. Taylor is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with the iconic global company, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm’s global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties.

Her many accolades for business achievement include the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) after being honoured by WXN in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Ms. Taylor received the Governance Professionals of Canada Peter Dey Governance Achievement Awards and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Report on Business magazine named Ms. Taylor among the 50 most powerful people in Canadian Business in 2017, and was also named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and became a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Taylor has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University and Trent University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Ms. Taylor is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council where she Co-Chair’s the Human Capital Policy Council. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business and on the Principal’s International Advisory Board at McGill University.

Ms. Taylor lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.

Tanya van Biesen

Executive Director
Catalyst Canada

Tanya van Biesen

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, the leading global nonprofit working to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. In this capacity, Tanya is responsible for leading the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders. A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments. Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. She currently serves as the Toronto chapter representative for WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, a global membership organization and community of women corporate directors dedicated to accelerating best practices in corporate governance. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and speaks English, French, and Dutch.

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