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Virtual Event: Diversity & Inclusion in the Public Sector

The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Sector

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
(Start: 12:00pm ET / 9:00 PT)

Agenda Overview:

Diversity in the public sector has become a fundamental focus in recent public sector reforms.

Governments around the world are seeking workforces that better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. These diverse workforces are key to driving the successes, effectiveness, and relevance of any organization.

This vision for a diverse public sector requires courageous leadership and strategic planning. It calls for leaders who champion divergent thinking, and who enable their people to reach their full potential. It requires strategies to remove unconscious bias from the recruitment process and attract people of difference to broaden pools of talent, and bring fresh and innovative ways of working to the Public Sector. What can today’s leaders do to promote inclusiveness and create a culture of equity and diversity within their organization? How can organizations provide an environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their full potential?

The Public Sector Network’s virtual Diversity & Inclusion in the Public Sector summit is for HR leaders dedicated to equitable and inclusive workplaces. This event is set to take a look at the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the Public Sector, and how taking a strategic approach can lead to increased innovation and more efficient decision making. Join your peers as we delve into the why and the how and examine the benefits of breaking down barriers and establish a truly unified, supportive, and inclusive workforce.

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Key Takeaways:

Discover how leaders are actively championing the organization’s commitment to having a diverse and equitable workforce 

Learn about harnessing strategies that drive positive impact and lay the foundations for an inclusive future 

Hear about leading employment practices and policies that support diversity and are inclusive of all current and potential employees 

Understand Inclusive pipeline strategies for unbiased recruitment 

Event Speakers:

Seyi Okuribido-Malcolm

Director, Anti-Racism Implementation
Department of National Defence

Richard Sharpe

Director Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Justice Canada

Suelyn Knight

Suelyn Knight

Manager Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights
Toronto Police Service

Suzanne Obiorah

Director, Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development
City of Ottawa

Tracey Jones-Grant

Managing Director Diversity & Inclusion
Halifax Regional Municipality

Margie Picillo

Senior Director - Organizational Performance and Workforce Development, Human Resources Directorate
HR Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Luna Bengio

Principal Advisor to the Deputy Minister
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Priscilla Sabbas Watts

Director, Diversity and Inclusion
BC Public Service Agency

Caley Byrne

Director, Inclusion, Diversity and Cultural Safety
BC Public Service MSDPR

Marta Wodejko

Director, Civilian Executive Services
Department of National Defence

Jahanzaib Ansari

Co-founder & CEO

Farren Roper

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Founder, Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre
Diversity Institute

Thomas Lynch

North American Head of HXM Value Advisory

Event Partners:


Interested in sponsoring? Contact Mike Lefrank by phone (1-647-215-0659) or email (

Agenda Highlights:

12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT
Welcome from PSN
12:05pm ET / 9:05am PT
Chair Opening
12:20pm ET / 9:20am PT
Government Case Study: Fostering Inclusion in the New Reality
12:35pm ET / 9:35am PT
Fireside Chat Session: How the DND is Removing Bias and Increasing Diversity
12:50pm ET / 9:50am PT
Government Case Study: Bridging the Diversity Gaps through Allyship
1:05pm ET / 10:05am PT
Championing Workplace Accessibility
1:20 pm ET / 10:20am PT
Partner Session: Data & Diversity - Leveraging People Analytics to Drive an Inclusive Workplace Culture
1:35 pm ET / 10:35am PT
Government Keynote Session: Embedding D&I Strategies into our Organizational DNA
1:50pm ET / 10:50am PT
Virtual Refreshment Break
1:55pm ET / 11:55am PT
Panel Session: Transforming Workplace Cultures by Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Mindset
2:20pm ET / 11:20am PT
End of session


Complimentary to attend

For public sector only

Online event