The Face of Leadership™ Inclusive Leadership Forum

NOTE: This event has been postponed due to the evolving COVID – 19 situation. Please check back for further details in the near future or contact Clodagh at When this event is rescheduled we will post ticket purchase links.

This Forum is open to diversity and inclusion leaders and champions and HR professionals who want to share their expertise, while gaining knowledge about effective practices and emerging research about advancing gender equality in the workplace. The full-day gathering will include speakers, a panel discussion and workshops.

The program is designed to be practical, providing tangible learning for leaders, and to increase our collective knowledge as we work to change the face of leadership in BC. It will include:

Keynote Presentation | Erin Davis, Director Corporate Engagement Western Canada, Catalyst Inc.

Catalyst is a global non-profit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Join Erin to hear about Catalyst’s action-oriented research that focuses on building inclusive cultures, addressing workplace issues at the intersection of gender, race and ethnicity, and engaging men as champions to help women advance and succeed.

Promising Practices Panel: Engaging Leaders at All Levels

It’s no secret that engaging middle managers in DEI efforts can be a challenge. Even though leaders may realize it’s importance, there is a struggle to appreciate its relevance to the business. Panelists will share promising practices that their organizations are using to create more inclusive workplace cultures by engaging leaders at all levels.


Pay Up for Progress: Prioritizing the Gender Wage Gap | Leslie Collin, Senior Director People and Culture, Unbounce

According to Statistics Canada Women earn $0.87 for every $1 made by a man in Canada. The gap is worse for women who face multiple forms of discrimination, such as women of colour and disabled women. While most companies know about the gender pay gap—and want to minimize it—it can be hard to know how or where to start. In this session you will learn how Unbounce is tackling the wage gap internally and externally with their Pay Up for Progress toolkit and campaign.

How We Doubled the Representation of Women in Engineering | Ainsley Robertson, Manager of Development Experience, Clio

In June 2018, Clio was preparing to kick off a big hiring push that would nearly double the size of its 61-person software engineering team. Recognizing that hiring so many people in a short period of time could result in further homogenizing the 87% male engineering team, Clio took the opportunity to meaningfully change the makeup of the team by using a gender quota. The result? Women represent 27% of Clio’s software engineers and that number is climbing. Find out how they did it.

Holding Leaders Accountable for Results | Michele Mawhinney, Vice President People & Sustainability, YVR

Women account for 45 per cent of the management team at Vancouver Airport Authority, 60 per cent of the officers of the Executive Team, and 36 per cent of the Board, including the Board Chair. The inclusion of women and other equity-seeking groups at YVR is not by accident. YVR has developed a strategic mindset around the retention and advancement of women, and holds leaders accountable through visible senior leadership commitment, metrics and scorecards. Join Michele Mawhinney, Vice President People & Sustainability, to learn how YVR created a culture of results.

Click here to learn more about last year’s Forum

The Face of Leadership™  Luncheons

In fall 2019, we hosted three regional Face of Leadership™  Luncheons in Vancouver, Prince George and Kamloops. During these luncheons we shared the key findings from our 5th annual Face of Leadership™ BC Scorecard, giving attendees an insight into how BC’s top companies are progressing with respect to including women in their senior leadership ranks.

See photographs from the Vancouver and Prince George luncheons.

Keep an eye out for more information on our 2020 Face of Leadership™ regional luncheons coming soon.

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