GRIC EDI Panel Event - Improving Diversity in GR

November 25, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST

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The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion and creating a deeper understanding among members of the GR Profession that the future of government relations should—and will—look much different than the past.

Join us at an upcoming in-person panel on Friday, November 25th, between 12:00 – 1:30pm (refreshments will be served) at Spaces Laurier - 135 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2

Panel Conversation: Improving Diversity in GR - Perspectives on a Glaring Weakness of our Sector and Exploring Possibilities for the Future

Panelists: Moderated by Charelle Evelyn, Managing Editor, Hill Times, in conversation with Lisa Kirbie, Founder & CEO Blackbird StrategiesTiéoulé Traoré, Head, Government and Regulatory Affairs (Canada), IBM, The Honourable Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament and Bunmi Adeoye, Senior Vice President, Proof Strategies Inc.

Cost: Free

A recent survey for GRIC found that respondents from the government relations profession in Canada identify as overwhelmingly white (82%), straight (80%) and do not live with disabilities (94%). These numbers are not reflective of Canadian society as a whole. That same sample of GR practitioners found that 26% of respondents had experienced discrimination in the past 12 months in their workplace. Over the same period, 41% said they have experienced unwelcome comments or conduct at least once at work.

The findings of this survey will be shared at this event and there will be an opportunity for further dialogue via a panel, roundtable discussions and large group sharing. The panel will consist of 3-4 participants and will be moderated by Charelle Evelyn, Managing Editor of the Hill Times.

Join this panel discussion to learn more about how lacking diversity is limiting the potential of the government relations sector, and to hear what you can do to be an ally in the workplace.

Registration is now closed