Diversonomics Season 4 | Episode 5

Forging ahead: Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion within the workplace 

02 December 2019

Picking up on episode 4's theme, there are a number of challenges when it comes to how organizations can meaningfully instigate and encourage movement on the equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) front. Insufficient education about the benefits of EDI, misinformation about how to successfully implement EDI initiatives, and lack of accountability tend to sink the majority of even the most well-intended programs.

However, it’s been proven that businesses that share data around the make-up of their workforce and encourage the creation of employee resource groups are more successful at cultivating opportunities for under-represented groups.

Tune in to episode 5 of Diversonomics season 4 as hosts Roberto Aburto and Cindy Kou speak with Adrian Ishak - senior corporate counsel for global labour & employment at Salesforce and vice-chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations - about the key barriers to EDI success and the importance of remaining committed to continually moving forward.

Episode tip:

…for everyone who's involved in the EDI space, our work is never done … there’s always going to be opportunity for growth. There's always going to be opportunity for education. There's always going to be opportunity for moving the dial, even if it may sometimes feel like one step forward, two steps back.

- Adrian Ishak, senior corporate counsel, global labour and employment at Salesforce, and vice-chair of the Roundtable Diversity Associations (RODA)

The Roundtable of Diversity Association is hosting a full day diversity conference on December 9. You can learn more or register for the conference on the Canadian Bar Association website.

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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, visit his biofollow with him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Cindy Kou

Cindy Kou is a business law associate. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on technology law matters.

Cindy holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. She speaks French and Mandarin.

To learn more about Cindy, visit her bio or follow her on Twitter.


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