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Developmental Services Sector Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Community of Practice (DS EDI CoP)

The DEI Advantage: Creating Impactful Change in Governance and Operations

DEI Governance Academy Learning Module

The DEI Advantage: Creating Impactful Change in Governance and Operations


23 February 2024

1:00 to 3:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 862 1512 7813

Passcode: 677135

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Information about the learning module as well as suggested reading materials.


The DEI Advantage: Creating Impactful Change in Governance and Operations will provide you with a deeper understanding of the current state of DEI within your organization and the challenges and opportunities that exist to further integrate diversity, equality and inclusion across your structures and operations, including governance. You will learn to develop the systems, frameworks and even the values to achieve a future state of organizational DEI.

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In preparation of the training session, you may wish to consult some resources, such as reading materials or videos. Please find below some resources. You are not required to consult these resources before the course.

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Nneka Allen, Us and Them: What it Really Means to Belong (2022).

BoardSource, Five Barriers to Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Within Boards.

Canadian Human Rights Commission, The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Policy on Stakeholder Compensation (23 September 2022).

CivicAction et al., Diversity and Inclusion in Non-profit Leadership in Ontario: Are We There Yet? (November 2023).

Kimberlé Crenshaw, The urgency of intersectionality, TED Talk, (7 December 2016).

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage.

The Johnston Centre – Rotman School of Management, Not-For-Profit Board Diversity & Inclusion: Is It Essentially Window Dressing? (2022).

Akram Khayatzadeh-Mahani et al., Health Research Policy and System, Stakeholders’ engagement in co-producing policy-relevant knowledge to facilitate employment for persons with developmental disabilities (17 April 2020).

Micropedia of Microagressions.

OnBoard Canada, Invited, Understood and Embraced: A Board Governance Toolkit for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.

Randall S. Peterson and Heidi K. Gardner, Harvard Business Review, Is Your Board Inclusive — or Just Diverse? (28 September).

Erin L. Thomas, Upwork “A Letter from Erin L. Thomas, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging” (28 August, 2020).

Ella F. Washington, Harvard Business Review, The Five Stages of DEI Maturity (November – December 2022).

Women’s Executive Network, Moving Beyond Progress to Create Bold Change: A Report on the Representation of Women in Corporate Canada (November 2023).

Lily Zheng, LinkedIn, The term you’re looking for isn’t “diversity of thought.” It’s “productive conflict” (1 March 2023).

Christopher Zou et al., Diversity Institute et al., Experiences of Discrimination at Work (June 2022).


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