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Thank you to Andrea Adams for her interview with (Ex)clusion Co-Host Marcie Hawranik. Episode featured on the HR ShopTalk YouTube Channel: this video, we talk about equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace with an HR lens.  Sometimes HR is tasked with this - but is that the right approach?  Marcie Hawranik of Canadian Equality Consulting says HR plays a critical role and can help get it set up right including ensuring leadership from the top and accountability - but then make sure that the organization knows and accepts that it's their responsibility as well.  Canadian Equality Consulting:
Cybermentor (founded in 2001 – happy 20 years!)  is an online mentorship and science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) outreach program for youth who face barriers to accessing STEAM education. The mentors—women, non-binary, and/or Indigenous professionals in diverse careers in STEAM—enjoy the experience of being a role model and motivating the next generation of STEAM professionals.Co-coordinator Hannah Brunsdon has been with Cybermentor since 2019. She has a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Drama from UAlberta. Hannah is passionate about feminism, social justice education, mental health, arts-based community development, and creating safer communities. When she’s not working, you can find Hannah biking, doing arts and crafts projects with her family, or watching stand-up specials on all the streaming platforms!Holliston (Holly) Logan is Cybermentor’s Indigenous Expansion Coordinator. Holly graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Psychology. Holly joined the team in 2020 to focus on expanding the Cybermentor program to create a new mentorship and community engagement stream centred on Indigenous knowledge and people in STEAM. As a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Holly is passionate about working within her community and supporting Indigenous youth in pursuing their passions in a way that is meaningful and respectful to their own communities and cultures. When she is not working you can find Holly hanging out with her dog Beatrice, crocheting, listening to true crime podcasts, and hanging out in nature. Resources:
Steven Ngo is a Vancouver-based lawyer who specializes in business and technology.  He serves on the board of various organizations that advocate for equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the broader community. Steven is also a social entrepreneur and is the founder of Beyond the A, Living Room Series, and Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western).  Currently, he is working on making reporting anti-Asian hate crimes to the police more accessible. the News: Heritage Month
James Demers (He/Him) has worked as a professional facilitator and LGBTQ diversity educator for 9 years and as a community builder for 14 years. Working across a variety of sectors in Treaty 7 Territory (Mo'kinsis) and around the world. He is also a trans activist, athlete, bunny dad, performer, public speaker, and lucky drag producer with Fake Mustache. He has committed his life and career to uplifting LGBTQ voices and building bridges of understanding between all of us.  Local Resources for Education and Support ServicesQueer Education Foundation Stone Foundation for Newcomers/ Rainbow RailRoad - Anti-Racist Organizational Change Project/ Resources - Queer Arts Society - Elders - Pride - Outlink - Community Link - Community Services Toronto - and Two Spirit Education/ SpeakersJoshua Whitehead (he/him)òkinàn Consulting - Gabriel Castilloux James Makokis Education and Media Recommendations PodcastsMaking Gay History As Fact Podcast Calgarian Podcast Secret Life of Canada Unlearning Channel - Can be found on www.goodreads.comStonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution by David CarterAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsTransgender History by Susan StrykerOur Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary by Kevin AllenI’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya- local U of C Professor and artistSo You Want to Talk About Race- by Ijeoma OluoMe and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. SaadThe Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond ColeHow to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., M.Sc. has worked in the oilsands, mining, regulatory, infrastructure, and consulting industries. She holds a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering Computer Process Control Co-op and an M.Sc. in Chemical and Mining Engineering, both from the University of Alberta. Her career has taken her to communities large and small around the nation and she has sat on many Boards and Councils with stakeholders such as federal, provincial, and municipal governments, with First Nations, Metis Settlements, and Metis Nations, as well as academic institutions and private industry. As a mother of two and an Indigenous female engineer, she is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion along with Truth and Reconciliation.She is currently the Assistant Dean (Outreach) and Industrial Professor - Indigenous Engineering for the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering, where she oversees a wide portfolio that contributes to the development of well-rounded and ethically-minded engineering students who will ultimately help to build strong and vibrant communities within Canada.- Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation – the Podcast that I co-host with George Lee- Jessica VandenbergheTwitter: @JMvandenbergheInstagram: @UofAIndigenousengProfDiscoverE-
Andrea Silverstone is the Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of violence for individuals, organizations, and communities.  She is a highly respected community partner and collaborative leader.      Andrea is a Registered Social Worker and Mediator with a background in Judaic/Talmudic Law, having attended Lindenbaum College in Jerusalem and York University in Toronto. Beginning her career in Calgary at the Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, Andrea later transitioned into her role as the Executive Director of Sagesse. Andrea’s achievements include the 2013 Association of Jewish Family and Child Agencies Goodman Award in recognition of her development and implementation of innovative programming that addresses bullying, violence, and domestic abuse in the Jewish community, the 2015 Alberta Inspiration Award for leadership in Family Violence Prevention and the 2015 RESOLVE Excellence in Community Service and Research Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to creating homes and communities safe from interpersonal violence and abuse.  Andrea has implemented a collective impact initiative to address domestic and sexual violence province-wide, she has developed programming to address the systemic nature of domestic violence in under-studied communities such as women of affluence and strives daily to ensure individuals affected by abuse and gender inequality are made visible and know that they have an ally in her.
Welcome to Season 2! We kick things off on Ada Lovelace Day, the 1st day of WinSTEM week 2020! Our Guest:Dr. Laleh Behjat is a professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta Canada. Her research mainly focuses on applying mathematical techniques to make computers faster and more efficient. She has won several international, national and institutional awards for her work on computer engineering and engineering education. In addition, Dr. Behjat has a passion for increasing the status of women in (STEM) and has worked on recruiting more women to engineering for over a decade. She has won many awards for her work on this topic! Including as a recipient of the 2018 Alberta Women’s Science Networks Minerva Mentor Award, the 2015 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Women in Engineering Champion Award, and Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Design Automation Service Award in 2014. Earlier this year she became the NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council) Women in Science and Engineering Prairie Chair! As part of today’s discussion, Dr. Behjat will be discussing some of her plans as the new Prairie Chair. - 
A Crossover Episode with The Colour Gap Podcast Shahzia Noorally, a podcast that uncovers the unique and uncomfortable truths about being a Woman of Colour in the corporate world. We all experience spaces - including work spaces differently. The episode will discuss the pitfalls in EDI efforts when an intersectional lens is not applied. We will also discuss the importance of listening to and understanding lived experiences.
Positive Choices Consulting: Welfare League of Canada https://7f9b59af-af92-41cd-8e6c-aa287... National Institute of Forensic Social Work https://nifsw.comAdditional Reading:
Cross-polliNation aims to show that creativity and innovation are widely accessible by combining knowledge or talents you already have or can learn.  crosspollination.coTwitter @Pollinata1, on Instagram and LinkedIn Recovery and Women in Alberta The Gig Economy Episode Reference
Alex Valorso brings with her a wide variety of skills as an accomplished humanitarian professional with experience in disaster management and gender. Alex holds a BA in International Development with a focus on community development, a master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management with focus on gender and disaster, and certificates in Shelter and Settlement Coordination in Emergencies, Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, and International Humanitarian Law. Her most recent accomplishment includes GenderPro, a specialized technical program at George Washington University. Alex volunteers as the VP of her local Women's Resource Centre and has recently spearheaded a Women in Leadership initiative for her community. Dedicated to working with communities, Alex has extensive practitioner experience in emergency management throughout BC, and during various responses in Canada. She is currently a Senior Advisor at EMBC (Emergency Management British Columbia), and is a Gender Equity Advisor through the Gender Equity Office. Prior to joining EMBC, Alex provided technical support as a Gender Specialist with Cuso International in Guyana, participated in an emergency mission for the refugee crisis in Tanzania with MSF, and provided expertise during various responses as a coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross. Please note: that Alex speaks from her experience and not for the Government of BC. Resources: - -
Our guest, Kimberly Girling –  is the Interim Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, a Canadian non-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making. Kimberly holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and is an alumnus of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy fellowship, a program connecting scientists to policy issues in the Canadian government. She worked for several years as a policy analyst in the Canadian public sector.Our discussion includes the use of scientific evidence in the current pandemic crisis, and how we can use transparent evidence based science moving forward when writing current and future government policies. Evidence for Democracy: Report Evidence in Action: An Analysis of Information Gathering and Use by Canadian Parliamentarians Upcoming Q&A on the role of the science community in responding to COVID19 ipolitics piece on EDI: We are aware that policies are changing rapidly and that discussion within the podcast may already be out of date. Child Care must be part of re-opening strategy COVID-19 amplifies existing challenges for undocumented workers, experts say Recording on YouTube:
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Melissa, CEO of Lamson Consulting, has a Masters in Intercultural Relations. Melissa is an experienced speaker and media personality with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, leadership, manager training, and global workforce development. She has founded companies in Europe and the US, has clients and projects in over 40 countries, and has authored 6 books. She has offered companies such as 3M, LinkedIn, SAP, and Siemens the leadership tools and insights to build successful management and project teams in every corner of the world. She understands that individuals and organizations must upskill their management techniques and training to respond to an increasingly decentralized and multicultural workforce, yet time and again - she sees leadership approaching diversity and inclusion all wrong. Melissa is the author of a new book called THE NEW GLOBAL MANAGER: Learning to Manage Well in a Complex Business Environment, the book is a daily resource for managers -  providing practical tools, frameworks, strategies, and tips for successfully managing teams face-to-face and virtually.Through our interview, Melissa will help listeners understand common mistakes, learn the strategies that have the greatest impact, discover ways to get buy-in for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and increase employee engagement.Resources:
Happy International Women's Day!On today's episode, your hosts Alicia and Marcie will discuss how careers no longer follow the traditional 'ladder' model, instead they are more like 'jungle gyms'!Alicia and Marcie will discuss their own career paths, those who have inspired them, and their hopes for the future in terms of their own careers and societies they work in. Resources mentioned:Alicia Bjarnason Hawranik Geography and Feminist Science Studies Links Massey Waring Studies, Political Science, Justice and Human Rights https://www.maxwell.syr.edu Clinton Ardern Marin
Today’s Guest:Robyn Hanson is a communications professional who thrives when stepping out of her comfort zone. She holds a Public Relations diploma, a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications degree, and a Masters of Education. Robyn is committed to educating others on ADHD to help reduce the stigma attached to the condition. Resources: YouTubeEssential Ideas for Parents: Dr. Russell Barkley ( to ADHD: YouTube personality JessicaMcCabe ( ( and Adults with ADHD ( ADD ( for Smart A** Women ( for Workplaces.Workplaces can...allow employees to wear headphones for listening to music or white noiseoffer swing spaces for conversations or deep reading where there are no distractionsemploy scheduled blocks of uninterrupted time during the day where the phone is set on do not disturb and e-mail notifications are blocked offer sit stand desksencourage exercise during lunch hoursencourage doing tasks that are mini movement breaks, like walking to a co-workers desk rather than picking up the phone and using the stairs rather than the elevatorencourage people to write notes during meetings  to reduce impulsive interruptingemploy Post-It planning to map out ideas visually partner employees for projectsNotable People with ADHDRichard Branson - Founder of the Virgin GroupJim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Watson - ActorsMichael Phelps and Simone Biles - OlympiansAdam Levine - MusicianEd Hallowell - Harvard PsychiatristLisa Ling - Journalist
Unconscious Bias has been the most popular equity, diversity and inclusion training over the last couple of years. However, if the training is not designed correctly, the efforts have been known to actually resulted in more harm than good and in a backlash amongst participants and between employees. The last thing companies want to do is introduce an EDI topic to their organization - where people are already pretty hesitant to accept EDI – and then end up amplifying or accelerating biases!In this week's episode, your hosts Alicia and Marcie will be discussing basics on the topic as well as what to look for in a good training package. If your company is looking for Unconscious Bias training, please contact us. We would be happy to support you. Our training includes a proven tool kit and customized case studies to help companies find a way for the training to work for them! Resources: -
Today's discussion includes unique career journeys, the power of networking and crisis leadership with Gitane De Silva. Gitane previously served as Alberta’s Deputy Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, she also worked in Canada’s Foreign Service for over a decade specializing in Canada-U.S. relations. She had held various posts in the U.S. including Consul General of Canada in Chicago and Head of the Environment and Fisheries section at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. She has also worked as Director of Canada-U.S. Advocacy and Mission Liaison and Director of U.S. Transboundary Affairs at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in Ottawa. In January 2016, Gitane was appointed Alberta’s Representative to the U.S. in Washington, D.C. where she led Alberta’s trade and diplomatic work in the U.S. and led Alberta’s Washington Office. Gitane is now back in Alberta, based in Calgary, Advising the Department of Energy.
A discussion with Gillian HynesGillian is a Senior HR leader at Shell Canada with Talent Strategy expertise, and has worked, lived and travelled throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In her current role as a Global Manager Talent, Downstream for Shell she is responsible for delivering world-class outcomes for leadership development, expertise in Future of Work, and the creation and implementation of innovative Talent and D&I Strategy. Her forward-thinking and innovative approach results in robust people and business performance.  In addition to Shell, she is involved in several community initiatives. With the belief that the Future of Work is deeply rooted in STEM, Gillian is on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Science Network helping to make science fun and meaningful for kids of all ages. As an Ask Her Association Board Member, she supports and empowers women, helping to increase the number of women on Calgary’s City Council. Gillian is al passionate about advancing the HR profession and have recently joined the board of CPHR Alberta. Gillian has an MBA from Queens University, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and a Certificate in Social Impact from Queens University. She also holds her CPHR designation. Gillian is also a recent award winner of the Young Women in Energy Awards to recognize and reward Albertans who go above and beyond to change the face of energy.Resources:
We have heard many debriefings on last weeks federal election, but none have been through an EDI lens. We will discuss topics including: - Who were the target audiences of each federal campaign - What topics were missed, such as women and indigenous concerns- How can we increase the female presence in all levels of politics- What is the difference between being an Ally and a Saviour - What is Wexit and who's voices are being forgottenResources on topics discussed:
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