Diversity Summit 2020

Promoting Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism
in Businesses and Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador
This online event is a pan-provincial forum designed to explore the contribution that diversity plays in supporting the sustainability of businesses and communities throughout the province. Drawing upon lived experiences, the Diversity Summit 2020 will focus on advancing intercultural understanding by promoting the value and importance of multiculturalism, anti-racism, and inclusion.

The Event will be streamed live on Rogers – click here!

9:30 am – Welcome

9:45 am – Guest Speaker: Catharyn Andersen

Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, Memorial University

10:15 am – Panel Discussion: Promoting Anti-Racism in our Communities

This panel will focus on individual experiences with racism and discrimination, and how we can be better allies in fighting racism in the province

  • Moderator: Hasan Hai, Manager, Customer Success, Clockwork Fox & Activist
  • Panelist: Dr. Sobia Shaikh, Co-founder, Anti-Racism Coalition of NL & Addressing Islamophobia in NL Project
  • Panelist: Dr. Zainab Jerrett, Executive Director, Tombolo Multicultural Festival Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Panelist: Jude Benoit, 2-Spirit Indigenous Activist Collective Co-founder & Social Justice Co-op Board Member

11:00 am – Panel Discussion: Multiculturalism in Business and Communities

Bringing together business and community representatives to speak about the importance of multiculturalism and how it positively shapes economies and communities

  • Moderator: Sharon McLennon, Director, NL Workforce Innovation Centre, CNA
  • Panelist: Pam Anstey, Executive Director, St. John’s Farmers’ Market
  • Panelist: Tony Fang, Full Professor and the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation, Memorial University
  • Panelist: Lloydetta Quaicoe, CEO, Sharing Our Cultures
  • Panelist: Colin Krulicki, Regional Vice President, RBC

11:45 am – Screening of HOME documentary / lunch break

12:15 pm – Guest Speaker: Carey Majid

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission

12:45 pm – Panel Discussion: Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs

A panel of experts share their experiences for building and maintaining successful businesses in a diversifying province

  • Moderator: Sanchita Chakraborty, Founder/ Director, Bollywood Jig
  • Panelist: Joe Teo, Co-founder, HeyOrca!
  • Panelist: Gustavo Valoyes, 1949 Barber Shop
  • Panelist: Mini Nair, Mini’s Family Child Care Centre
  • Panelist: Eldin Husic, Balkan Kitchen

1:30 pm –  Conclusion

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