Forum: The Inclusive Organization of Tomorrow

Event date

March 8, 2019

Event location

Société des arts technologiques

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S6 (Métro Saint-Laurent)


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From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organized as part of International Women's Day, this event is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion within organizations. Through high-quality conferences, panels, workshops and discussions, you will have the chance to discover the best practices promoted by companies from different industries.

What are the most effective strategies for attracting and retaining top talent and supporting their development? How should you guide their career development in the workplace? What role can leaders play in fostering an inclusive culture? Which communication strategies should you use? These are only some of the questions that will be discussed at the Forum.

During the day, we will welcome leaders of major organizations, including BASF Canada, Bombardier, Desjardins, GSoft, Hydro-Québec, Pratt & Whitney Canada and many more.

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8:30 a.m. Greet participants

9:00 a.m. Words of welcome by Suzanne Benoît, President, Aéro Montréal

9:03 a.m. Remarks by Jean Boulet, Québec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity

9:08 a.m. Remarks by Monique Savoie, President, Founder and Artistic Director, Société des arts technologiques

9:10 a.m. Remarks by Kim Thúy, Writer and Author

9:25 a.m. Diversity in the Workplace: State of Play and Future Directions

Study conducted in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Tania Saba, BMO Chaired Professor of Diversity and Governance, Professor, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal

10:00 a.m. Diversity in Tech: Immediate Actions and Long-Term Vision

Cédric Orvoine, Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, Ubisoft Montréal

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Leadership that Champions Diversity and Inclusion

  • Houssam Alaouie, Director, Research & Development Programs and University Relations, CAE
  • Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada
  • Anne-Marie Hubert, Québec Managing Partner, EY Canada
  • Julie Sbeghen, Director, Generation Planning, Hydro-Québec
  • Panel and discussions moderated by Selena Lu, Attorney, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, and President of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Innovative Practices to Advance Diversity and Inclusion

  • Simon De Baene, Co-Founder and CEO, GSoft
  • Stéphane Lavoie, Executive and Programming Director, TOHU
  • Salwa Salek, Senior Director, Organizational Developpement and Employee Experience, Desjardins
  • Kevin Smith, Vice President, Human Resources, Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Panel and discussions moderated by Jean-Philippe Décarie, Business Columnist, La Presse


2:15 p.m. Inclusive Communications and Culture    

  • Marcella Cortellazzi, Head of Communication, Airbus A220
  • Donna Lahache, Director of Education, Ahkwesáhsne Mohawk Board of Education 
  • Alain Legault, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Société de transport de Montréal
  • Danielle Pitl, Senior Director, Brand Strategy and Internal Communications, Bombardier
  • Panel and discussions moderated by Dafina Savic, Co-Founder, UENA Agency


3:30 p.m. Closing Conference

Éric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer, Moment Factory                                        

4:00 p.m. Closing remarks by Kim Thúy, Writer and Author

4:05 p.m. End of the event

Register now! Limited seats available. Mark your calendar for this important event on March 8!