Agents of Change Agenda

Gender equality “does not mean that women and men should be treated exactly the same, but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female.”

– Michael Kaufman

On behalf of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), we would like you to join us for our Agents of Change 2019: We Rise By Lifting Others event at Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, in Toronto on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. This event will encourage, educate and explore the skills needed for becoming an Agent of Change.

Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

7:45–8:25 | Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:25–8:40 | Opening Remarks & Introduction

“Women in the workplace have big dreams. Imagine a gender balanced workplace, where women are properly supported and given opportunities to lead.” – Women Leadership Nation

8:40–9:25 | Keynote Address: The Power Behind a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

9:25–10:20 | Male Allies: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club

The best leaders let others know where they stand on complex issues. These panelists share a common commitment to creating equitable and inclusive workplaces, and they’re not afraid to stand up for it. Credibility is key for any leader trying to affecting change and gain buy-in. This panel of leaders will share how they  encouraged others to see the value in what they already know: diversity and inclusion matters, and is key for business success.

10:20–10:35 | Mid-morning Break

10:35–10:45 | Interactive Exercise

10:45–11:05 | Our numbers tell a story

Despite the considerable attention being paid to gender diversity and women’s representation in the workforce, consistent data on women in leadership roles in the electricity sector is scarce. In this segment, we will share compelling stories about what is creating these gaps through the data we’ve collected to help you gain insight and drive change in your organization.

11:05–11:45 | Views from the Top

What glass ceiling? Join this group of senior-level executives as they share their inspiring stories, having shattered the glass in a traditionally male dominated industry. Hear about their experiences, their challenges, and be inspired by how they have influenced, initiated, and impacted culture change while at the table.

11:45–12:15 | Lunch

12:15–12:45 | Keynote

Hear from White Ribbon,  the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. Since its inception in Toronto in 1991, The White Ribbon Campaign has spread to over 60 countries around the world. White Ribbon asks men to wear white ribbons as a sign of their pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

12:45–1:25 | Youth—The Future Agents of Change

It’s no secret that “kids these days” have grown up with a heightened awareness around social and identity issues. Our panel of engaged youth working in electricity will talk about their workplace gender diversity experiences, including challenges, opportunities, and what it means to them.

1:40–2:30 | Becoming an Agent of Change: From Talk to Action

Building a gender-inclusive workplace is a shared responsibility. Equipped with experience and knowledge, these panelists will dive deeper into the dialogue and actions that all participants can use to drive real change. Focusing on the practical steps and support that organizations and individuals can take, they will share the actual practices that have driven tangible results in their organizations and daily lives.

2:30–2:45 | Mid-Afternoon Coffee & Networking

2:45–3:30 | Keynote: Men, Business, and the Gender Equality Advantage

For too long we were told it was a battle of the sexes. For too long bringing equality between women and men to our workplaces, homes and communities seemed like a zero-sum game, with women winning and men losing. Even if this were true, supporting equality would be the right thing to do. But Michael Kaufman’s work with corporations, governments, the UN, and NGOs over the past thirty-five years has shown this just isn’t true—if we learn to manage it right. This talk, full of Michael’s celebrated stories and humour, shows what men will gain by supporting equality. It shows the advantages that come to businesses and public institutions that embrace gender equality. It looks at the importance of corporate responsibility and leadership on issues ranging from ending violence against women to supporting the social and workplace changes that allow women and men to find work-life balance and to support the new parenting roles that men are playing. It’s a fun and positive look of our own ideals of manhood that will give practical tools to leaders to bring into their own corporations…and lives.

3:30–3:50 | Diversity Starts with You

 He’s much too quiet, he wouldn’t be a good leader.

She’s much too bold, she wouldn’t be a good leader.

The problem with making assumptions about people, and we all do it, is that more often than not, they’re wrong. During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to anonymously share different aspects of their identity through a brief visual activity.  As a result of this interactive experience, we will have an opportunity too look at how diverse our identities really are, and consider how they influence the way we approach others. Diversity & Inclusion is not about ignoring our differences. It’s about embracing them! This is not always easy, but the reward is enhanced leadership skills and a better performance from your team. See for yourself.

3:50–3:55 | Conclusion