Speaker Series - vancouver

After #MeToo

Discussing the Ripple Effects in Corporate Canada

Event Details:

The #metoo campaign has facilitated the narrative around violence against women, with experiences being shared from personal and professional lives of women around the world. Naming the #metoo movement was just the beginning; we now need to be advocates in our corporate communities.

Join us to explore some of the many questions and themes which have emerged recently in the workplace, as a result of the #metoo movement. We must continue these discussions, opening up an inclusive space to address the opportunities and challenges associated with moving ‘beyond the hashtag’ to bring about real change.  Learn about the critical tools and steps to build cultures where everyone feels safe and empowered.

Learning Objective:

  • Learn about the critical tools and steps to build cultures where everyone feels safe and empowered


8:00 am – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion

10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking


Diana Bartolic
Associate Partner, Talent, Deloitte Canada

Diana Bartolic portraitDiana is an Associate Partner of Talent (HR) responsible for Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Employee Experience at Deloitte Canada. A Talent leader with over 25 years’ experience in human resources and executive support, Diana is passionate about helping organizations be their best. With a strong track record of developing high performance teams, Diana is recognized as a valued business partner who strives to deliver a distinct talent experience to our people, and helps position Deloitte to be the number one choice for people to develop their careers. Highlights of her personal career include delivering the 2010 Vancouver Olympics employee experience, leading the 2016 Talent Acquisition re-design, and being a member of the Talent Executive Team.

Natasha Tony
President and CEO, Elevate Inclusive Strategies

Natasha Tony portrait

Natasha Tony is a trained mediator and experienced labour relations specialist who has advanced the discussion on how to build inclusive organizations. Bringing a keen sense of fairness and sensitivity to intersectionality, she goes beyond diversity programming and sets up organizations for true inclusion of and respect for all members.

A graduate of the Labour Relations certificate program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Natasha has rounded out her education through mediation, negotiation and coaching programs offered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Natasha’s former career as an extras casting director piqued her interest in diversity. Subsequently, she held a labour relations role for almost a decade with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), a union representing members of the film, television, and entertainment arts.

Natasha is Principal and CEO of Elevate Inclusion Strategies, a consulting company which focuses on issues management and systemic conflict resolution. To this end, Elevate develops and implements diversity initiatives and respectful workplace programs for client organizations.

Elevate Inclusion Strategies delivers services to its clients in two main categories: Issues Management and Culture Shift. Specializing in workplace restoration, Elevate conducts investigations, particularly pertaining to bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment. For its client organizations Elevate also tailors workshops and master classes geared towards leaders, trainers, and staff on themes relating to respectful workplaces and building inclusive organizations.

Natasha is a much sought-after speaker and author in the post- “Me Too” public sphere. A thought leader on themes of activism, equity and inclusion, she is often invited to provide interpretative commentary on current events.

Diego G. Venegas
CIA, CFE, Director, Internal Audits and Ethics, Goldcorp Inc.

Diego Venegas portraitDiego Venegas is Director, Internal Audit and Ethics for Goldcorp Inc. In addition to his Internal Audit responsibilities, in his role, Mr. Venegas is responsible for promoting the company’s Code of Conduct, driving the organization’s Respect in the Workplace Program, managing the whistleblower reporting hotline, and leading the company’s Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption efforts.

Since the creation of the Ethics and Compliance function at Goldcorp, significant progress has been achieved in fields such as anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance, third party risk management and ethical leadership and awareness. Over the past 12 years Mr. Venegas has traveled extensively and worked in various cultural settings and jurisdictions such as Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Peru. This international exposure has allowed Mr. Venegas to leverage of cultural differences as a key design component of his work. Mr. Venegas’ internal audit and fraud examination background has allowed for the implementation of a full cycle of compliance.

Mr. Venegas actively participated in the enhancement of Goldcorp’s Respect in the Workplace program in 2018 which encompassed the revision and improvement of global policies and protocols around this important topic, the development and roll-out of structured training at corporate offices and operating sites and further enhancing the company’s internal capacity to effectively manage respect in the workplace incidents through specialized training on conducting workplace investigations to key functions throughout the business.

Shana Wolch
Partner, Labour and Employment, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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Shana Wolch is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault Labour and Employment Group in Calgary and participates in their National Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. She assists clients with their day-to-day human resources matters and her specific areas of practice include occupational health and safety; alcohol and drug matters, including cannabis (from medicinal to recreational); mergers and acquisitions; privacy; workers’ compensation; human rights; and labour.


Michelle Penney
President, Michelle Penney Coaching & Consulting

Michelle Penney portraitMichelle is a best practice pollinator who is known for facilitating engaging discussions among diverse audiences. For the past 20 years she has led a hybrid career as an entrepreneur and a Senior Manager providing strategy, project and customer experience expertise across a broad range of industries. These include the Olympics, arts, events, education, technology and finance.

Today, Michelle runs a global coaching and consulting practice and is a member of the integrated health team provide Stein Executive Health. Her focus is bringing people and presence to the forefront of leadership and she specializes in helping individuals and teams expand their leadership potential. Recent training workshops include: Customer Experience: A Shift in Perspective and Navigate Your Exit.

Michelle received her MBA and Global Certificate in Strategy from Simon Fraser University, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Michelle is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program with CTI (Co-Active Training Institute) in California. She is a two-time Boston Marathon competitor, enjoys travelling with her husband JP.


Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia Street
Bowden Room
Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

Silver Partners:

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March 26, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Vancouver, BC