Speaker Series - calgary

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Why is this a Priority in Canada & What is Happening?

Event Details:

Diversity in the workplace and on corporate boards is a strategic advantage, as it allows different viewpoints. When hiring and recognizing a wide variety of backgrounds, this sets an example, not only for Canadian business, but also for society as a whole.
Learn from our panel on how the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada and Canadian business.


7:00 – Registration & Networking

7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast, Networking & Panel Discussion

9:00 – Breakfast Concludes

9:00 – 9:30 – Optional Networking


Anila Umar Lee Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers

Anila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers. She has 22 years of experience in the settlement sector. Beyond traditional settlement services, Anila has spearheaded programming to include volunteer-led refugee supports; indigenous integration for newcomers; LGBTQ+, domestic violence, homeless and mental health support services and broadened vulnerable youth programming and social venture opportunities.

She is also the settlement representative on the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP) and is the Vice Chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA).

Anila holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and is a featured author in the International Museum of Women’s anthology Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women and the recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for her work advocating for the rights of immigrant and minority women and children in Canada. In 2017 she was honoured with receiving the University of Calgary Alumni Award and Top 40 Under 40 designation.

Kerilee Snatenchuk, Director, People & Culture, ATB Financial

Kerilee is a Director of People & Culture at ATB Financial. As a previous manager of Marketing and Communications at ATB, her transition to this role started with a question “Who could create and spearhead ATB’s wellness and inclusion mandate?” As a person who understood ATB’s culture from the ground up, with extensive experience in the company, a passion for wellness, and a healthy curiosity to learn more about inclusion and diversity, she realized she could be a great fit for this role.

Fast forward five years and Kerilee has developed and implemented foundational strategies around physical and mental health, as well as diversity and inclusion at ATB. She has certification in mental health leadership, indigenous awareness and agile product ownership. She has also had the opportunity to speak at the International Association of Business Communicators Global Conference on communicating I&D in organizations along with being a workplace mental health panel expert at various mental health conferences. As she continues to build on the necessary tools and processes to expand on those strategies, the ultimate goal is to ensure that each team member achieves a holistic view of their wellness and is able to bring their true selves to an inclusive work environment everyday. In turn, this environment creates a space for team members to deliver their most outstanding work.


Trudy Lawson, Vice President, Equipment Financing, Commercial Markets, Alberta and the Territories, RBC

As Vice President, Equipment Financing for RBC in Alberta and the Territories, Trudy leads a team of professionals providing best-in-class specialized financing solutions and superior advice for commercial clients.

Trudy has 30 years of experience with RBC in banking and business management. During her time at RBC, Trudy has progressed through a variety of leadership roles including Branch Manager, Regional Sales Advisor, Commercial Account Manager and her current role as Vice President Equipment Financing. Trudy has expertise in sales, financial management, commercial banking, leadership and coaching.

Trudy takes pride in volunteering and participating in her community. Her passion for women and children include leading several different initiatives including Day of Service Grants to support Calgary Dream Centre – Recovery for Women and the Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society. Trudy was instrumental in developing and leading a strategy specific to women in the Alberta and Territories market. As Co-Chair of this employee led resource group she is leading and empowering both men & women towards a workplace and culture that empowers and enables women to achieve personal and professional fulfillment.

Trudy started her RBC career in her hometown of Vancouver, together with her family relocated to Calgary 19 years ago. Outside of work, she enjoys running an elite baseball organization with her husband, watching her two sons Trent, 20 and Cory, 17 play baseball and of course spending time golfing and relaxing with family & friends. www.linkedin.com/in/trudy-lawson-0a8a9155


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320 4th Avenue SW,
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September 21, 2018
7:00 am - 9:30 am
Calgary, AB