Speaker Series - toronto

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Recognizing and Unpacking Unconscious Bias

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While prejudice and discrimination remain pressing issues in workplaces around the world, the more elusive challenge facing many organizations is unconscious bias. This is not a new concept, so why have both public and private organizations struggled to address it? Learn the theories behind biases, and the tactics to limit their impact. We must challenge our existing beliefs. In doing so, we can outsmart our brains and make less-biased decisions, both in the workplace and in our social lives.


6:00 pm – 6:40 pm – Registration & Networking

6:40 pm – 8:00 pm – Cocktails, Discussion & Networking

8:00 pm – Cocktail Concludes

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Optional Networking


Tej Singh Hazra – Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for HSBC Bank Canada

Tej Singh Hazra portrait

With over thirteen years in the arena of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with enterprises such as IBM and HSBC, Tej has amassed both Regional and global experience addressing and embedding open minded leadership, intentional talent attraction, employee development/retention and establishing brand marketplace integrity.

Most recently, as the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for HSBC Bank Canada, his role was to enable the bank to compete locally and internationally by driving an intentional Diversity & Inclusion strategy aligned to business performance goals.

Integral to the strategy was successfully embedding Diversity & Inclusion as a business owned imperative, as opposed to a HR initiative.

His extensive knowledge and experience with the Employment Equity Act of 1995 saw HSBC recognized for three consecutive years by the Minister of Employment Social Development Canada for their outstanding commitment to Employment Equity.

Prior to joining HSBC, Tej was the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for IBM Canada, where he led IBM’s Global Emerging Issues Response Team – accountable for managing real-time global and regional issues, involving cultural, regulatory and faith based nuances in the company’s major and emerging markets.

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Tej graduated from The University of Huddersfield (UK) where he studied Computer Aided Engineering.

Tej immigrated to Canada with his spouse in 1996 where they now live raising their son.

Tara John – Head, Succession Planning and Leadership Staffing, BMO Financial Group

Tara John portraitTara John is the Head, Succession Planning and Leadership Staffing at BMO Financial Group.

Tara has spent 20 years in the financial services industry and has experience in both front line sales and human resources. She is a business-focused professional with a strong commitment to aligning the employee experience with the customer experience. Tara has worked in both Canada and the United States and during her tenure in HR she has been involved in M&A, risk & regulatory, HR strategy, organizational design, change management and learning and development. Throughout her career, Tara has built a reputation as an action-oriented individual with a clear focus on the development of human capital strategies which align to and enable the achievement of BMO’s business goals.

As Head, Succession Planning and Leadership Staffing, Tara is accountable for building and strengthening the leadership pipeline across BMO Financial Group while mitigating succession risk. Her role includes oversight of senior leadership staffing, leadership and succession planning, senior leader development and coaching, and board & governance leadership accountabilities.

Tara has an MBA from Dalhousie University and Honours BA in Business Management from the University of Toronto. Tara is currently on the Board for Access Living in Chicago and the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN).

Kristine Remedios – Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer, KPMG

Kristine Remedios portraitKristine Remedios is KPMG’s Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer for KPMG Canada, proudly leading the firm’s vision and strategy. Working closely with the Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity and Co-Chair with the CEO of the Executive Inclusion and Diversity Council for KPMG Canada.

With over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, Kristine has a deep understanding across the HR landscape and for the past 5 years leading the Inclusion and Diversity strategy for the firm. While at KPMG, Kristine has been involved in developing innovative strategies and partnerships focused on Women’s Initiatives, LGBT+ Initiatives, Inclusive Leadership, Unconscious Bias and Mental Health to name a few. Kristine earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, she has served on a not-for profit Board, completed her certification in Leading a Healthy Workplace through Queens University, Get on Board Governance Education program and Inclusive Leadership Training through Catalyst.  More recently, Kristine is a committee member of the Chief Inclusion Officer Forum for Ascend Canada and the Inclusion Advisory Committee for TRIEC.

Mayann Ziv – Founder & CEO, AccessNow

Maayan Ziv portrait

Maayan Ziv is an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur. Living with Muscular Dystrophy, Maayan is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible and inclusive world. In 2015, Maayan founded AccessNow, a digital platform that is mobilizing communities by mapping the accessibility of places and experiences worldwide. As the founder and CEO of AccessNow, Maayan is a regular in the media on topics such as accessibility, diversity and inclusion. Maayan is the proud recipient of the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities.

Maayan also acts as an advisor to the Government of Canada on disability and inclusion initiatives and sits on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Ryerson University.


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April 11, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Membershow details + $89.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $129.00 (CAD)