Speaker Series - vancouver

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Recognizing and Unpacking Unconscious Bias

Event Details:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase the learners’ awareness of the concept of Unconscious Bias
  • Assist learners to recognize bias within themselves
  • Enable learners to recognize the impact of their personal bias on others
  • Ensure the learner understands bias is natural, but needs to be managed
  • Enable the learner to manage their own bias


8:00 am – 8:40 am – Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:40 am – 10:00 am – Panel Discussion

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


Alden Habacon
Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Workshop Facilitator, Public Speaker, Interculturalist

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Alden E. Habacon is one of Canada’s leading diversity and inclusion strategists and facilitators. He speaks worldwide and is well known in this field and highly regarded for his work around inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, intercultural training, and allyship. He specializes in training for male-dominated workplaces, such as tech, banking and tech, and works with leadership in a wide range of professions and sectors, including social services, various government agencies, the legal community, and the Vancouver Airport Authority.  He is currently leading an inclusion audit of BC’s digital media industry for DigiBC.

He is the Visiting Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at the University of Delaware and former-Director of Intercultural Understanding at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, he led the national diversity strategy for the CBC Television Network.


More speakers to follow.


Annalisa King
Corporate Director & Governance Committee Chair, Vancouver Airport Authority
Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee, Diversity 50

Annalisa King portrait

Annalisa King is the Chair of the Governance Committee for the Vancouver Airport Authority and also sits on three TSX public company boards, Saputo Inc., First Capital Realty Inc., and The North West Company Inc., as well as a private board, the Templeton Designer Outlet Centre Partnership.  She contributes as a member of the audit committees and two HR committees on her public boards.

Annalisa was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy Canada Ltd. From 2008 to 2016, Where she led the company’s finance and accounting departments and also carried responsibility for overseeing the Information Technology, Ecommerce Technology, Data security, Legal and Real Estate functions. An integral part of the development of Best Buy Canada’s strategic plans, she provided guidance around the achievement of the company’s vision and goals.

Recognized in 2012 as the British Columbia CFO of the Year by Business in Vancouver, Annalisa King is one of Canada’s most respected senior business executives.  She was inducted into the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame™ in 2010Her dedication to leadership has earned her a reputation as a dynamic business thought-leader in the areas of corporate finance and business transformation.

Prior to joining Best Buy Canada Ltd., Annalisa was the Senior Vice President of Business Transformation for Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto, and prior to that Vice President of finance for Maple Leaf Foods.


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

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October 3, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Vancouver, BC
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Membershow details + $75.00 (CAD)  
Non-Membershow details + $115.00 (CAD)