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Universum D&I Awards - Canada

Thursday 27th February, 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

CBC Toronto (250 Front St W)

Time to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion!

This February 27th, join us to celebrate the best of Diversity and Inclusion in Canada. This is a space to share experiences, best practices and honor the employers who were recognized as the most Diverse and Inclusive workplaces in the country.

Companies that embrace diversity and implement inclusive strategies from the top down are more innovative, more creative, are faster problem solvers, have better engagement rates, have lower turnover and are more effective at recruiting the talent they want.  

Join us at CBC in Toronto on Feb 27th to celebrate the best of Diversity and Inclusion in Canada

The Canadian Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize those companies perceived by student talent across Canada to be the most supportive, diverse and inclusive employers in the country.

The Canadian D & I Awards are based on the Universum student survey,  the largest and longest-running career interest survey in Canada and around the world with 1.7 million students participating globally across 58 countries each year. 

For the 2019 Canada edition, 23,000 students from more than 150 Canadian colleges and Universities were asked to rank 140 different employers on Universum’s Diversity & Inclusion Index.  These students provided detailed information on their career interests, their aspirations and their perceptions of each employer’s approach toward gender equality, diversity and inclusion and respect for its people.  

This breakfast event will include award presentations and informative guest speakers that will share their insight and best practices toward recruiting diversity and leading talent strategy in an evolving, diverse workplace.  This is a space to share experiences, best practices and honor the employers who were recognized as the most Diverse and Inclusive in the country.

Hosted in the CBC atrium on Front Street in Toronto this event will fill, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Who should attend?

Universum Awards ceremonies are typically attended by C-level Managers, senior government officials and ministers, media, Global CEO’s, CHRO’s, Heads of communications, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment, Marketing, Public Relations and Employer Brand leaders from Canada’s largest and most progressive employers. 



Registration & Reception


Breakfast and Networking


Highlights of Universum’s Global and Canadian D&I Research & the Canadian Talent Survey 2019


Awards Presentation – Part 1


Guest Speaker


Awards Presentation – Part 2


Closing remarks & End of Event


Camilla Sutton

Women in Capital Markets

Lessons from 25 years of driving change; high impact tools to accelerate diversity

Ayten Archer

Corporate Inclusion. Global Brand. The Business Case for Action.

Ayten (ACE) Archer is an award-winning Inclusion-Catalyst, business strategy professor-consultant, community leader and YogaMasterTM Trainer.
For over 30 years Archer has led innovative and progressive programs that have made huge strides toward creating more inclusive and respectful workplaces across 5 continents.
Program graduates representing North America’s diversity are recognized leaders in their industry verticals.

Marc Barrette

D&I at CBC/Radio-Canada

Marc Barrette

Barrette is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity and Inclusion at CBC/Radio-Canada.

For the last seven years, Marc and his team look after all recruitment activities across the country and work toward ensuring Canadians are reflected in the workforce of the organization.

A geek at heart, he likes to stay on top of new technology to make is life sometimes more complicated.

Nicholas Davis

D&I at CBC/Radio-Canada

Nicholas Davis

is an accomplished journalist and writer. He works in radio, television and print and has done so for the past 32 years covering everything from news to current affairs to the arts.

Nick is currently the Director of Engagement and Inclusion at CBC.  He is the former Manger of Program Development for CBC and the former Senior Producer of Toronto’s number one morning show, Metro Morning on CBC Radio One.

For the past 23 years Nick has worked at CBC as a reporter, producer, manager and now director. He has won many awards for his journalism, including a 2006 Gabriel for a story he did on Holly Jones.

Nick also coaches basketball at Sheridan College, where he has been an assistant coach since 1994 and he is a member of Basketball Canada’s National Coaching Pool.

CBC Main Atrium – 250 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G5, Canada

Any questions? Email our team

Jason Kipps
Managing Director, Canada

Lina Osorio
Marketing Manager, Americas