Frequently Asked Questions
Employment Equity Partners' Roundtable
“Beyond Culture: Bridging Gaps in Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion”
Who should attend? (Individual/Organizations)
Senior leaders and department heads across public and private sectors
Policy makers and executives responsible for diversity, inclusion, and employment equity
Human resources and talent management leaders
Employee resource groups
Designated Employment Equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority communities, immigrants, and members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities
Employers of organizations in an active recruitment phase
Newcomers and people with lived perspectives on employment equity
Youth and community leaders
Associations and people committed to bridging gaps in diversity, inclusion, and equity
People with limited or no prior knowledge/experience with equity issues.
Who should attend? (Sectors)
Researchers and consultants
Economic development agencies
Settlement sector leaders
Government (local/provincial/federal) decision-makers and policymakers
FAQs for External Communication
Q: What is the Employment Equity Partners’ Round Table?
A: Employment Equity Partnership (EEP) is a public-private sector partnership on data driven solutions to systemic racism and inequitable employment in Canada. EEP seeks to address longstanding issues of racism and gendered inequalities by engaging public and corporate-sector employers and larger non-profits to benchmark the diversity of their current workforce and codevelop pathways for engaging talent from equity-deserving groups. EEP is an initiative of The Inclusion Project (TIP), a social innovation network and resource hub for organizations, communities, and institutions engaged in knowledge development and practice, to further intersectional Accessibility, Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AREDI+). TIP has been engaged in building a robust system for assessing AREDI+ within organizations across Canada, through the Employment Equity Partnership program.
The inaugural Partners’ Roundtable, hosted in partnership with Excellence Canada and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, held as a three-day event in March 2021 on the theme, “Moving with the Data: Data-driven Solutions to Employment Equity”. The event brought together over 250 business leaders, activists, researchers, policymakers, community members, academics, and employers across Canada. Keynote presentations were delivered by the Honourable Ratna Omidvar (Senate of Canada) and the Honourable Janet Austin (Lt. Governor of British Columbia). The 2nd Partners’ Roundtable, hosted in partnership with the Global Centre for Pluralism, held as a three-day hybrid event in April 2022 on the theme, “Partnership for an Inclusive Future”. The event brought together over 200 participants, with a keynote presentation by the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada and closing keynote by the Honourable Salma Lakhani (Lt. Governor of Alberta).
Q: “Beyond Culture: bridging gaps in accessibility, equity & inclusion”?
A: The 2023 Employment Equity Partners’ Roundtable events will hold as regional dialogues to facilitate knowledge exchange and activation among employers, community leaders and key decision makers representing some of Canada’s foremost organizations and institutions, in two regions of the country: Vancouver (British Columbia), and Toronto, (Ontario).
This year’s regional events will take a community-informed and industry-focused approach to knowledge co-creation, as we work toward a shared framework for employment equity in Canada.
Q: Who are our partners?
A: The 2023 Employment Equity Partners’ Roundtable is co-hosted with CBC/Radio-Canada.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada's trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. For more information, please visit: http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/
Our regional partners:[RMR1]
Simon Fraser University (logo)
Aga Khan Museum (logo)
[RMR1]To be requested for both partners. Please note SFU will provide 3 logos:
1. SFU - logo & narrative
2. VP PEI Office - logo
3. SFU Public Square - logo
Q: What is the primary focus
of the roundtable?
A: Over 300 participants across the two regions will discuss imperatives for long term change and practical orientations for (re-)defining employment standards within Canadian workplaces. Roundtable discussions will focus on best practices for organizations and organizational leaders to collaborate on equitable employment outcomes for various groups. Discussions will capture a range of leadership perspectives, with clear calls to action on priorities for building equitable practices and ensuring accountability towards Indigenous, Black, people living with disabilities, and other various equity-deserving groups.
Q: How would I benefit?
A: You are taking an opportunity to collaborate with the key actors, decisionmakers and people with lived experience to champion the cause of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canada. You will also be collaborating and sharing insights to contribute toward equitable employment standards for Canadians, and working toward meaningful and lasting change for diverse groups in Canada.
Q: When and where is it held?
A: The 2023 Employment Equity Partners’ Roundtable will hold as regional conversations in K’emk’emeláy (Vancouver), British Columbia and Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario. The Vancouver event will hold on Tuesday, May 9th at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (Simon Fraser University) from 9am to 4pm PST. The Toronto event will hold on Thursday, June 8th at the Aga Khan Museum from 11am to 5pm EST.
To accommodate attendees outside of the Vancouver and Toronto regions, the in-person events will broadcast online via Zoom.
Please see Event page for more details.
Q: What form of registration is available for the event(s)?
A: In-person (and virtual) events require a great deal of staff time for preparation, communication, engagement, communication development and design, catering, and technical arrangements, such as access to digital platforms. We offer flexible ticket rates for corporate registration and group bookings for organizations.
As part of our commitment to ensuring access for different equity-deserving groups, including various Indigenous communities, newcomers, youth and smaller non-profit organizations, we will seek corporate support and sponsorship, through group tickets sales and sale of tables to cover event costs.
Group and corporate registration:
table for 3 at $1000
table for 5 at $1500
table for 10 at $2500
Each group ticket covers one in-person participation, and optional virtual attendance for the second event. For tables at each event (in Vancouver & Toronto), separate costing will apply, e.g., table for 3 (Vancouver) = $1,000; table for 3 (Toronto) = $1,000; in-person participation with tables at both events = $2,000 for each table for 3, i.e., 6 in total for Vancouver & Toronto.
For more information about group tickets or sponsorship support to cover community participation, please contact: email@example.com
Q: What is included in the corporate/group registration fee?
Participation at Roundtable sessions for one of the two events;
Access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, curated thematic content, and roundtable discussions;
Network with AREDI experts from the region and across Canada;
Luncheon and coffee on event days;
Access to roundtable recordings for a limited period.
Q: Can I register to attend one or both events?
A: You can register to attend the event in the city closest to you, i.e., Vancouver or Toronto. We also welcome participants who are able to attend both events. There will be no travel support or assistance provided.
For specific registration details, please reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What are my options if I miss the event?
A: If you purchased a ticket and missed the event – you will be provided with the link to access recordings for a limited time.
Q: How can I register for the roundtable?
A: Register for the Employment Equity Partners’ Round Table 2023 by visiting the Event page or by visiting the registration page for deadlines, rates and other registration information.
Q: What is the language medium?
A: The roundtable will be conducted primarily in English. Interpretation will be made available in French.
Q: Whom should I contact for technical issues?
A: Please send to email@example.com
Q: Will you have ASL interpretation and captioning?
A: There will be ASL interpretation and close captioning for online participants.
Q: Will you record the sessions and send to participants post-event?
A: Sessions will be recorded, and links will be shared with registered participants for a limited time.
Q: How can I sponsor the event?
A: Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Who qualifies as a partner?
A: Any registered organization in Canada with aligned vision and objectives on advancing equity and inclusion through collaboration.
Q: How can I partner with TIP?
A: Please mail to email@example.com for partnership opportunities.
Q: Can I volunteer?
A: To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about volunteer roles, including facilitation, research and technical support, will be provided.
Q: Will you provide receipt for payment?
A: Once organizations purchase the ticket, they will receive a confirmation email about the details of their purchase.
Q: My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact?
A: Please contact email@example.com for assistance.