Leading the Conversation

Diversity and Inclusion Training for Leaders

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The Greater Toronto Area is one of the most diverse regions in Canada. But if you want to serve diverse communities, you need to build a diverse and inclusive team. Do you know how to set the tone for inclusion in your organization?

Leading the Conversation is a comprehensive four-month training program for leaders. It offers ideas, tools and resources to help you build a diversity and inclusion strategy and create the conditions for your diverse workforce to succeed.


Gain HRPA credits!

You can earn  up to 11 credits for taking part.

Early Bird Offer

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Standard Price

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Non-profit rate

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2018 program dates and location

  • September 14th – full-day in-person workshop
  • October 12th – half-day in-person workshop
  • November 9th – webinar
  • December 7th – full-day in-person workshop

All in-person sessions will take place at the YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

Why choose Leading the Conversation?

This program is for you if you:

  • Work in a public sector organization.
  • Work in a for-profit or not-for-profit organization that values cross-sector collaboration.
  • Are a Senior Leader, responsible for strategy within your organization (e.g., Executive Director, HR Manager, or similar).



Leading the Conversation will help you:

  • Find and keep the best diverse talent.
  • Develop and implement a diversity and inclusion strategy for your organization.
  • Connect with other leaders who are working on similar challenges.

What do previous participants say about Leading the Conversation?

I have been able to share the knowledge I received in Leading the Conversation and guide our organization towards a more inclusive place for the provision of care. Awareness is the first step to change. Darrell Sewell, Participant, 2017

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

The learning has enforced the need to have a diversity and inclusion lens on all aspects of our work. We all need to feel valued and included – ensuring this is part of our culture will increase our success as an organization.

Tracey Macaulay, Participant, 2017

Manager, Talent Acquisition & Organization Development, The Regional Municipality of Durham

The real value of taking this type of training is that it provokes new ways of thinking about and approaching the work of our organization. It’s very eye-opening. Matthew Garrison, Participant, 2017

Director of Administration, Human Resources and IT, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

The program was an excellent opportunity to not only learn but also to network with other participants. It helped our organization learn about new approaches we could consider in building a strong, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture.

Marcel Badertscher, CHRE, Participant, 2015

Manager of Human Resources, Ontario College of Teachers

86 leaders from 73 organizations, including


The next Leading the Conversation training is coming in 2019! 

Be sure to check back here for details.