Session C, April 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Practice Guidance for Professionals and Organizations

Session Chairs:  Kristina Anderson, P.Geo. and Neera Sundaralingam, GIT

A moderated Q & A will follow after the panel presentations.

Presentation 1: Overview of PGO’s Draft Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Professional Practice Guideline

Speaker:  Jocelyn Peltier-Huntley, M.Sc, P.Eng., 
Principal and Founder, Prairie Catalyst Consulting - SEE SPEAKER'S BIO

As the regulator of the geoscience profession, the PGO recognizes that it serves an essential role in encouraging and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the profession. In a 2021-member survey, PGO members shared their desire to have an EDI professional practice guideline (PPG). Prairie Catalyst Consulting supported PPG’s Diversity and Inclusion to develop an EDI PPG which will support geoscience professionals and geoscience organizations to take meaningful actions to foster EDI. This presentation will share an overview of EDI concepts, findings from the 2021-member survey, and outline why and how professionals and organizations can adopt a practice of inclusion and take meaningful action toward Truth and Reconciliation.

Presentation 2: Creating inclusive spaces for Indigenous Peoples in the STEM professions

Speaker:  Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., M.Sc.
Industrial Chair - Indigenous Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Alberta

The engineering and STEM professions have been growing in inclusive practice in order to ensure diversity. Work in this space, although initially growing out of labour market need, has rapidly progressed to be motivated by innovation improvement, profitability, social justice, and increased diverse employee retention. As a female, First Nations engineer who worked in the construction, mining, infrastructure, regulatory and now academia spaces, I have first hand experience of leading practice in building inclusive spaces and creation of a feeling of belonging. This talk will showcase some of these practices.

Presentation 3: Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) People First DEI Strategic Playbook

Speaker:  Darryl Gray
Director of Education and Training
Toronto Region Conservation Authority                                             

Speaker:  Natalie Blake
Chief Human Resources Officer
Toronto Region Conservation Authority                         


This pesentation provides an overview of TRCA's People First DEI Strategic Playbook and how it was developed and is being implemented, including lessons learned, key successes and next steps.

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