Why is bias so difficult to tackle? What interventions actually work? Commissioner Ward joins the 2023 HRPA Summit to speak to DEI and HR priorities

Commissioner Kadie Ward was pleased to attend the 2023 HR Summit, Annual Meeting and Tradeshow hosted by Human Resources Professionals Association to speak about the structural bias in the labour market as well as effective approaches for identifying and tackling implicit biases to drive better diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) outcomes in workplaces.

Delivering better DEI outcomes is a priority for HR professionals. DEI has been a “trend” within HR practice for many years. How did we get here? Why is bias so difficult to tackle? What interventions actually work? It’s going to take more than “re-writing the playbook” to correct the structural biases in the labour market. Implicit or hidden biases are automatic and unconscious tendencies that can perpetuate inequity and injustice in the labour market. Many well-intentioned and commonly used programs and interventions to reduce implicit bias have been ineffective at bringing about meaningful change.

Why is bias so difficult to tackle? What interventions actually work? Commissioner Ward joins the 2023 HRPA Summit to speak to DEI and HR priorities2023-06-19T20:52:58-05:00

The Impact of the Wage Gap on Canada’s Economy and Women-Identified Entrepreneurs, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) Panel Discussion

Commissioner Ward joined CanWCC with Janelle Benjamin the Founder & Chief Equity Officer of All Things Equitable Inc. , and and Allison Venditti, Founder of Moms at Work to discuss strategies for promoting equal pay, increasing access to capital, and and how pay equity impacts women-identifying entrepreneurs.

The impact of the gender wage gap on entrepreneurship makes it more difficult for women-identifying business owners to access the capital they need to start and grow their businesses. As the gender wage gap contributes to devaluing women’s work overall, women-identifying entrepreneurs earn, on average, 58% less than male entrepreneurs.

Moderated by Nancy Wilson, Founder and CEO of CanWCC, the panel explored:

  • The fundamental, philosophical issue of how we value men and women’s labour – if we don’t value their labour equally in traditional employment, there can be no reasonable expectation of equality/equity in other economic areas
  • Women-identified employees leaving the workforce to become entrepreneurs
  • How closing the gender wage gap can make a difference
  • What tools and resources are available to help Canadian businesses and business owners dismantle the wage gap.

The wage gap significantly impacts the economy and entrepreneurship for women-identifying business owners. Women make up half of the population and the labour force, and their economic contributions are essential to Canada’s economy. When women are paid less than men, it not only affects their personal financial well-being but also has a ripple effect on the economy as a whole.

The Impact of the Wage Gap on Canada’s Economy and Women-Identified Entrepreneurs, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) Panel Discussion2023-06-19T21:02:54-05:00

Women’s Worth: Challenging the status quo at the Dynamic Women Summit

Cutting across gender, race, and class while drawing from her own experiences, Kadie Ward, Commissioner and CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission, confronts the stereotypes about women at work.

Through an exploration of history, culture and workplace practices, Commissioner Ward demonstrated how gender “norms” were constructed and how they persist today. This insightful talk digs deeper into the meaning of “women’s worth” and the tools needed to question the status quo to define our relationships with work, family, and our communities.

Attendees developed a fresh perspective on the complexity of today’s social norms, explored the implications of reducing the gender wage gap and the value of all women, and were empowered to advance all women across their organization.

Women’s Worth: Challenging the status quo at the Dynamic Women Summit2023-06-19T21:02:36-05:00

Globe and Mail Women’s Collective Discussion on Women and STEM

Business leaders, including Commissioner Ward, gathered to have a roundtable discussion on the progress of gender inclusion and parity in the workplace, particularly women in STEM and how to attract and retain diverse talent.  After decades of mixed results, there is a growing awareness of the need to move beyond the basics and take bold steps to effect change. What actions and ideas will finally close the gender gap?

Canada’s tech sector and industries such as financial services and manufacturing are striving to attract and retain more women in fields such as cybersecurity, data analytics, engineering and IT. Men are four times as likely as women to work in the tech sector, according to a 2019 report by Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The stat is concerning given the rapid pace of digital and technology-related job growth due in part to the pandemic. This Idea Exchange will bring women in technology and STEM together to share their views and insights for a more representative workforce.

Globe and Mail Women’s Collective Discussion on Women and STEM2023-06-19T11:14:43-05:00

International Women’s Day and Leader Talks with Anne-Marie Pham featuring Commissioner Kadie Ward

Women have been undervalued in the workplace for almost a century and a half. On this edition of the Leader Talks with Anne-Marie Pham podcast, we are recognizing tomorrow’s International Women’s Day with the incredible Kadie Ward, MBA to discuss gender inequality in the workplace.

This episode is packed with some amazing insights into how women have been undervalued in work over the years, why legislation is essential in closing the gender wage gap, how gender diversity, equity, and inclusion create economic prosperity, and so much more!

Commissioner Ward also shared some tools for how to make a difference in these issues and tells us how we can play a role in her vision for an inclusive Canada.

To hear all this and more, tune in now! Available at your preferred podcast platform now or visit the link: https://hubs.la/Q01FBWFD0.

International Women’s Day and Leader Talks with Anne-Marie Pham featuring Commissioner Kadie Ward2023-06-19T21:03:33-05:00

67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)​

C​ommissioner Ward attended the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)​​ to discuss bringing women and other marginalized groups into technology. Adding diverse voices to this growing sector results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality.

67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)​2023-06-19T21:03:58-05:00

Globe & Mail’s Women’s Collective Idea Exchange

Commissioner Ward was excited to participate in the Globe & Mail’s Women’s Collective Idea Exchange session BIPOC Women at Work – Overcoming barriers to advancement. Women typically experience a longer and more circuitous rise to the C-suite than men, but these challenges are significantly amplified for Black women, Indigenous women and other women of colour. The session aimed to reflect on how organizations can increase BIPOC representation across leadership levels.​

Globe & Mail’s Women’s Collective Idea Exchange2023-06-19T21:04:27-05:00

Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce

Commissioner Ward was pleased to join the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce for an important discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Where it starts, a fireside chat to discuss pay equity and other inclusive practices in the workplace. ​

Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce2023-06-12T19:17:44-05:00

Catalyst Inc.​

Commissioner Ward was pleased to partner with Catalyst Inc.​ to raise awareness of Pay Equity, how we got here, and where we are going in the future of women’s work.​​​

Catalyst Inc.​2023-06-12T19:17:59-05:00
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