Picture this. A region where our world-class diversity is not only celebrated, but valued to its full potential. A region where city-building approaches are designed for and considerate of all residents. A region where all corners are thriving because of our diversity, not in spite of it. A region where the future is inclusive because it is affordable, resilient, and informed. This is the region we want to live in – are you in?
New census data says a majority of Toronto residents identify as visible minorities. The reality is that not everyone feels included. On November 3, 2017, over 150 emerging leaders came together at #ELNstudio3D to take a closer look at the role inclusion plays in city-building and how we can shape a better region for everyone.
In advance of ELNstudio 3D, the CivicAction Leadership Foundation conducted a survey to better understand how emerging leaders feel when it comes to inclusion. The results were eye-opening. Nearly half of respondents (45%) said they had experienced racism and/or discrimination in the past year. Another 45% also felt they had to change something about their identity in order to fit in.
Energetic ELNers, supported by the powerful words and perspectives of a diverse group of experts, took on three key issues: affordable housing, economic opportunity, and the collection and sharing of information. From an all-star panel of bright minds discussing the road to inclusion, to insightful and action-oriented solutions workshops, the day was truly focused on creating a better, stronger region.
See a summary of our survey data below and catch up on what happened with our Twitter moment. Over the next few weeks, stay tuned as we share more.
State of Our Region: If Diversity Is The Name of the Game, Toronto’s Not Playing Fair
In advance of ELNstudio 3D, the CivicAction Leadership Foundation and Environics Research conducted a survey to better understand how emerging leaders feel about building a more inclusive region, and to find out what they think of specific issues. What we found tells us we have more work to do. Click here to download the PDF of the data summary below.
Keynotes and Honorary Speakers
Policy and Program AnalystMinistry of Children and Youth
President and CEO - TD Ameritrade; CivicAction Board MemberBoard Chair - CivicAction Leadership Foundation
Former ChiefMississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation
2016 - 2017 ELN Co-Chair, Executive DirectorPeacebuilders International (Canada)
Chief Executive Officer and Board SecretaryCivicAction & CivicAction Leadership Foundation
Morning Show Host, G87FM Radio; In Arena HostToronto Raptors
2011 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow and 2016 - 2017 ELN Co-Chair; Regional Sales Manager, Sales SolutionsLinkedIn Canada
Plenary Discussion: The Road to Inclusion
While we are a nation that prides ourselves in our diversity, we aren’t without our challenges and the world is watching how we address issues of diversity and inclusion. This facilitated panel discussion will seek to look at Canada’s role as a leader in diversity and inclusion and the role of rising leaders in moving this conversation forward. Panelists will draw upon topics/themes such as what inclusion means in practise, how we get there, the urgency of this topic and what inclusive leadership looks like.
AnchorGlobal TV News
Founder and CEOCanadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Director of ResearchRBC
Executive DirectorPride Toronto
Whose story is it anyway - Decoding the collection and sharing of information
This breakout session will provide an in-depth look at how the information that is shared, including data, stories and news, plays a role in inclusive decision making. While information can lift voices that are often silenced and lead to decisions that are inclusive, too often the narratives that are told further marginalize communities and people. We will aim to unpack just how deeply information can impact lives.
2017 DiverseCity Fellow; Capacity Building Specialist, Youth Opportunities FundOntario Trillium Foundation
Assistant Editor, Features, The Globe and Mail; Editor-in-chief and co-founderEthnic Aisle
Journalist and Human Rights Advocate
HeadOpen Data Institute Toronto
Beyond Backyards and Balconies - Decoding Affordable Housing
How does our current housing landscape impact the vitality and prosperity of diverse communities across the GTHA? Decoding Affording Housing will provide cross-sectoral, inclusive look at the current GTHA housing landscape and will provide a nuanced understanding of how this challenge plays out in different communities and amongst diverse demographics.
Editor in ChiefToronto Sun
Chief Executive OfficerToronto Foundation
Order of Canada Recipient; Author; Co-chair,Toronto Police Board Mental Health Sub-Committee
Visual ArtistTouch of Gold Creative
Vice President of DevelopmentDiamond Corp
Flipping the coin - Decoding Economic Opportunity
This breakout session will look at which demographics currently face the greatest barriers to achieving economic prosperity, what these barriers are and innovative ways to address these barriers. Register for this breakout session to unpack the importance of equal economic opportunity in order build a resilient and inclusive future.
Vice President, Consultation and EngagementEnvironics Research Group
Case Counsellor SpecialistWoodGreen Community Services
Special AdvisorRBC; and Chair of CivicAction’s Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers
Executive DirectorCEE Centre for Young Black Professionals
CivicAction Board Member; President and CEOUnited Way Toronto & York Region
ELNstudio 3D Supporters:
Thank you to our Event Partners: Kilmer Van Nostrand Co.Limited and the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario; and our Event Host: The Ismaili Centre – Toronto.