2021 Keynotes

Opening Keynote

May 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Instructor and Faculty Advisor in the School of Education, Instructor in Psychology, and Senior Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching, Trent University


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Everyday Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty

The events of the last year have been an incredible test of our resilience. Our existence has been stripped down to the essentials. We are in a global fight to protect and manage our health. This global crisis will change the world forever, and each of us will inevitably be transformed by the experience. As with all seasons and events of challenge, how we respond is crucial. In this remote learning event, I will present my work on resiliency that includes the five core competencies from a global perspective. I will discuss how to best navigate personal and professional resiliency in times of uncertainty through stress performance, and life-with-work balance. The information is researched informed, readily available, and is grounded in wise practices. My aim is to facilitate knowledge mobilization that is relatable, accessible, sustainable, and realistic. The information presented here may not be radical, but it is ultimately practical for the everyday resiliency we all need right now.

RHD BookCover1 663x1024Attendees of this session will receive a free copy of the book Calm Within the Storm by Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe. NOTE: There is no guarantee of receiving the book for late registrations based on quantity limits.

Closing Keynote

June 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Hadiya Roderique
Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer


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Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Based on her personal story as a corporate lawyer, Dr. Hadiya Roderique discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on race, gender, and intersectionality.

She addresses common arguments against diversity and inclusion and counters them. As a researcher at the University of Toronto, Roderique’s talks are informed by data and a strong familiarity with and grasp of the literature on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Hadiya Roderique, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Dr. Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, "Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the accompanying video watched more than 250,000 times, Roderique’s think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

A graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, Roderique is a researcher, consultant, broadcast commentator, and former podcast host. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, the National Post, Chatelaine, and Maclean’s. She also holds an M.A. in Criminology, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. As a researcher, she broadly examines how race, gender, and parenthood shape perceptions and relationships in the workplace.

In 2018, Roderique was named one of Canadian Lawyers' 25 Most Influential Lawyers, and she was recognized with the Rising Star award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.