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Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Ethnically Diverse Business Professionals

This conference showcases the Ontario i2 Action Strategy report, a comprehensive gender-based assessment of Ontario small business, innovation and social enterprise organizations.

You’ll also learn about emerging practices to engage women-identified entrepreneurs, and participate in hands-on workshops to build a toolkit of diversity assessment resources.

Unable to attend, but still want to participate?
Our partners, Startup Canada, will be livestreaming the conference starting at 9:20 AM on Thursday, June 13, 2019.
Tune in either on Facebook or Twitter.

Who Should Attend?

The conference is targeted at entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem leaders, including CEOs, Executive Directors, Board Chairs, senior academics and managers of small business support organizations.

Conference Agenda

  • Registration & Networking
  • Employing Evidence-Based Insights to Drive i2 (Keynote, Dr. Barbara Orser)
    • This presentation highlights new insights about i2 from the status report on small business support for women entrepreneurs in Ontario.
  • Panel: Putting i2 Into Action (Moderator, Dr. Wendy Cukier)
    • Gain knowledge about the ways that Ontario practitioners employ i2 to engage diverse entrepreneurs and drive impact.
  • Breakouts: Tools & Resources to Support i2
    • A) Diversity Assessment Tool (DAT)
    • B) Gender-smart entrepreneurship education & training (G-ETT)
  • Lunch
  • Panel: i2 Changemakers 
    • Learn from Canadian thought leaders who are spearheading high impact initiatives to support women entrepreneurs in Ontario and around the world.
  • Breakouts: Enhancing i2 capacity
    • A) Leveraging supplier diversity
    • B) Building capacity among mainstream and women-focused organization
  • Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

About the Ontario Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy

The Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2)  Action Strategy is a joint initiative between the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership at the University of Ottawa, and the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. The Ontario i2 Action Strategy seeks to create the most inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world. Activities include a gender-based assessment of small business, innovation and social enterprise support organizations in Ontario, six regional workshops and the i2 capstone report.

The conference will be led by Dr. Barbara Orser (Professor, Telfer School of Management), Dr. Catherine Elliott (Professor, Telfer School of Management), and Dr. Wendy Cukier (Director, Ryerson Diversity Institute).


The conference will begin at 8:30AM and conclude at 4:30 PM. A continental breakfast, light lunch, and snacks will be served. 

Please RSVP by Thursday, June 6th, 2019 using the form below.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:30AM - 4:30PM
Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership
SunLife Financial Centre
99 Bank Street, Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6B9
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This event is free of charge.
For visitors at the Sunlife Financial Centre, paid valet parking is offered from Monday to Friday, 6:00AM - 9:00PM. Please check the SLFC website for current rates:
Please contact us by June 6, 2019 if you have any particular accessibility requirements.
Please see the list below for hotel accommodations a short distance from the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership. Please note that attendees travelling to attend the conference are responsible for booking accommodations individually.
The Alt Hotel Ottawa:
The Sheraton Hotel Ottawa:
The Marriott Hotel Ottawa:
RSVP deadline:
Monday, June 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m.

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