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INVESTING IN INCLUSION: Burnout and Work-Life Balance

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

DMZ - 10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor


Reflecting the demographics of the City of Toronto, Ryerson hosts one of Canada’s most diverse student populations. Through the richness of this diversity, we have come to acknowledge that this diversity can be a resource but also a barrier. Through Investing in Inclusion, we try to address the challenges diverse communities face. 

In addition to a diverse community, Ryerson hosts the DMZ, a tech start-up ranked #1 in the world. In partnership with the DMZ and InkBlot (a thriving business out of the DMZ), we bring you Investing in Inclusion: Burnout and Work-life Balance. 

According to Statistics Canada, 20% of Canadians will experience burnout at some point in their life, with almost 40% experiencing workplace stress. The cost of burnout to organizations can be in the billions. As organizations navigate a changing economy and require employees to be increasingly high performing, workplace burnout is especially prevalent now. While employees are faced with trying to balance their work life with their home life, employers need to be mindful of the signs of burnout. 

In addition to the financial costs, burnout leads to lower productivity, poor workplace morale, decreased output and can even lead to unsafe work practices. Investing in Inclusion will help organizations understand how to identify burnout, and understand what can be done about it. Do not miss this opportunity to hear what organizations, both small and large, are doing to ensure they are creating spaces for their employees to thrive. 

More about our partners:

The DMZ is a world-leading tech accelerator that helps high-potential startups grow and scale to world-class businesses. Since 2010, the DMZ has helped 422 startups raise over $625 million and foster more than 3,800 jobs.

Inkblot is revolutionizing mental health care by offering confidential and convenient support any time, any place. Inkkblot's Employee Mental Health Services create more positive and engaging workplaces and are utilized by forward-thinking organizations including DMZ, League, 500px, tucows and TribalScale.



Investing in Inclusion - Tuesday, October 8, 2019



8:30 am 

Registration / Light Breakfast

9:20 am  



Julie Sabine
CMO, Inkblot Technologies 


Cherry Rose Tan
Founder & CEO, For Founders by Founders

Hamza Khan
Managing Director, Student Life Network

Jason Tafler
CEO & Founder, Unyte

Sara Asalya
Graduate Student, OISE & Ryerson Employee

10:30 am


Andrea Baptiste

Former CEO, Benbria Corp. & Startup Ecosystem Leader, Amazon 

Andrew Dubowec
Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development, League

Lynda Polan
Senior Manager,  Employee Relations Services, KPMG

Natalie Roach, MEd

Mental Health Coordinator,
Ryerson University

11:30 am


For more information or questions contact Jean-Pierre Fernandes at


Registration page:

Cost: $40 (taxes included) 


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