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INVESTING IN INCLUSION: An Interactive Seminar

Mental Health and Wellness

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00pm

Location: Ryerson University, Heaslip House, 7th Floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Registration Page - Cost $30 (taxes included)

Reflecting the demographics of the City of Toronto, Ryerson hosts one of Canada’s most diverse student populations. Our students have differing identities and belong to a variety of communities.

“Investing in Inclusion” is an interactive seminar series for organizations looking to engage in dialogue and re-imagine their strategies of recruitment and retention for  diverse communities. The panel will bring together recognized leaders in workplace mental health to share success stories, challenges and things to consider when embarking on your organization’s own ‘journey of inclusion’.

Businesses that are Investing in Inclusion find it easier to fill skill gaps, experience enhanced employee engagement, increased retention and develop a positive public image. Many of our country's most desirable and successful organizations are those who prioritize diversity and inclusion for all peoples.

Ryerson Career Centre’s Investing in Inclusion series is hosting its third installment, focusing on Mental Health and Resilience. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada one in three disability claims are related to mental health, costing Canadian businesses over $6.6 billion annually. While the numbers are daunting the solutions do not have to be.

We invite you to attend, learn and engage in the discussion around creating actively inclusive spaces for current and prospective staff who are on a journey with mental health. Hear from industry leaders in this area and engage in idea development and sharing.

Investing in Inclusion - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Time Session
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am Career Centre Welcome and Keynote Introduction
9:15 am - 9:45 am



Melanie McGregor

Communications and Advancement Specialist

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Halton Branch


Denis Olivier

Community Mental Health and Addications Educator

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Halton Branch

9:45 am - 9:55 am Break
9:55 am - 11:00 am

Profile Organization Presentations


Hali Farah

Diversity and Inclusion Talent Sourcing Specialist



Jessica Ridgewell

Employment Equity/ Women's Advocate Representative

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada, Unifor Local 1285


Rachel Koffman

Senior Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion



Seher Shafiq

Project Manager - Mental Health in the Workplace

Civic Action

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Networking

For more information or for questions contact Jean-Pierre Fernandes at

Registration page:

Cost: $30 (taxes included)

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