December 2022

Race and Ethnicity in Canada

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Date: Monday, December 5, 2022
Time: 8:50 AM–9:00 AM Pacific Time: Login
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific Time: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Roy Pogorzelski
Associate, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Akira De Carlos (they/them/theirs)
Specialist, IDEA Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Basma Sheikh (she/her/hers)
Specialist, IDEA Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Credit: Eligible for 2 CE Hour(s) of Ethical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $99.00 + GST = $103.95 until Nov 7, 2022

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $119.00 + GST = $124.95

Non-Registrant Price: $119.00 + GST = $124.95

Student Price: $99.00 + GST = $103.95
The Building an Inclusive Workplace Series
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This session examines the impact of race and ethnicity in Canada and provides the learner with suggestions on how to address racism at an organizational level. This is done by unpacking terminology, breaking down the social construct of race and manifestations of racism, and understanding the social and organizational impacts of racism. This session will also analyze strategies on how to build anti-racist workplaces.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between race, ethnicity, and nationality.
  • Create a safe/brave space to have conversations about race.
  • Evaluate and call in or call out racist practices, behaviours, and language.
  • Apply principles and strategies to move from not racist into anti-racist workplaces.

The Building an Inclusive Workplace Series

The Building an Inclusive Workplace Series is comprised of 5 individual webinars that will discuss the importance of creating an inclusive environment and address inequities faced in the workplace. These webinars will provide registrants with a deeper understanding of systemic issues faced by equity-seeking groups and provide tools and strategies to support an inclusive environment. Registrants who attend all 5 webinars will be granted a certificate from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).

The series is made up of the following webinars:


Roy Pogorzelski

Associate, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Roy Pogorzelski is Métis from Saskatchewan and his family comes from the communities of Green Lake, Meadow Lake and Batoche in the north. He was also selected to represent UNESCO Canada at the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination (ICCAR) for meetings on inclusion in cities in Nairobi Kenya. In 2016, Roy received a Human Rights Champion Award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Human Justice from the University of Regina and a Masters of Science in Cultures and Development Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium.

Akira De Carlos (they/them/their)

Specialist, IDEA Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Akira De Carlos is a Queer Afro-Indigenous facilitator originally from Luanda, Angola. Throughout their undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and at the beginning of their time at Concordia University, their facilitation work primarily focused on providing accessible education to racialized minorities on the intersecting topics of environmental justice. They are an experienced panel moderator on youth mobilizing, climate justice and anti-Black racism, who has mobilized for affordable housing and food insecurity.

Within their work for several NGO’s, they’ve collaborated on many projects focusing on implementing an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens to organizational objectives and practices.

Basma Sheikh (she/her/hers)

Specialist, IDEA Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Basma has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and later pursued a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has facilitated numerous programs and workshops both in-person and on virtual platforms with up to 150 participants.

While working with diverse populations, specifically newcomers to Canada, Basma learned that there is ample room for improvement for workplaces to be more diverse and inclusive. She learned that there are everyday struggles that are faced by individuals which range from lack of diversity in the workplace to racism.

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