February 2023

Black Futures Month: Cultivating Safer Workplaces for Black Employees

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Tasha Booth at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 1:20 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time: Login
1:30 PM–2:30 PM Pacific Time: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Facilitator
Shelley-Anne Vidal (She/Her)
Facilitator, HRx

Shalyma Cambridge (She/Her)
Director of Client Solutions, HRx
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour(s) of Ethical Learning
Cost: Free
Contact: Tasha Booth | Professional Development Coordinator
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Engineers and Geoscientists BC is pleased to host this free webinar for registrants on "Black Futures Month: Cultivating Safer Workplaces for Black Employees".

Since the first person of African descent first arrived, in 1608, on the soil of what we now call Canada, the Black population in this country has grown to over 1.2 million people. This growth has not been without adversity and discrimination in both community and workplace environments. Recognising past, on-going, and systemic anti-Black racism embedded into institutions and accepted practices is a key step in building a different type of future - one that is equitable, empowering, and inclusive. As the end of the UN-declared International Decade for People of African Descent quickly approaches in 2024, this session is intended to support individual dialogue on how each of us can contribute to that future.

In this session, we will explore:

  • How anti-Black racism has been established within a Canadian context;
  • The impact it has on Black individuals, particularly within the workplace settings;
  • Concepts like the Black Tax and silent labour; and
  • Considerations for building safer environments where Black colleagues may often still be “the only”, “the first”, or one of “very few”.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is pleased to partner with HRx on this webinar where proceeds of this partnership will go to support Ethos Lab, a non-profit organization focused on supporting youth discover, explore, and develop through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) in a safe, accessible, anti-racist, and technology-forward space.


Shelley-Anne Vidal (She/Her)

Facilitator, HRx

Shelley is a professional educator, facilitator, advocate, and compassionate leader who approaches life with curiosity, kindness, and an open mind. She facilitates training in intercultural leadership, intercultural communication, and social justice (equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism). As someone who is passionate about community development and projects that connect people as well as amplify the voices and accomplishments of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). She is the co-founder of Kaiso Careers, a platform and training company that amplifies the voices and work of BIPOC people. Additionally, Shelley sits on the following boards, The Langara Faculty Association, the Black Business Association of BC (Advisory Board), as well as Sisters Leading Sisters (Advisory Board). She is also an active member of Black CAN (formerly Black Voters Matter) and recently completed work as a community advisory member to support the development of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Redress and Addressing Anti-Black Racism report.

Shelley earned a Master of Higher Education Administration and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Sociology. She completed a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma in Adult Education, a Career Development Practitioner Certificate, the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies (CIS) Program, and she is presently pursuing her Executive Coaching Certificate.


Shalyma Cambridge (She/Her)

Director of Client Solutions, HRx

Shalyma Cambridge is a coach, facilitator, and instructor, passionate about leadership, inclusion, and supporting diversity in organizations. She brings a deep understanding of complex organizations and over a decade of experience executing communication and change management strategies; developing and facilitating training; and coaching in a variety of settings. It is Shalyma’s belief that when a culture of authentic, inclusive, and bold leadership is encouraged, organizations and their people are inspired to be their best.

Working with established and emerging leaders across a variety of industries in both local and international organizations—Shalyma helps individuals communicate their values, forge real connections, and inspire others through confidence. She develops training and learning experiences that drive meaningful personal and organizational change.

Shalyma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Communications Management, certification as an Organizational Coach through the University of British Columbia, and is a certified Personality Dimension facilitator. Currently pursuing her master’s in organizational leadership, Shalyma is also a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Diversity and Inclusion Committee and co-leads the Vancouver Culture Collective Chapter which holds space to share learnings on transforming and building great cultures in the workplace.

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