As organizations commit to creating more inclusive environments and reaching out to wider, more diverse audiences, their communications departments must grow their expertise. Join IABC Ottawa for a panel discussion on what communications professionals can do to enhance their knowledge and advance gender equality, diversity and inclusion efforts – both within and outside their organizations. The event will feature a panel moderated by Alison Gareau, IABC Ottawa VP Membership, Senior Manager, Advocacy Communications at Plan International Canada, and Benoit Laplante, IABC Ottawa VP Membership and Program Manager, Strategic Communications & Change at Royal Canadian Mint.

When: April 30, 2019 – 5:30 to 8pm

Where: Le Germain Hotel Ottawa, 30 Daly Ave, Conservatory Room, 2nd Floor

IABC Ottawa has enlisted a panel of esteemed experts to share their experiences and best practices.

Shari Graydon

Shari Graydon is founder and catalyst at Informed Opinions, a national non-profit that aims to bridge the gender gap in Canadian media. Shari has trained and motivated more than 2,500 expert women across the country to write commentary and say “yes” to media interviews. Informed Opinions’ online database of female experts now features 900 of these to make it easier for journalists to find qualified diverse sources. In collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Informed Opinions recently launched the Gender Gap Tracker to monitor and draw public and media attention to the persistent gender gap Canadian news media, and encourage greater accountability.


Sheila James

Sheila is an equity and diversity specialist, award-winning writer and multi-disciplinary artist, educator and cultural worker. She’s a respected leader and expert facilitator who develops innovative programs, implements effective strategies and presents nationally and internationally on inclusive practices and diverse participation in business, government and not-for-profit sectors. She brings international perspective as she influences, inspires and motivates teams to collaborate, excel and achieve equity and diversity goals. Sheila James led the Equity Office at the Canada Council for the Arts from 2007-2017, where she was later appointed Senior Strategic Advisor, Equity and more recently, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at the City of Ottawa.


Jasmine Qi

Jasmine Qi joined Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization in 2015. Over the years she has held several roles and currently is the Team Lead of Community Economic Development department at OCISO. Jasmine immigrated to Canada in 2010 from Beijing, China, with extensive experience in project management and human resources management focus on patent management and employee engagement. She works with diverse group of people in Canada for over seven years to raise the public’s awareness of diversity and inclusion and address businesses’ talent shortage with great passion and enthusiasm to build an inclusive community where everyone belongs to.

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