Big Ideas: Dialogue on Diversity: Setting the Stage for Business Growth and Innovation
December 05, 2011
Cities of Migration hosted an online conversation with Jane Allen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte (Toronto) to talk about why diversity is important and what organizations can do to successfully integrate skilled, internationally-trained workers and fuel economic growth. Interview host: Justin Treagus, CEO, OMEGA (Auckland, New Zealand)
Deloitte is a global leader in accountancy and audit and the second largest professional services network in the world. Deloitte Canada was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2011.
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Tips from our presenter:
1. Leadership buy-in
2. Create employee resource groups
3. Share lessons learned
Jane has a long history of tackling diversity issues. While at Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, she was seconded to the Ontario Women’s Directorate, a group established by the premier to focus on women’s issues. In 1992, as Assistant Dean for Executive Education at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Management, she co-founded of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Jane joined Deloitte’s Consulting practice in 1996, became a partner in 2001 and national leader for the firm’s Power & utilities sector in 2004. She was named Deloitte’s Chief Diversity Officer, the first role of its kind in Canada, in 2008.
Justin brings a range of experience in Leadership, Learning, Organisational Development and Change Management to OMEGA. He has led HR projects in six countries across Europe and Africa and understands the value in managing and leveraging diversity. As a member of a global Learning and Development leadership team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he developed and delivered induction and leadership development programmes aimed at maximising the benefits of diversity. He joined OMEGA as its Programme Director in January 2008, and has been responsible for its strategic direction, as well as developing the programme from inception to an independent organisation. In November 2009, OMEGA became an independent, not-for-profit organisation, and he was appointed CEO. He has been living in Auckland for the past 5 years and holds a BCom Honours from the University of Cape Town.
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