30 by 30 Employer Leadership Summit - Halifax

May 24, 2023 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Halifax Harbourfront Marriott

Register today for the Employer Leadership Summit

For all of us that struggle to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our businesses and want to tackle internal cultural challenges and EDI roadblocks head-on, Engineers Canada invites you to join us at this year’s 30 by 30 Employer Leadership Summit, May 24 in Halifax, NS.

Presented by Engineers Canada in partnership with Engineers Nova Scotia, the full-day event will bring together employers from across Canada for discussions on allyship and championing EDI in engineering workplaces.

This summit is for engineering business leaders to learn from each other and hear from experts on how you can be the voice of change in your company. Register today.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Time: 8:30am - 6:30pm AT
Location: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St., Halifax, NS 


Book your hotel accommodations by Friday, April 21, 2023, using this link to take advantage of a special conference rate. 



8:30-9:00: Welcoming remarks

9:00-10:00: Keynote address
Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Senior Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer, Queen's University

10:00-11:30: Allyship workshop with Jocelyn Peltier-Huntley
An allyship workshop that will teach participants relevant terminology, the case for EDI in the engineering profession, how to differentiate between systemic and individual bias, to identify proactive and reactive allyship actions, and to explain their roles and responsibilities in disrupting bias. 

11:30-12:30: Lunch

12:30-1:30: Keynote address with Angela James

1:30-1:40: Break with entertainment

1:45-2:45: CEO panel discussion
This session will feature a panel of C-suite executives from various engineering organizations. They will discuss the EDI and social justice work in which they engage, and the challenges and successes of these initiatives. The audience will be encouraged to recognize their responsibilities to catalyze and enact culture change.

2:45-3:00: Break with food

3:00-5:00: Workshop on employer experience
This interactive session will illustrate the nuances of intersectionality and the importance of this in implementing non-performative and transformational EDI actions. Throughout the session, attendees will establish a baseline of employer experiences in anti-oppression work and discuss accountability and responsibility in culture change. Through sharing knowledge, this session will allow participants to identify the common challenges and opportunities for collaboration.

5:00-6:00: Cocktails/networking event



Can't make it to the Summit?

Engineers Canada is also hosting three virtual conference sessions in the lead-up to the Employer Leadership Summit:

May 3, 2023: Seeking out EDI Expertise
Join us to discuss the process of writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for equity, diversity, and inclusion services! Our panel will share why EDI expertise is required in the engineering profession, what to look for in hiring an EDI consultant, what consultants wish their clients knew, and how to build meaningful relationships with service providers. Register

May 10, 2023: Guidelines for EDI
Join our speakers for a discussion of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board’s (CEQB) Guideline for Women’s Workplace Equity. Guidelines can be an important tool for sharing principles and practices. Through this panel you will learn about the urgency and importance of centering lived experience when creating toolkits, such as guidelines, for EDI practice, and the realities of “one-size-fits-all" EDI initiatives. Register 

May 17, 2023: Anti-violence in the workplace 
Engineers commit to safeguarding human life and welfare, which requires a recognition of injustices when they occur. During this session, we will be discussing workplace violence prevention: how to go beyond the legal framework to be an anti-violence and anti-harassment workplace. Topics will include myths around gender-based violence, what individuals can do to shift the culture of a workplace away from shame and silence, and resources that survivors can use to navigate often-inadequate systems. Register

Engineers Canada thanks Canada Life for sponsoring the 2023 30 by 30 Conference.