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Carolyn Lawrence, Leader, Gender Diversity & Inclusion at Deloitte Canada
Karen Craggs-Milne, Global Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Intersectionality Expert
Rachel Lauren Clark, Strategy Lead - Infrastructure, TD
Dauna Jones-Simmonds, President, DEJS (Diversity) Consulting

Across Corporate Canada, organizations are moving beyond proving the case for diversity & inclusion, to broad efforts to create change. But while current frameworks have helped attract increasingly diverse talent and add to a pipeline of potential leaders, many groups are still struggling to unlock opportunities for their advancement to higher ranks. With initiatives stalling, organizations are left asking: what will it take to finally move the dial?

It’s time to bring our authentic selves to the table.

As we move into a new era of advancement, the future of GD&I has evolved beyond a one-dimensional approach to championing individuals based on gender, race or sexuality. It’s time to widen the lens and tap into the understanding that multiple social identities – including class, marital status, age, etc. – overlap and intersect in dynamic ways to shape each individual. Only then can leaders truly relinquish labels and unconscious bias and reset the system to foster and advance diverse talent.

On May 29, we bring together a panel of thought leaders who are at the forefront of intersectionality in this country.


  • Carolyn Lawrence is the Leader, Gender Diversity & Inclusion at Deloitte Canada. Carolyn spearheads groundbreaking work in Diversity & Inclusion to support Deloitte's clients with their D&I strategy, programs, and tactics, to build more inclusive environments that attract and retain the best talent.


  • Rachel Lauren Clark, an award-winning Transgender Activist and Freelance Columnist who is currently the President of the Queer Liberals. An experienced IT professional, Rachel has held increasingly senior roles at Universal Music Group, Hyundai, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research before taking on the role of Strategy Lead of Infrastructure at TD Bank.

  • Karen Craggs-Milne was recognized by the White House as a Gender Equality ChangeMaker in 2016 and is considered an industry authority on global equality and intersectionality. From a third-party perspective, Karen can speak to the movement at large and why this shift in focus is critical for the success of Corporate Canada

  • Dauna Jones-Simmonds has extensive experience delivering strategic programs as a Human Resource "Diversity Executive". Born in St. Kitts she migrated to Canada over thirty-five years ago and has first-hand knowledge about the roadblocks and challenges encountered by new Canadians. Dauna is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for ACCES Employment, which focuses on assisting new Canadians who seek employment, and since 2008 she remains the only black female member on the Rotary Club of Toronto.

    Join us for a dynamic conversation of varying perspectives, and discover how an intersectional approach can realign your GD&I efforts.

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    May 29, 2018
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

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    Originally from Kenya, Karen is a White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (June 2016) and a Canadian Global Goodwill Ambassador (Jan 2018). With over 17 years global experience working across multiple sectors, she draws upon her wealth of practical experience and knowledge to enable organizations, programs and government policies to move towards transformative outcomes. Whether she is providing technical advice, doing community-based field work or training staff, Karen is a dynamic thought leader who has developed innovative and easy-to-use frameworks and tools to facilitate intersectional approaches to gender equality and inclusion. She is a key go-to person for organizations seeking to understand and implement Canada’s commitments to gender equality – domestically and internationally.

    In her role at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Karen leads on  the gender equality and inclusion portfolio across all AIMS initiatives and across a network of 10 entities (across South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda, Canada, UK and Germany). She has significantly impacted the work on Women in STEM in Africa by reframing the discussion to move beyond increasing the number of African women scientists. In 2015, Karen founded the ground breaking AIMS Women in STEM (AIMSWIS) Initiative – Africa’s first pan-African Agenda for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) to foster collaboration among key actors on game changing interventions designed to accelerate gender equality in STEM in Africa.

    Prior to AIMS, Karen worked at Plan International Canada where she led and managed the organization’s rapidly growing gender equality portfolio and established a Gender Unit. Her contributions were instrumental in positioning Plan Canada as an international leader in gender equality and children’s rights. Karen’s initiatives were innovative and bold, reflecting her own signature passion and drive: she designed industry-leading  gender transformative projects for the “Because I am a Girl” Campaign and organized policy-changing technical roundtables in collaboration with sector leaders, NGOs and the Canadian government.

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    Rachel Lauren Clark is an award-winning Transgender Activist and Freelance Columnist who is currently the President of the Queer Liberals and belongs as a member or director to several LGBT organizations.  Rachel has previously worked as the General Secretary of the University Rosedale Federal Liberal Association (Chrystia Freeland), Secretary of the Board of Directors for Pride Toronto, Chair of the Amnesty International LGBTI Action Circle, Education and Training Facilitator for the 519 Community Centre, among several other positions, and attends the University of Toronto where she is studying for her Master’s Degree in Theology.  Rachel is employed by TD Bank Group, where she is a technology strategist, and sits on several LGBT advisory panels.  Rachel has appeared on several media outlets including CBC Radio One Metro Morning and The Current, in the Vice documentary “On Hold”, has been profiled on CP24, Global, and CTV, and was featured in Toronto Life Magazine.  Rachel currently resides in Caledon, Ontario with her partner Carol-Ann.

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    Dauna Jones-Simmonds is the President of DEJS (Diversity) Consulting where she has the opportunity to share her unique experience and facilitate the transfer of her accumulated knowledge through consulting and diversity training activities. Dauna born in St. Kitts, is the 13th of 14 children.  She migrated to Canada from the Caribbean island over 42 years ago.

    Dauna has a broad-based education from Cornell University, New York, and Ryerson University in Toronto.  She is an energetic, goal-driven individual with a proven track record of measurable achievements. She has first-hand knowledge and experience about the roadblocks and challenges encountered by new Canadians.  

    Dauna is the Lead Architect behind the 100ABCWomen national project that recognizes, spotlights and documents the achievements of Black Canadian Women.  She is also a co-author of the book 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women now in its second edition. It is no surprise that she is also an active champion for diversity and mentoring.  She has over 37 years of HR experience and is a certified Facilitator. She has won numerous awards for her leadership style, results orientation and diversity efforts. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for ACCES, an organization that supports the employment of new Canadians, and served as a Board Member for SKETCH, an organization that supports Homeless Youths and Youths at Risk. She is also a Board member for Delta Family Resource Centre – a not-for-profit organization that offers a range of support services to caregivers of children, settlement programs and services, community support, and a range of activities that enhance individual skills and promotes healthy communities. Dauna is also an active member of the Toronto Rotary Club.

    Dauna was the Executive Director for Ontario JOIN, where she advocated and supported the employment of people with disabilities.  She spearheaded unique programs for at-risk youths and persons with disabilities that would allow them to fulfill their potentials.  She has also worked with a number of other employee affinity groups, and has been a mentor to over 36 individuals. She has been involved in TRIEC’s “Mentoring Partnership” program for new Canadians.

    Dauna is an avid ‘sport fan’, gardener and loves to create Caribbean dishes.


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