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Jill Chesley

Jill Chesley is the Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Employee Services for the City of Edmonton. She brings domestic and international experience and over 20 years of experience in the non-profit, private and public sectors, including working in the USA, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Afghanistan. Jill has subject-matter expertise in the fields of intercultural competence, equity, diversity and inclusion, particularly in large, complex organizations.  

Jill’s competencies include strategy and policy development, design and delivery of training, program development and coordination, as well as employee engagement via vehicles such as diversity & inclusion committees, employee resource networks, and mentoring programs. At the City of Edmonton, Jill is responsible for the development and implementation of The Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity & Inclusion Framework. She leads the Corporate D&I Advisory Committee, and advises each department D&I Committee. Jill also oversees the implementation of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) at the City. During her tenure, the City of Edmonton was named a top Diversity Employer in Canada in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

Prior to her role at the City of Edmonton, Jill was the Team Lead, Diversity & Inclusion at Enbridge. Jill has a MA in Intercultural Relations. She is the Founding Chair of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network and the National Municipal D&I Network. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and a Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership ©.