About CCDI UnConference

Our immersive and collaborative conference encourages people with an interest in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as well as diversity professionals to break away from the boredom of traditional conferences with a high degree of participation – perfect for those who value networking, interactive workshops, and experiential learning. 

CCDI UnConference is delivered as an immersive, interactive, entertaining virtual experience over two half-days. 


Past themes

Some of our past themes include: 

  • Shifting gears: New perspectives for an inclusive workplace
  • The future of DEI: Pause. Reflect. Project.
  • Navigational strategies in IDEA: From why to how
  • Unpacking cultural competence
  • The intersectionality of diversity and wellness in the workplace
  • Measuring the success of your diversity journey


Past speakers

Some of our past speakers include:

  • The Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
  • The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mark Tewksbury C.C., M.S.M., OLY
  • Sally Milne, Woodland Cree elder and Birch Bark Biting artist
  • Yin Brown, Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA), Abilities Centre
  • Joe Donahue, Director, Human Resources, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • Lindsay Evans, Global Marketplace Diversity Leader, IBM
  • Kelly J Lendsay, President & CEO, Indigenous Works
  • Jasjit Sangha, PhD, Faculty Developer, Anti-Racist Pedagogies, University of Toronto
  • Adediwura (Wura) Odiase, HR Leader, Employee Experience, City of Calgary
  • Marni Panas, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ATCO
  • Jade Pichette, Director of Programs, Pride at Work Canada
  • Mohammed Hashim, Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation


Past sponsors

Some past sponsors include:

  • Amazon Canada
  • BDC
  • Best Buy
  • Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • CCDI Consulting
  • Conagra Brands
  • Fairmount Hotel
  • L'Oreal Canada
  • Lemay
  • N-Able
  • PheedLoop
  • Purolator
  • Randstad
  • Raymond James
  • Rogers
  • Roots Canada
  • Samsung
  • Schneider Electric
  • Staples Canada
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Suncor
  • Torkin Manes


Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsoring CCDI UnConference not only plays a pivotal role in enhancing the event's success, but also aligns with CCDI's mission to build a more inclusive Canada. As a valued sponsor, your organization stands to gain conference passes, media exposure, recognition through emails and social media platforms, and exclusive speaking opportunities.

If you are eager to support and be a part of this impactful initiative, please click here.


Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions. ​