October 14, 2020 | 9:00-10:30am

Dear members,

We are pleased to invite you to CUPE BC’s first Fall 2020 web conference offering, which will focus on the theme of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Please find the event details below:

Date:  October 14, 2020

Time:  9:00-10:30 am (90 minutes)

Topic:  A Technical Understanding of Inclusion for Unions


Cost: FREE

The web conference will feature guest presenter Alden Habacon, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist with Inclusive Excellence Strategy Solutions Inc.  Please find a program description and speaker bio below and attached:


 Outcomes-driven organizations lead with intentionality, clarity and a strong sense of excellence. This initial engagement is focused on:

·        Framing the conversation around EDI as a means to achieving their existing aspirations for unions and their respective industries;

·       Establishing basic literacy around diversity and inclusive excellence;

·        Providing a common understanding of the journey towards inclusive excellence; and

·        Affirming how acknowledging and disrupting cognitive and cultural bias will benefit their unions.

Participants will examine different kinds of diversity, the business case (or business imperative) for a more inclusive workplace culture, and also explore the organizational stage-by-stage process towards fostering an environment where people with profound differences thrive. Participants will determine where they are in the journey, what business outcomes are most relevant and the kind of organizational mindset they aspire to establish as leaders. This module explores the most recent report by Deloitte on when employees feel included, and provides a research-based framework around inclusive leadership.


Alden E. Habacon is one of Canada’s leading diversity and inclusion strategists and facilitators. He is well known in this field and highly regarded for his fourteen years of impact, and his innovative work around inclusive leadership, unconscious bias and intercultural training. He works with leadership in a wide range of professions and sectors throughout Canada, including the legal community, social services, the public sector, municipalities, first responders, and large private corporations. Over the last few years he has delivered professional development to faculty and staff in almost every university in British Columbia and currently works with many universities across Canada, the US and Hong Kong. He is currently a Visiting Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at the University of Delaware.  For more information about Alden, please visit his website (click here).


The CUPE BC Division will be testing various virtual platforms in the coming months in the interest of securing the best web delivery option for our online learning series. We have partnered with FMAV Services to deliver the October 14 web conference.  We welcome feedback from all webinar participants with regards to web platform accessibility, user-friendliness, and any other areas of improvement. A short survey will be sent out after each session. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

We look forward to your participation during our web conference.  Should you have any questions about the event, please contact our office ( for further assistance.

In solidarity,

Paul Faoro, President

Trevor Davies, Secretary-Treasurer

CUPE British Columbia

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