Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace: Key Principles and Practices

Empowering you with the practical tools, strategies, and techniques to facilitate change.

This online course provides an overview of the roots and principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and equips for profit and non profit leaders with applied perspectives and practices to help their organizations evolve.  This course is informed by best practices in EDI established by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Why take this course?

  • Develop a foundational understanding of EDI with an emphasis on the Canadian workplace context and application
  • Learn best practices for EDI as a tool of empowerment in the workplace and guiding principles for community engagement
  • Content is informed by the latest international framework for understanding EDI within the context of human rights as mandated by the United Nations
  • Expert instructors who work with organizations to support the advancement of EDI as a pillar for growth and success. This course empowers learners with practical tools, strategies, and techniques to facilitate culture change and make measurable progress.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Have a deep understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion including the historical and global context
  • Learn about the Canadian perspective:  EDI in society and the workplace
  • The Canadian perspective: EDI in society and the workplace
  • Gain an introduction to relevant legislation in Canada and Ontario
  • Understand how to make the case: benefits of pursuing EDI advancement


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This course can be customized to your organization’s needs and can be delivered online, onsite or at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.  For more information, click here.

Leo Nupolu Johnson Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Nonprofit Management at Wentworth Strategy Group. He is an experienced non profit executive, entrepreneur, human rights specialist, public speaker, and United Nations Fellow.

As a teenager, he spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana after fleeing from civil war in his native Liberia. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a government-assisted refugee.

In 2007, Leo founded Empowerment Squared, a Canadian charity building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society. This vision is achieved by empowering newcomer and marginalized youth and communities in Canada and across the world to succeed through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, information literacy, and sports and recreation. Under Leo’s leadership as Executive Director, the organization has assisted over 2000 newcomer youth and families. The organization is opening the groundbreaking Liberian Learning Center, which will house the first and only public library in the post-war Liberia.

Leo is active in Canada, Liberia, Ghana, and South Africa, and his expertise has been recognized for its impact all over the world. His specific expertise includes nonprofit management, international development, immigration and resettlement, fundraising and financial management. He has received the Reverence John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership and Excellence and the YMCA Peace Medal, been named one of the top 75 immigrants in Canada, and served as a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto’s Global Health course. He was recently awarded the World Citizenship Award by the City of Hamilton, the Gandhi Peace Award, the McMaster University Global Community Impact Award, Afroglobal TV’s 2018 Visionary Award, and was selected as a United Nations Fellow for the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Margaret Zanel is Partner, Strategy and Leadership at Wentworth Strategy Group and an accomplished executive advisor, business strategist, entrepreneur, and executive leadership coach. She has over 30 years of experience in Fortune 100 organizations and private equity-backed early growth companies and start-ups in Canada, the US, and globally. Margaret is recognized for her strategic, business transformation, marketing, and sales expertise in high growth sectors including technology, cannabis, and retail health & wellness.  Margaret specializes in helping leaders advance their leadership potential and businesses drive revenue growth by expanding to new markets, developing innovative offerings, opening new channels of distribution, and creating memorable customer experiences.

Prior to Wentworth, Margaret served as Vice President, Strategy, Marketing, and IT at Xerox Canada, where she led the organization’s strategy office, business transformation, digital marketing, and sales operations for a decade. Before joining Xerox, she was a pioneer in the high-tech space and worked in Silicon Valley start-ups with a focus on omni-channel communications, customer care, and customer relationship management.

She is a passionate advocate of diversity, inclusion, and women’s advancement in executive leadership and on boards. Margaret serves as Executive Director, Mentorship Programs for Women Get on Board Inc, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes, and empowers women to corporate boards. Margaret is a strategic advisor to global conservation tech female entrepreneur led start-up WildTechDNA and served on the board of Xerox Canada Inc.

Margaret is an alumna of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, where she completed an MBA specializing in International Business and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce focused on marketing. She is a member of the McMaster Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a guest lecturer at McMaster University on strategic planning and regularly mentors MBA students looking for guidance as they enter the workforce.

Margaret is a diversity champion and a dynamic public speaker focused on women’s leadership, and diversity and inclusion. She is dedicated to giving back and is an alumna of the Judy Project. In 2018, Margaret was selected as one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s “Top 50 over 50”, and in 2020 Margaret was recognized as one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s, “Top 100 Women of Influence”.

  • Upcoming Sessions

    Interested in bringing this course to your organization? Contact Steve Walker, our Manager of Business Development.

    Dates and Fees

    $795.00 + HST

    Register for 5 courses in one transaction and a $500 discount will be applied at check out.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    Leaders of for profit and non profit looking to gain the perspectives and practices to help their organizations evolve.

  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lynn Petruzzella at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

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