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Gowling WLG – The Future of DEI

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



September 29, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MDT
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Companies continue to grapple with how to meaningfully, effectively and sustainably create real change with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion. There are a few companies doing leading-edge work in this area, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and seeing the kind of change that rewards their efforts as societal changemakers in their respective fields.

Please join us on September 29 as representatives from Accenture, BASF and CIBC have an interactive discussion guided by the following questions:

What have your DEI priorities and efforts focused on up to the present?
What is the driver for this work for your company?
What challenges have you faced in pushing this work forward in such an ambitious way, both internally and externally?
How does this work permeate your expectations for your partners and service providers?
What is the future of DEI for your company? What’s the next goal? And how should your service providers be prepared to step up to support you?

We hope you can join us for this very informative discussion. This event will be presented in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French.

CPD Information
LSO: This program is eligible for 1 hour of DEI Professionalism content
Barreau du Québec: This program is eligible for 1 hour of substantive CPD credit
LSBC: This program is eligible for 1 hour of Practice Management & Professional Responsibility credit

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

About our speakers & host

RICCARDO D’ANGELO | Legal Lead, Accenture Canada
Riccardo D’Angelo is Legal Lead of Accenture Canada. He is also the Global Post Merger Integration (PMI) Contracting Lead for Accenture’s global acquisitions. In his various roles, he provides legal advice to senior business leadership on all legal matters relating to Canada and PMI, oversees deal shaping and negotiations for some of Accenture’s most complex transactions globally and is responsible for supervising a team of legal professionals providing legal support in client-facing transactions and PMI activities.

As part of Accenture’s ambition to be the most inclusive and diverse company in the world and as part of his commitment to I&D, Riccardo oversees numerous initiatives in his capacity as Executive Sponsor of Accenture’s North America I&D challenge, Executive Sponsor of the North American Asian Legal community and through his involvement with Accenture’s “Elevate” Legal program, a first of its kind program focused on increasing the visibility, retention and overall engagement of Accenture’s ethnically diverse legal professionals.

ANDREA NALYZYTY | Senior Vice-President, Chief Compliance Officer and Global Regulatory Affairs, Risk Management, CIBC
Andrea Nalyzyty has been with CIBC since 2004. In April 2019, Ms. Nalyzyty was appointed Senior Vice-President, Chief Compliance Officer and Global Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Ms. Nalyzyty is responsible for the Compliance function globally, including all market, conduct and securities regulatory relationships, as well as all global regulatory relationships. In March 2020, she also took over responsibility for Conduct and Culture risk.

Ms. Nalyzyty has been an active member of various not-for-profit and industry boards and is currently a member of the advisory council for the Northwind Financial Services Forum. She has also, for several years, co-chaired CIBC’s Leaders and Major Individual Gifts cabinet for our One for Change campaign. Finally, Ms. Nalyzyty is also chair of CIBC’s Accessibility Action Committee and a member of the Bank’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

MARIAN VAN HOEK | General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, BASF Canada
Marian Van Hoek was appointed General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of BASF Canada on May 1, 2019. In this role, Marian is responsible for leading the legal and compliance function in Canada. She is a member of the Canadian Executive Committee, the Canadian Leadership Team and the North American Legal Leadership Team. Since joining BASF Canada as legal counsel in 2015, she has provided legal support to a number of business divisions and sites.

Marian started her career practicing commercial litigation and prior to joining BASF, Marian worked as in-house counsel at BlackBerry Limited. Marian holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from Western University.

SHEREEN SAMUELS | Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gowling WLG
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Gowling WLG, Shereen Samuels has over 23 years of experience in DEI change work, curriculum development, and group process facilitation. She offers over 20 years of experience in leadership, policy development, strategic planning, communications, board governance, and risk management. She also has 10 years of experience in senior management and academic research.

Prior to joining the firm, Shereen gained over 17 years of progressive leadership experience, working collaboratively to build inclusive community resources, spaces and programs in a post-secondary campus environment. This included her role as both a member and subcommittee chair of Mount Royal University’s Indigenization Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Shereen will be moderating the discussion.

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