Toronto – A Data Story on Ethnocultural Diversity and Inclusion in Canada

A data story: A discussion with Statistics Canada

These half-day events on Ethnocultural Diversity and Inclusion in Canada will feature a keynote presentation by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada on the evolution of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and its measurement with a focus on Canada's three largest metropolitan areas: Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

To this end, the address will overview the inherent challenges and opportunities embedded in the measurement of diversity and highlight some of the very real socio-economic disparities observed on the road to inclusiveness and integration. In short, whether for the measures, trends, or issues, if you are interested in Canada's diversity and inclusiveness, join us and find out more!

An expert panel discussion and question period will follow immediately after the presentation. You are encouraged to provide your input and contribute to Statistics Canada's modernization efforts on these very important topics.

You may also follow the discussion stream via Statistics Canada's Facebook page.

We sincerely hope you will join us in what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking and fruitful discussion.

When: Monday April 29, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Cost: Free

Registration is closed.



Photograph of Anil Arora

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Anil Arora earned a Bachelor's of Science degree at the University of Alberta, then went on to study computer science and received a graduate certificate in public sector management and governance from the University of Ottawa. He joined Statistics Canada in 1988 and moved up the ranks to become Assistant Chief Statistician of the Social, Institutions and Labour Statistics Field in 2008. After a few years as Assistant Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada, Mr. Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016.

Master of ceremonies

Nancy Guarino

Nancy Guarino, Regional Director, Central Region, Statistics Canada

Nancy Guarino has significant experience with Statistics Canada. She started her career with the agency in 1990 after graduating with a psychology degree from the University of Guelph. She has held numerous collection, communications and statistical information services positions within the agency. Nancy has a passion for the census, as she managed many census collection cycles for Ontario over the course of her career. In January 2017, Nancy was appointed Regional Director for the Central Region and is now responsible for facilities in both Toronto and Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Nancy's main office is located in the new Data Service Centre in North York, where client services, outreach and statistical capacity building are just some of the services offered.


Jean-Pierre Corbeil

Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Statistics Canada

Jean-Pierre Corbeil is Assistant Director in the Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, and is in charge of the Centre for Ethnocultural, Language and Immigration Statistics at Statistics Canada. After having completed a B.A. and M.A. at McGill University, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the Université de Montréal. He has been working in the field of language statistics and studying Canada's linguistic dynamics for over 20 years. In addition to studying language dynamics, his fields of interest include immigration, ethnocultural diversity, categorizations and social representations in intergroup relations.


Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier, Founder, Diversity Institute and Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Wendy Cukier, professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at Ted Rogers School of Management, leads Ryerson's Diversity Institute. She is one of Canada's leading experts in disruptive technologies and innovation processes, and coauthored the bestseller, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park. The Diversity Institute conducts action-oriented research on diversity and inclusion. It leads the Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and the research agenda for the Future Skills Centre. Wendy is an expert advisor to the Working Group on the Canada-UK Modern Economy.

Carl James

Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora and Founding Director of the York Centre for Education and Community

Carl James is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, and, as Chair, he focuses on addressing issues and concerns related to marginalized people within a framework of equity, inclusivity and social justice. Dr. James is also the Founding Director of the York Centre for Education and Community, and has been a member of the Faculty of Education since 1993. He is cross-appointed to the graduate programs in the Department of Sociology, and supervises graduate students in Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Work, and Social and Political Thought. He is also widely recognized for his work in ethnically and racially diverse communities, and for his role, nationally and internationally, in research around equity and identity as related to race, class, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship. He is known for his mentorship and is engaged in professional development with social service workers, community agencies and educators.

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada; as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ryerson University

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate's Independent Senators Group, she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar is also the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Senator Omidvar is the founding Executive Director at the Global Diversity Exchange, and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Senator Omidvar was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.

Morton Weinfeld

Morton Weinfeld, Professor of Sociology, McGill University

Morton Weinfeld is a professor of Sociology at McGill University, where he holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies. He is the winner of the 2013 Marshall Sklare Prize for outstanding career contributions to the field by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Among his publications are Ethnicity, Politics, and Public Policy: Case studies in Canadian diversity; The Jews in Canada; and Like Everyone Else But Different: The paradoxical success of Canadian Jews.

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