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Beyond Lip Service - Diversity + Inclusion

13 Feb 2019
8:00am - 11:00am PST

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Amidst all the buzz around diversity and inclusion,  how do you ensure as an HR professional that your organization is incorporating D+I into its recruitment processes in an effective and meaningful way?

 Drawing on their experience in working with many organizations to incorporate D+I in a search process from start to finish, Elaine Grotefeld and Callum Wallace from executive search firm Odgers Berndtson will share Six Key Steps to ensure your organization goes beyond lip service in this critical area of hiring and selecting talent.   This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to assess your current approach against the Six Key Steps,  to identify challenges and potential solutions,  and will give you a six-point plan to take with you for immediate use.

During this D+I focused session, we will also have the opportunity to learn about the BCJobConnect program offered by  the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Sangeeta Subramanian, Senior Manager, Workplace Development at Immigrant Employment Council of BC will share an overview of this tool that supports the hiring of job-ready newcomers.


About the Speakers

Elaine Grotefeld is Partner and Head in the firm’s Clean Tech Practice in the Vancouver office, helping early-stage and high-growth companies recruit top leaders. She specializes in clean tech, technology and sustainability and has more than 17 years of international executive search experience from working in the UK, Asia-Pacific and North America.

Following eight years with IBM in London and Vancouver, Elaine kicked off her recruitment career in Hong Kong, by helping international technology companies set up or expand in Asia-Pacific. In Singapore, she set up a successful technology practice for a US-based boutique search firm, and worked with Braithwaite Steiner Pretty, who was later acquired by Odgers Berndtson.

Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is an active volunteer with Dress for Success, and also promotes clean technology, action against climate change, and women in leadership.


Callum Wallace is a Senior Consultant with Odgers Berndtson, based in Vancouver. He specializes in board and senior leadership appointments across a broad range of industries and functional positions in British Columbia.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Callum was a Consultant at Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson in the United Kingdom, where he focused on the recruitment of senior managers within the infrastructure services and technology sectors. Callum also worked at a boutique Technology Media & Telecoms search firm in London and Singapore where he was responsible for business development and execution of search work within the telecommunications and infrastructure services sectors. 

Callum holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of Liverpool. He is also a passionate skier who spends his weekends teaching at the local Vancouver mountains.


13 Feb 2019
8:00am - 11:00am PST

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