Diversity Networking 2 Launches

Diversity Networking Series 2 is launching! With new speakers and extra content, leaders and top employers are invited. Get fresh ideas. Excel at service. Access new markets. Revitalize your workforce.

Abbotsford Community Services, the City of Abbotsford, and supporting partners are presenting Diversity Networking Series 2 for businesses and organizations to network and share best practices in diversity in Abbotsford’s multi-ethnic and diverse community. Space is limited. Register for all or for each session at no cost. Recognition will be given to businesses with representation at all 6 sessions.

Session 1 – West to East City Tour

Join us for our kick-off event, a guided tour of the diverse demographics from the West side (Mount Lehman area) to the East side (Whatcom Rd area). Everyone will receive demographic information, explore unique pockets of cultural diversity, have a chance to network and enjoy lunch together.
Venue: Tour departs and returns to City Hall, 32315 South Fraser Way
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 10am to 1pm
At each of the next sessions:

See diversity in action at a venue highlighting their practices
Training on the session topic
Coffee break & refreshments provided
Networking time
Collect information for your Diversity Networking Series toolkit

Session 2 – Innovation, Prosperity, and Economic Equity

Share best practices with other local businesses. Explore how diversity can work for your business through hiring, marketing, employee training, and consumer retention.
Venue: TBD
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 8am to 10am (networking until 10:30am)
Speaker to be announced.

Session 3 – Hiring for Diversity

Statistics Canada predicts that in 2031, 39% of Abbotsford’s population and 46% of Canada’s population will be visible minorities. Get your business ready! Attract and retain employees from the diverse population in Abbotsford.
Venue: TBD
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 8am to 10am (networking until 10:30am)
Speaker: Conni Kilfoil, CUPE National Equality Rep for BC

Session 4 – Diversity in Media, Marketing and Communication

Make your business stand out! Explore marketing strategies that engage various target consumer groups.
Venue: Relevention, Unit 240 – 34434 McConnell Rd, Abbotsford
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 8:00am to 10:00am (networking until 10:30am)
Speaker: Mo Dhaliwal, Director of Client Services at Skyrocket Digital

Session 5 – Organizational Development and Promoting Diversity

Capitalize on the diversity in your workforce by developing policies that work for your business. Local businesses will share their successful models and implementation.
Venue: TBD
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 8am to 10am (networking until 10:30am)
Speaker to be announced

Session 6 – Showcase Event, Valuing Diversity in Workplaces

This showcase of exceptional business practices in diversity is not to be missed! Take advantage of network and dialogue opportunities with key stakeholders, professional and skilled newcomers, and other business and organizational leaders.
Venue: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Key Note Speaker to be announced

For more information contact:

Email Danica Denommé or call 604-859-7681 local 270


Email Med Manzanal or call 604-864-5583


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