Bridging cultural Diversity is a hot topic of discussion as every year Canada welcomes a significant number of immigrant professionals who have high levels of formal education and extensive experience. This results in a need to better understand how to manage cultural differences within an organization, and increase the productivity of multicultural teams. This session is for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of cultural diversity in the workplace.
GUEST SPEAKER: Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng., has experienced first-hand what it is like to live in a foreign Country. He received his educational credentials in both France and the United States and has worked in 15 countries. Lionel immigrated to Canada from France as an engineer in 1990 and is now one of the country’s leading experts on the immigrant employment experience. As a result of his experience in understanding and adapting to various cultures while on expatriate assignments he has decided to share his knowledge to assist professionals from around the world successfully settle in Canada. Lionel believes that Canadian organizations can benefit from the opportunities brought by a diverse workforce, and the key to helping employees adapt is bridging cultural diversity. Lionel is frequently a guest speaker and has written three books on Canadian workplace diversity: "Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage", "Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions" and "Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Different Employees".
Cultural diversity brings both challenges and opportunities. In most cases, the challenges come first; the benefits come when people from diverse cultures have learned to work with and trust one another. They can then come up with innovative solutions because they look at the same problems from different angles. By attending this session, participants will learn how to:
* Appreciate the impact of culture on people’s thought processes and behaviours
* Differentiate between stereotypes and generalizations
* Analyze some of the most common challenges that cultural differences create throughout the talent management cycle
* Implement a couple of best practices that are most likely to help their organizations take their cross-cultural effectiveness to the next level
Please join us, as we are confident you will leave with a clearer understanding of Cultural Diversity, and how it may benefit your career/organization.
Thank you to our Sponsor: Imperial Suites