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Perspectives on LGBT Workplace Equality in Canada

July 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


With total trade of nearly $630 billion in 2016, Canada is the United States’ second largest trading partner and a critically important market for most U.S.-based and multinational corporations. Canada is also a world leader in advancing the rights and protections of LGBT people. It was one of the first countries in the world to legalize marriage for same-sex couples – in 2005 – and discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited by law. But how do these forces come together in the Canadian workplace? What are major corporations doing in Canada to ensure that they’re providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for their LGBT employees? Join Out & Equal and our panel of Canada experts who will discuss their companies’ leading-edge initiatives to engage and support LGBT and ally employees in Canada. Kimberley Messer from IBM will present on “Allyship in Canada – Why allies? Why now, eh?” From the oil sands of Alberta, Raihan Khan at Imperial Oil will discuss the role of their PRIDE Employee Resource Group in building an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees and allies. And Eric Leonard at Xerox – whose Canadian operations have often been at the forefront of many of the organization’s diversity initiatives – will share on creating a workplace where all employees feel comfortable to “Be Yourself. Everywhere.”

If you are based in Canada or if your company has operations there, this webinar is for you! Please join us on July 12 for an interesting and informative discussion.

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  • Kimberley Messer, Business Development Executive – North America, IBM KimMesserLI
    Kimberley Messer is a Business Development Executive for IBM’s Global Diversity Business Development organization, focused on LGBT markets in the United States and Canada. As a thought leader in diversity and talent management, Kimberley advises customers on how to leverage workforce diversity and human capital to improve workforce effectiveness, foster collaboration and stimulate innovation. She is also responsible for IBM’s strategic partnerships with LGBT+ community organizations in the US & Canada.  In her 17th year with IBM, Kimberley has held various software development roles before moving into her current assignment. She is a member of Out & Equal’s Global Advisory Committee, a member of Pride at Work Canada’s National Women’s Committee and the former chair of IBM Canada’s LGBT business resource group.


  • Raihan Khan, Business Analyst, Imperial Oil Raihan portrait
    Raihan completed his MBA in 1993 and joined ExxonMobil in Bangladesh in 1998.  After international roles in Dubai and Brussels, Raihan immigrated to Canada in 2005 and joined ExxonMobil’s affiliate Imperial Oil.  In his 19 years in the ExxonMobil family, Raihan has had numerous roles in sales, operations, marketing, and business analysis.  When Imperial’s PRIDE Employee Resource Group’s Calgary chapter was formed in 2012, Raihan was one of the first straight allies to join the network.  In 2015 Raihan came on board as a member of the Steering Committee and in 2017 took on the role of Co-Chair.  Raihan’s principal contribution has been organizing and promoting ally engagement events.  Raihan loves to scramble mountains and is an avid photographer.


  • Eric Leonard, Voice of Customer Business Analyst, Xerox Eric Leonard
    Eric Leonard is the Voice of Customer Business Analyst, for the Worldwide Quality and Customer Experience organization at Xerox. Eric is responsible for coordinating the data management and deployment process for various Xerox relationships, as well as transactional based surveys. Additionally, Eric supports several reporting projects required to drive customer experience across the Xerox Technology Business. Eric brings with him customer service experience from the Remote Solutions Service business, as well as U.S. and Canadian service provider knowledge, and a solid Customer Relations background. Eric is involved in a number of Xerox committees, with a strong focus on diversity and leveraging the talent, innovation and creativity of its workforce.


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July 12, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Steve Roth
(415) 694-6514
[email protected]


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