About the Workshop

The Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CFIE) is committed to creating the space and opportunity for people to harness their skills and potentials in extraordinary ways. We cannot do that without recognizing and addressing the issues that create barriers for equitable participation in our society.  This is why the Centre For Intellectual Excellence is holding a […]

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Yet another reason for you to attend

Free DEI Certification Training for participants.



Find the workshop schedule here:
October 20, 2023 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Valley Ballroom

Welcome Ceremony

October 20, 2023 6:45 pm - 7:00 pm Valley Ballroom

Overview of WODIL & Inclusify Workshop

Presentation of some of the Key takeaways from the World Diversity in Leadership Conference 2023.

October 20, 2023 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Valley Ballroom

Cultural Drumming & Dancing

October 20, 2023 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Valley Ballroom

Acknowledging and Addressing Racism

Alex Ihama Panelist
Dr. Bede Eke Panelist
Dr. Shindale Seale Panelist
Uthman Khan Panelist
October 20, 2023 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Valley Ballroom

Kahoot and Q&A

October 20, 2023 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Valley Ballroom


Dennis Kennedy Keynote
October 21, 2023 8:00 am - 8:30 am Valley Ballroom

Breakfast & Networking

October 21, 2023 8:30 am - 2:30 pm Valley Ballroom

DEI Certificate Training

Dennis Kennedy Keynote
Dr. Shindale Seale Panelist
October 21, 2023 2:30 pm - 2:35 pm Valley Ballroom

Breaking Glass Ceiling

Dr. Khwezi Mbolekwa Panelist
Olakunle Odanye Panelist
Osayi Ogieva Panelist
October 21, 2023 2:35 pm - 3:45 pm Valley Ballroom


October 21, 2023 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Valley Ballroom

Intersectionality and Privilege

Dr. Georgette Zinaty Panelist/Keynote
October 21, 2023 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Valley Ballroom


October 21, 2023 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Valley Ballroom

Advocacy & Allyship

Alex Ihama Panelist
Dr. Erica Amery Panelist
Dr. Georgette Zinaty Panelist/Keynote
Jill Chesley Panelist
October 22, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Valley Ballroom

Building Inclusive Communities

Uthman Khan Panelist
October 22, 2023 3:00 pm - 3:10 pm Valley Ballroom


October 22, 2023 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm Valley Ballroom

Unconscious Bias, Cultural Bias, and Systems Bias

Camille Dundas Panelist
Richard D. Sharpe Panelist
October 22, 2023 4:10 pm - 4:40 pm Valley Ballroom

Youth Racial Advocacy


October 22, 2023 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Valley Ballroom

Closing Ceremony

Patrick Arthur, MSc. ISM, IEEE-IIBA, ITIL Guest Speaker

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

10155 105 St NW, Edmonton AB

A free three-day workshop that is designed to offer practical learning tools around the topic of racism, and help individuals learn and understand its impact, as well as how we can work towards eliminating it. This event additionally provides a platform for open, honest, and productive conversations about race and bias, where everyone is invited to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.


Centre For Intellectual Excellence
Centre For Intellectual Excellence

Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the space and opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to harness their skills and potentials. We provide various unique programs and services to Diverse/Intersectional and Under-served communities through talent development, mentoring, EDI education, Career guidance, online sexual exploitation and family counselling.

Hilda Fankah-Arthur, PhDc
Hilda Fankah-Arthur, PhDc

Hilda is passionate about Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility for all. As the President/Founder for CeFIE Canada, he hopes to influence the much needed change with the various communities.

Khristine Carino, PhD
Khristine Carino, PhD

I am a multicultural Asian-American expert in public policy advocacy, lobbying, public affairs and government relations. A Vancouver-based resident.

Khwezi Mbolekwa, PhD
Khwezi Mbolekwa, PhD

An Effective E.D.I team is shaped by the way they approach any work they do. It is these practices that can set them up for success or push them back with setbacks.

Dr. Yvonne Kangong
Dr. Yvonne Kangong

As an obesity advocate, I strive to see change in the way we handle our daily health.




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