Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Friday, May 7, 2021 - Agenda
11:00 – 11:10 am


Joy Crawford, CUBA-ACCAU Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, University of Saskatchewan

Claire Kennedy, Chair of the Governing Council, University of Toronto

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Keynote - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) – The Role of Boards in Supporting Meaningful Change

Canadian universities are committed to addressing equity, diversity and inclusion within the academy. What do Board members need to know about the current landscape? What role can Boards play in supporting university leaders in driving meaningful change? What are appropriate accountability mechanisms for structural and systemic change?

Mary Anne Chambers, Former MPP and Cabinet Minister

Q&A Moderator:

Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte

12:00 – 12:15 pm Break
12:15 – 1:15 pm

Panel Discussion - Fostering Inclusive Leadership

What are strategies that universities are deploying to increase representation and foster inclusion from Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Persons in leadership roles within the Academy? How do Boards assess the effectiveness of these strategies and measure change? How do Boards hold themselves accountable in order to sustain progress at the systemic and structural levels, even with leadership transitions?



Mike DeGagné, President and CEO, Indspire, former President, Nipissing University, and former President, Yukon University

Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost, University of Toronto

Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), University of Calgary

Robert Summerby-Murray, President, Saint Mary’s University


Wisdom Tettey, Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough

1:15 – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion - Student Mental Health

Providing effective student mental health support is one of the most pressing challenges facing universities. What do Boards need to be aware of in terms of university initiatives on student mental health? What are the opportunities for partnerships to help guide and support the delivery of mental health services for students? How should institutions address these issues publicly?

Sandra Hanington, Co-founder of Jack.org

Mark Sinyor, Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Juveria Zaheer, Clinician Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Education; Administrator, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department, CAMH


Trevor Young, Dean, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, University of Toronto

2:30 – 3:00 pm CUBA Annual General Meeting