Breakout Sessions - DEI Best Practices
Date & Time
Monday, June 12, 2023, 11:30 AM - 12:40 PM
Lindsay Amundsen Nicola Cherry Deanne Donohue Nour Hachem-Fawaz Karen Walsh

D3: Understanding Our Unconscious Bias in the Workplace - Nour Hachem-Fawaz
Room: Harrow/Essex/Canterbury

Understanding our unconscious bias in the workplace allows for a more productive and informative environment. How do we ensure we can understand and acknowledge our own unconscious biases? 
The presentation will discuss how to understand our unconscious biases, acknowledge them, and create policies and strategies for recruitment and retention that will work for everyone. 
The discussion will elaborate on the experience of women within the industry, access to female facilities, access to proper fitting PPE, and discussing childcare and work schedules.

D4: Office to Advance Women Apprentices Expansion Pilot - Lessons Learned - Lindsay Amundsen
Room: Richardson Conference Centre, Salon A/B

Office to Advance Women Apprentices expansion pilot lessons learnt:

For this presentation, CBTU and SRDC would present findings from CBTU's pilot to expand the OAWA offices in three regions: Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, (challenges, successes, lessons learnt, moving forward)

We would also highlight findings from our internal systemic barriers research report- the challenges those face in operating advocacy programs like these and industry recommendations to solve these challenges.

- What is the OAWA model? 
- Pilot project 
- Evaluation & Findings 

Next Steps for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices

D5: Women's Health in Apprenticeship: the WHAT-ME Study - Nicola Cherry
Room: York

The WHAT-ME study recruited women in the metal-working and electrical trades from across Canada and followed them for up to 5 years. The primary focus was to assess the effect of working in these trades on the outcome of pregnancy. Other health outcomes studied included respiratory health (asthma and wheeze) skin problems, muscular skeletal injuries and mental ill-health. The aim of the presentation is to give feedback to study participants and other women working in the trades on the key findings from the study.