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BEAT: Forum - What is Your Unconscious Bias?

13 October 2018 - 14 October 2018



Time: Saturday, October 13,  2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EDT)

Location: The Great Hall at OCAD U, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

BEAT’s annual forum is devoted to diversity and inclusion in the architecture and design industry. This year’s inaugural BEAT Forum is focused on the topic of Unconscious Bias.  

Toronto has become known as the most “diverse” city in the world (BBC Radio, 2016). As such, issues surrounding ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and discrimination of all kinds, remain at the forefront of Toronto’s contemporary society.  How are these issues being addressed within the profession of architecture?  How are we addressing unconscious bias in the workplace? How do the experiences of architecture students, academics and professionals differ based on their demographic background?  How can we develop and promote an inclusive profession that represents the most diverse city in the world? Through a series of presentations and discussion, this event will raise awareness, share experiences and provide tools for ‘inclusion’, that will inspire the audience to become part of the solution to a more inclusive architectural profession.

Presenters:

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects: Vanessa Fong, Principal Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect and OAA Council Vice President

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada: Susan Ruptash, Principal Emeritus, Quadrangle and RAIC board member representing Ontario Southwest    

Keynote Presentation on Unconscious BiasLoreli Buenaventura, Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Panel Discussion Moderator: Brigitte Shim, Principal, Shim Sutcliffe

Panelists:
- David Fortin, Associate Professor and Director, McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University

- Ruba Kana’an, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Toronto Mississauga

Kate Nelischer, Assistant Dean of Academic and Outreach, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto  

Schedule & Details:

9:00 am – 10:00 am:      Registration
10:00 am – 11:15 am:    Seminar Part I - Understanding Unconscious Bias
11:15 am – 11:30 am:    Coffee Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm:      Seminar Part II - Panel Discussion

Coffee, tea and light fare will be provided by BEAT.

This event has been generously sponsored by OCAD University, and Mason Images. This event qualifies for OAA ConEd.
Tickets are $30 each. Ticket sales begin Sept 26th at 11:00 a.m.
Registerhttps://bit.ly/2IhIras