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The Face of Business: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Panel Discussion - June 24

11 am, June 24, 2022

Perhaps it’s time to think and talk about EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) in new ways, especially as we navigate returning to the office, participating in hybrid workplace settings and creating safe spaces. Fresh and lived perspectives can enable respectful work environments. Our June 24 panelists will discuss their experiences and viewpoints on the topic of The Face of Business: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and explore questions around barriers, motivation, consequences, leadership and more!

The panel will be streamed via zoom webinar and will include participant Q&A with ASL Interpretation provided by SLIAO Inc.


Jacqueline Milczarek pronounced (Mill – char’ – eck) is a former National Network News Anchor and award-winning journalist. She is a senior media leader who spent over two decades in television news, covering some of most pressing economic, environmental and social justice issues of our time.

As National Morning News Anchor for CTV News Channel, Jacqueline set the daily agenda for breaking news across Canada – interviewing everyone from Prime Ministers to Hollywood celebrities.

Before launching her own content and communications consultancy, Jacqueline served as Vice President and Executive Producer of “iPoliticsLive”, where she helped innovate and grow the digital news organization’s Editorial Live Events division.

As President of National Content Solutions Media Co., Jacqueline now works across a variety of industries and sectors, sharing meaningful, impact-driven stories to help drive change for the greater good.


Sara Sayyed, Senior Advisor, Equity, Anti-Racism and Indigenous Initiatives at City Of Guelph. Sara has extensive professional experience and significant leadership accomplishments in community organizing and consulting particularly around how equity and accommodation measures can be adopted within organizations and workplaces. Sara holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from University of Guelph. Combining her knowledge across sectors, Sara is passionate about education and social justice advocacy and progress. 

Tim Campbell-Smith is so extroverted he puts the social back in social media. A generalist by profession, his digital marketing consultancy focuses on improving business overall through social media. Tim has consulted for and spoken with thousands of entrepreneurs and organizations around North America, most notably with The Small Business Centres of Ontario, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Resilience Summit, Innovation Guelph, Social Media Pro, The Professional Organizers of Canada and the Los Angeles Film School. Tim has also taught at Fanshawe and Conestoga College, and his newest book, Lousy and Conflicting Advice: A Humorous Reflection on a Career in Social Media Marketing is out now.

Luanne Whitecrow, Director, Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) is Anishnaabe from the Seine River First Nation in Ontario. She graduated from the Toronto School of Business with diplomas in Micro Computer Business Applications, Network and Communications, and Office Administration. She has 8 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area, where she worked at the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre in marketing and promotion for the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association, its annual TABA Awards, and the Small Business Certificate Program. She played a key role in providing networking and guided support to Aboriginal artists in multiple disciplines: music, art, crafts, and other business ventures. For the past 6 years her focus has been on the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Tony Wight, retired Ontario lawyer working as volunteer Board of Directors member of Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (‘CFPDP’) in Toronto, chairing certain annual fundraising events and working on other projects, e.g., Seat at the Table. Five years in private practice followed by almost 40 years in-house legal counsel at IBM Canada. History of volunteerism with Rotary Club, Lymphedema Association of Ontario and an active sports fan.

Monique Peats, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Director at Inward Strong, has always had a passion for helping people, and her resume proves it; she’s an awarded clinician, entrepreneur, co-author, international presenter and health tech innovator. Recognizing the challenge of stigma, shame and accessibility had long plagued those seeking support, she co-founded Inward Strong — an award-winning, simple and practical online program for people coping with addiction, anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues. Based in Waterloo, she also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. 

Innovation Guelph
Innovation Guelph provides mentorship, programs and services to help innovative businesses start, grow and thrive. Serving Guelph, Wellington County and Southwestern Ontario, our novel business acceleration programs – including Speedway, Fast Lane, Fuel Injection and the Rhyze Project – support high-potential businesses from start-up to scale-up. Innovation Guelph also serves as a single point of access to Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) resources. We empower entrepreneurs, build community partnerships, and foster initiatives to build an innovation ecosystem that drives lasting economic growth, supports environmental sustainability and enhances the quality of life for everyone in our region.

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