Best Practices Forum on Official Languages/Events

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Thanks to a partnership with the Canada School of Public Service, all federal employees are invited to attend the webcast discussion "Changing the Narrative on Diversity, Inclusion and Official Languages" on February 7, 2023, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Official languages are sometimes considered a barrier to employment and career advancement for members of certain equity-seeking groups. The modernization of the Official Languages Act is an opportunity for the Government of Canada to challenge and change the discourse on diversity, inclusion and official languages.

This panel will bring together speakers from the public service and private sector to discuss measures to address the challenges faced by equity-seeking groups and to support their career progression. With different objectives in mind, these individuals will share their experiences and talk about how they are helping to change the narrative on diversity, inclusion and official languages.

Participants will learn how official languages can be used to promote bilingualism, diversity and inclusion in Canada.

Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Isabelle Mondou, Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage and Champion of the Official Languages Community

Daniel Lee Quan Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Soukaina Boutiyeb, Director General, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne

Francis Trudel, Associate Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Stéphan Déry, President, Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions; Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Services, and official languages cochampion, Public Services and Procurement Canada