Lead the Shift is a development program delivered by the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and PEI Connectors.

The goal of the program is to ensure newcomers to PEI find employment that matches their education, skills, and work experience, to help address labour market shortages in the province. To achieve this, Lead the Shift is focused on developing a greater capacity within organizations to welcome newcomer talent that will support business success.

This program is for leaders and professionals (HR, CEO, etc.) who are responsible for overseeing strategies within their organizations and who want to be more inclusive: to lead, engage, and work with diverse teams.

A NEWCOMER WORK READY PROGRAM

Registration Details

We are happy to be able to offer this program at no cost to participants. To optimize this opportunity for the benefit of your employees, potential employees and business, the investment we require is full participation in all elements of the program. We know that this investment will be worth it. Two participants per organization are welcome to attend the program. Each participant is to fill out the form separately.

Register above to be added to the list for the next cohort.

A NEWCOMER WORK READY PROGRAM

Registration Details

We are happy to be able to offer this program at no cost to participants. To optimize this opportunity for the benefit of your employees, potential employees and business, the investment we require is full participation in all elements of the program. We know that this investment will be worth it. Two participants per organization are welcome to attend the program. Each participant is to fill out the form separately.

Register above to be added to the list for the next cohort.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain valuable information, tools, and knowledge to develop diversity and inclusion (D&I) competencies in the workplace
  • Understand how these competencies apply to your business
  • Develop a foundation for the implementation and evaluation of D&I strategies
  • Develop a framework for D&I policies within your organization
  • Understand cultural diversity, evidence and research-based hiring practices, and the impacts of microaggressions and unconscious bias.

 

Program Structure

  • Free seven-week program delivered virtually via Zoom
  • Includes seven workshops with guest speakers
  • Includes one-on-one consulting sessions focused on helping you develop D&I policies within your organization
  • Hear true stories and experiences from newcomers to PEI
  • Learn from businesses who have implemented D&I policies

At the end of the program, you will have developed a greater capacity to welcome newcomer talent to support the success of your business. You will have a greater understanding of attraction, recruitment, selection, on-boarding and retention practices to use within your organization.

Testimonials

Hear what past participants are saying about the program:

“The Lead the Shift Program helped us plan which steps to take next, and which strategies could help build lasting change in our organization.

Through first-hand accounts from newcomers, experts in the field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and through shared lessons from other organizations, we were able to better assess where we are now and how to move forward effectively. “

– Steve Bellamy, CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts (September 2020)

“If you are a person responsible for the well-being and retention of staff, and know you need to do something and don’t know where to start, start here with Lead the Shift. Even if you are farther along your DEI journey, these sessions provide valuable resources and is an efficient way to get up to speed and check in with a professional on what you’ve already done… That this training is offered for free, is amazing. I commend the Chamber for leading by example to support companies with limited budgets for professional HR development…”

– Kelly Burke, CEO, SilverOrange (June 2021)

“Lead the Shift is a great initiative from the Charlottetown Chamber that offers leaders from different local organizations to go beyond diversity and inclusion training and implement meaningful change within your organization… Thank you for providing us this opportunity and would recommend this training for any leader in PEI!”

– Chérine Stevula, General Director, Carrefour de L’Isle-Saint-Jean (June 2021)

For more information

Barbara Kalil

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, PEI Connectors
bkalil@charlottetownchamber.com
902.628.200 ext. 230

about our facilitator


Amanda Fernandez, MI, MBA, Founder, Inclusifyy

“I founded Inclusifyy to invest my skills, knowledge, and privilege into countering inequitable workplace practices. I am single-minded about DEI and setting our clients up for success: I guide change-makers in creating corporate cultures where all employees have the support and tools they need to thrive.

I have extensive experience in people-management, leading large-scale organizational change, project management, and overall business awesomeness.

I believe in creating meaningful personal connections through empathetic listening, powerful story-telling, and salty language. I am a fan of quality whisky and bourbon, and my voice goes up two octaves when I see any non-human animal.”

For more information

Barbara Kalil

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, PEI Connectors
bkalil@charlottetownchamber.com
902.628.200 ext. 230

about our facilitator


Amanda Fernandez, MI, MBA, Founder, Inclusifyy

“I founded Inclusifyy to invest my skills, knowledge, and privilege into countering inequitable workplace practices. I am single-minded about DEI and setting our clients up for success: I guide change-makers in creating corporate cultures where all employees have the support and tools they need to thrive.

I have extensive experience in people-management, leading large-scale organizational change, project management, and overall business awesomeness.

I believe in creating meaningful personal connections through empathetic listening, powerful story-telling, and salty language. I am a fan of quality whisky and bourbon, and my voice goes up two octaves when I see any non-human animal.”

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