All eyes on allies — How to create inclusive work cultures in a time of cancel culture
- March 24, 2022
- 4:00 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT
- TRS 7th Floor, CPA Lounge room #1-003 - 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C5
- Open To
- Ryerson community, public
- Inthuja Rajagopalan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited capacity for in-person event.
About our guest speaker
As Vice President and Head 2SLGBTQ+ & Black Customer Segments, TD Bank Group, Al and his team act as a key liaison between Retail, Wealth and Business Banking to embed segment support across the enterprise. Designing and executing innovative strategies for both segments, these programs are considered leading edge within the financial industry across North America.
Originally from Jamaica, Al and his family moved to Canada in 1994 to start a new life and complete his education. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University. Over the past 20 years in the financial industry, Al has held increasingly senior positions supporting TD’s Diversity and Inclusion mandate leading customer, employee, and community initiatives. He has been instrumental in helping TD to become a leader in the 2SLGBTQ+ and communities.
Al’s previous work experience at TD includes: Associate Vice President, Diverse Customer Segments; National Manager, Diversity Community Relations; Senior Manager, Corporate Diversity; Senior Manager, Marketing Diversity and Branch Manager.
Al has a passion for advancing inclusiveness in the workplace and in his community. He spearheaded the launch of several of TD's Employee Resource Groups, including its 2SLGBTQ+ and Black Employee Networks which have now expanded to include thousands of employees across North America.
He has served on numerous work committees and boards championing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Currently, Al sits on the board of Rainbow Railroad and the Dean's Advisory Council at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. He is a trusted advisor to the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and ExeQutive group.
In 2016, Al was awarded TD's Vision in Action Award, the Bank's highest honour for an employee. In 2018, Al was awarded the Ted Rogers School of Management's Trailblazer Alumni Award for his leadership work in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In 2020, Al was the recipient of the International Day of Pink Executive Pride Award and the National Business Leader of the Year by the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contributions in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In 2021, Al was recognized by The Black Professional Business Association, Decade Leaders Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, and Start Proud Leaders to be Proud of Award, for Professional Excellence. In 2022, Al was honoured by The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention with the Lifetime Advocacy Award, the recipient of the Black on Bay Ball Trailblazer Award, and most recently Al was named one of Canada's 100 Most Influential Black Canadians.
In his spare time, Al is an advocate for promoting health, wellness and creating safe spaces for everyone to feel a sense of belonging. He also enjoys mentoring students and young professionals to help them achieve their full potential both personally and professionally.