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Conference Location:

George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
(245 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4)

Registration is located on the main floor lobby.


1 Day Institute - May 9, 2018  



7:00 am- 11:00 am Check in & On-Site Registration
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. All-Day Institutes
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Keynote by Rinaldo Walcott
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Film Screening
1st Day Conference - May 10, 2018  



7:30am - 8:45 am Coffee w/ the Founder
7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Check-In & On-site Registration
8:30 a.m. Theater Doors Open
9:00 am- 9:30 am Opening Ceremonies
9:30 am - 10:00 am Welcoming Address
10:00 am - 11:00 am Keynote by Shirley Cheechoo
11:15 am - 12:45 pm Workshops – Session I
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch Break
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Keynote by Adrien K. Wing
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Workshops- Session 2
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Caucuses
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Film Screening
2nd Day Conference - May 11, 2018  



8:00 am - 11:00 am Check-In & On-site Registration
8:30 am Theater Doors Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcoming Address/Announcements
10:00 am - 11:00 am Keynote by Desmond Cole
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Workshops - Session 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote by Ritu Bhasin
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Workshops- Session 2
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Caucuses
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Keynote by Idil Abdillahi


3rd Day Conference- May 12, 2018  



7:30 am - 8:45 am Coffee w/ the Founder
8:00 am - 11:00 am Check-In & Onsite Registration
8:30 am Theater Doors open
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcoming Address & Announcements
9:30 am - 10:30 am Keynote by Jane Fernandes  
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Action Planning & Workshops- Session 1
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Workshops- Session 2
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Keynote by John Powell and Closing Ceremonies
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Caucuses

About the 1-Day Institutes

You have the option to register for this pre-conference event. The one-day institute is designed for participants who wish to deepen their conference experience within a certain topic of your choosing. This is also a great option for participants who have only one day to attend the conference.

About the Conference

Each day of the conference features keynote presentations from inspiring leading experts as well as a series of workshops, presentations and plenary sessions for you to choose from. We give you the tools to examine challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

About the Viola Desmond Awards & Banquet 

On May 11th, 2018, we will award the achievements of several accomplished Black women in Canada and celebrate the debut of $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond, the first Black woman to be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note.


Enjoy free admission to marketplace featuring a diverse array of exhibitors and vendors from the community.

Learn More (opens in new window)  about the marketplace and how to be a vendor.

Film Screenings

Join us for film screenings that are free and open to the public on May 9th and 10th. The documentary film screenings are an opportunity for conference attendees and community members to gather and view films that explore issues and ideas that are relevant to the conference. Film makers and people connected to the film will be available for talk back sessions to engage with the audience. These films are free and open to the public.