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Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Audley Recreation Centre
1955 Audley Road, Ajax, ON
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  • Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Town Run Event

Event Details:

1 day. 3 keynotes. 5 presentations. Bring your ideas, challenge your thinking.

The Ajax Diversity Exchange is a positive space created by the Town of Ajax to encourage our community to listen to stories, discuss and learn about inclusion issues impacting our community from many points of view.

The Town is proud to present the fourth annual idea exchange on Saturday, November 16, 2019, featuring distinguished speaker Hon. Jean Augustine, with special presentations from John Draper, Pamela Palmater and Elisa Hategan.

This event is free for residents!

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9 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony

10 a.m. Keynote Speakers

  • Hon. Jean Augustine
    • Shares her journey as the first African-Candian female member of the House of Commons.
  • John Draper - We/Rock
    • Speaking about the growing challenges of accommodations in the workplace.
  • Pamela Palmater - Ryerson University
    • Speaking about the history of Canada's Indigenous People and why it matters more now than ever!
  • Elisa Hategan - Hearts of Hate: A Former Neo-Nazi's Journey from Hate to Hope
    • Speaking about her experience being a part of and overcoming Canada's White Nationalist movement. 

12 p.m. Networking Lunch (free)

1 p.m. Spotlight on Durham Region:

  • Human Trafficking in Durham Region
  • Update on Community Work - Durham Region Accessibility Awareness Working Group (DRAAW)
  • Update on Community Work - Ajax / Pickering Welcome Centre
  • Update on Community Work - Durham College

2:40 p.m. Panel: Diversity and Inclusion in Durham Region - Featuring:

  • Monica Kendal, Diversity and Inclusion Officer - City of Oshawa
  • Kim Evans, Supervisor of Seniors’ Services - Town of Whitby
  • Erica Mittag, Community Development Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion - Town of Clarington
  • Jesse St. Amant, Coordinator Cultural Services - City of Pickering

Moderator: Sarah Hickman - Region of Durham

3:30 p.m. Closing

*Please note that dialogue, questions and comments are welcome. However, we require that participants adhere to a strict code of conduct, which will be posted on site. Those in violation may be asked to leave.

Register for the Ajax Diversity Exchange now!


Audley Recreation Centre


Jai Sahak


Free for the public / $40 - for service providers


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