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Michael Bach keynote speaker

Michael Bach

    • Award-winning and best-selling author and global executive with deep experience in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
    • Author of Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work
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Michael Bach: South West LHIN 2017 Quality Symposium

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Michael Bach Speaker Biography


Michael Bach is a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. He is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), CCDI Consulting and Pride at Work Canada.

Michael has worked professionally in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility for nearly 20 years, most recently as the founding CEO of CCDI and CCDI Consulting.

Prior to taking on this role, he was the national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG Canada. Additionally, Michael spent 2½ years as Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.

Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named:

- Women of Influence’s Canadian Diversity Champions
- Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader
-Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year
-Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award
- Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s IS Award
- Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award

Under Michael’s leadership, CCDI and CCDI Consulting received numerous awards, including winning the Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Award in the category of Diversity/Employment Equity Consultant in all the years the award has been given out (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022). Michael has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation.

His 2020 book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right is a Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Amazon best-seller, and recipient of the silver 2020 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Rising to the Moment. His new book Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion was released in March of 2022 and is a Toronto Start best-seller.

He lives in Toronto with his husband Mike, and their two fur-babies Sasha and Pepper.

The Right IDEA: Doing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Right
“Diversity” and “inclusion” have become buzzwords. They’re used in casual conversation by CEOs and world leaders alike. But how do you actually do diversity and inclusion right, in a way that isn’t performative, and has the intended impact?

Knowing that diversity and inclusion are important and knowing where to begin when developing an IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) program or strategy, are two different things. Many workplaces know that IDEA is both the right thing and the smart thing to do, but simply don’t know where to start.

The Right IDEA: Doing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Right is an engaging and witty look at how organizations can get started on their IDEA journey. Based on his best-selling and award-winning book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, Michael presents his 6-step model on how an organization can start and stay on its IDEA journey.

Learning Objectives

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of:
- The pillars of an IDEA business case.
- What components to include in an assessment.
- The secret ingredient to a successful IDEA strategy.
- How to measure IDEA.

The Smart IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility is Good Business
“Diversity” and “inclusion” have become buzz words. They’re used in casual conversation by CEOs and world leaders alike. But what do these words mean, why do they matter, and how are they going to impact your ability to operate?

It is undeniable that a focus on IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) is a necessity for every employer, but can every employer articulate the infamous “business case” as to why IDEA is critical to their success?

The Smart IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility is Good Business is an engaging and witty look at the business case for why any organization should be applying an IDEA lens to everything they do. Based on his best-selling and award-winning book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, Michael presents a clearly articulated business case for IDEA, based on data and research, that shows why any employer not only should have a focus on IDEA, but must in order to ensure success in the future.

Learning Objectives

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of:
- The terminology commonly used, such as “inclusion”, “diversity”, “equity” and “accessibility”.
- The people imperative: looking at the massive demographic shifts that are driving the need for change.
- The research that shows the positive impacts an IDEA focus can have on the top and bottom line of an organization.

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Measuring Success in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
“Diversity” and “inclusion” have become buzz words. They’re used in casual conversation by CEOs and world leaders alike. Many leaders have realized that inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) must be strategic priorities to ensure their organization’s success, but they don’t have a clear understanding of how to measure IDEA. Key to sustaining an IDEA journey is the ability to measure – and in particular measure the return on investment (ROI) – to understand if your efforts are addressing the challenges your organization is facing, and if the work is adding value to your top and bottom line.

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Measuring Success in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility is an entertaining and informative look at the “what” and “how” of IDEA measurement. Based on his book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, and his extensive experience in data analytics, Michael Bach shares key concepts on how to measure diversity, how to measure inclusion, and how to understand the ROI of your IDEA efforts.

Learning Objectives

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of:
- How to measure demographics.
- How to measure inclusion.
- Other key areas you can measure that will show the ROI of IDEA

Watch Your Blind Spot: An Introduction to Unconscious Bias
The concept of unconscious or implicit bias isn’t a new one. It dates back to an experiment done by social psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald in the late 1990s. It shows us that our brains are constantly gathering information, at an unconscious level, and categorizing that information into patterns that help us make decisions in a fraction of a second… regardless of whether the information is accurate or not.

When you combine the concept of unconscious bias with inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, we find the secret ingredient as to why inclusion doesn’t happen naturally, and what is holding us back from achieving true inclusion.

Watch Your Blind Spot: An Introduction to Unconscious Bias is an informative and thought provoking look at the concept of unconscious bias, and how it is impacting our behavior on a daily basis. Based on his award-winning and best-selling book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, Michael Bach focuses on the individual and how unconscious bias can be getting in the way of our organization’s goal of creating inclusive spaces for all.

Learning Objectives

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of:
- The origin of unconscious bias.
- How unconscious bias is affecting our day-to-day decision making.
- What we can do as individuals to address our biases.

My Superpower is Privilege: Understanding Your Secret Weapon to Create Inclusive Spaces
The word privilege gets thrown around a lot, and often not as a compliment. But what is privilege? How do you get it? And how can you use it to make your organization, and society, a better place for all?

A privilege is defined as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.” When it comes to inclusions, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA), we tend to talk about things like “white privilege” or “male privilege”. What about “financial privilege” or “educational privilege”? There are many forms of privilege and while not everyone possesses every type of privilege, many people have some form of privilege, in some way, whether they know it or not.

My Superpower is Privilege: Understanding Your Secret Weapon to Create Inclusive Spaces is an entertaining and informative look at the concept of privilege, and how it can be used to the advantage of others. Based on his award-winning and best-selling book Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right, Michael Bach focuses on the individual and how those with certain privileges can use that privilege to make spaces more inclusive for all people.

Learning Objectives

Participants will come away with a clear understanding of:
- The concept of and various kinds of privilege.
- How privilege can impact people’s lives.
- How they can use their privilege to the advantage of others.

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