Toronto: Disrupting Unconscious Bias | A Critical Step Towards Inclusive Workplaces

Date and Time

Starts:09/02/2021 5:00 PM

Ends:09/02/2021 7:00 PM

Registration Closes:09/01/2021 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar Series






Additional Information

NO CPD HOURS FOR THIS EVENT. Registration closes

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Companies know that inclusive teams enhance performance. Yet, despite progressive policies and programs supporting diversity & inclusion, most companies struggle to achieve either. It begs the question…why?
Prevailing research on diversity initiatives suggests that one of the main barriers to inclusivity is the persistence of unconscious bias. Bias can impair our judgment of competence, potential, and performance – which can then impact to whom an organization listens and who they promote.

For example, some categories of people are consistently being talked over, and have fewer opportunities to demonstrate their competence. This bias becomes internalized and the disregarded individuals stop contributing. In fact, they can become socialized to hold back their ideas and contributions, thereby getting up for promotions and increased responsibilities. It is indeed a vicious cycle.

Even the best of HR and diversity practices intended to leverage employee potential can and will be sabotaged by unconscious bias. If left unchecked, unconscious bias become a veritable and significant barrier to inclusion for any organization. Part of the solution? Becoming increasingly aware of our biases, allows us to mitigate and counteract them, for the betterment of the organization and for society as a whole.
This engaging presentation will deepen your self-awareness and reveal blind spots. Using tangible and relatable exercises, you will learn the following:


  • Understand unconscious bias and how it manifests in your day-to-day, such that you can make intentional efforts to mitigate such bias.
  • Learn common types of unconscious bias and how they affect the way you perceive, evaluate, and react to others so that you can work better with others and build more collaborative relationships.
  • Identify interventions that will help override errors in judgment and decision-making so that you can build more diverse & inclusive teams.


5:00-5:30PM Networking
5:30PM Intro and Welcome
5:40PM Speaker Presentation
6:40PM Q&A

Learning & Giving back! As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!

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Speaker bio(s)
Chris Asper

Chris Asper is a leadership coach who specializes in creating inclusive workplaces and developing first-time managers. A graduate from the Ivey Business School, he has +14 years of HR experience in Training & Development, Recruitment, and Organizational Development. Recently, he was the OD Manager for an international non-profit, where he oversaw performance management, leadership development, and employee engagement. To help employees overcome their bias, he designed and delivered a workshop now known as “Disrupting Bias.” This four-hour workshop combines the latest in research, his education in D&I, and real workplace examples. The result is an engaging session that entertains, equips, and empowers attendants to challenge their assumptions.