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EquiTalks: Bridging our Diversities

Equitas is pleased to announce the upcoming EquiTalks: an inspiring panel discussion with Marie-Claude Landry, the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, on Tuesday, October 25th, at 5 PM EST. This panel discussion will feature thought leaders committed to building a culture of human rights. A cocktail will be held from 5-6pm and the event will be broadcast live from 6 to 7:30pm.

Earlier this year, Equitas and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner jointly launched Bridging Our Diversities: A Compendium of Good Practices in Human Rights Education. This comprehensive publication builds on years of research and analysis conducted by Equitas in close collaboration with organisations in the Global South as a follow-up to an international conference organized in 2017 by Equitas and the OHCHR, supported by Global Affairs Canada.  

This fall, the EquiTalks will focus on the mission of this compendium – using human rights education to address global challenges, promote gender equality, build equitable communities, support reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and engage decision makers. Join us on October 25th, 2022, in downtown Toronto for an evening of compelling conversations on using human rights education to generate positive social change. 

You’re not able to participate in person? This event will also be live-streamed online with French interpretation, closed captioning, and sign language interpretation available.  

To participate, register for the event here

Joining us online?

Our Guest of Honour

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E., Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Marie Claude Landry, Ad.E. has been the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Human Rights Commission since 2015. 

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In addition to her active law practice and rich background in community service, Ms. Landry was a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for 10 years. She was also awarded the distinction Avocat émérite from the Quebec Bar. Ms. Landry is an avid advocate on the behalf of communities in vulnerable circumstances and frequently speaks out on human rights issues in Canada.   

“When we see hate, on such a scale, manifest itself openly, we need leaders to be blunt, we need companies to use their corporate weight to get messages heard and we need governments to mobilize. And this will happen, if, acting together, we sound an alarm that is so loud, so unequivocal, that we will all feel compelled to action.”
– Marie-Claude Landry


Our moderator


Vinod Rajasekaran, Canadian social entrepreneur and CEO of Future of Good.

Vinod is a renowned Canadian social entrepreneur and the publisher and CEO of Future of Good, a digital publication covering the world of social impact for changemakers.

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Vinod was designated as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his various contributions to social impact in Canada. His ground-breaking work and innovations in social research and development are referenced across the world. 

Our panelists

To be announced! 

Supporting the EquiTalks

With your support, Equitas strives to build more inclusive communities,
all while Bridging our Diversities.

But there is still so much to do.

To support these events and Equitas’ mission of advancing equality, we invite you to donate according to your ability to give. Donations of $20 or more will be eligible for a tax receipt. All voluntary contributions from the event will go to support Equitas’ human rights education in Canada and across the globe.  

*For more information, you can contact Sasha Masabanda at smasabanda@equitas.org.

Thank you to our generous partners!

Your organization wants to make a difference and sponsor this event?
Please contact Stephanie Nichols for more information.