DiliTrust Ottawa Regional Event

Monday, May 9, 2022 at the Novotel Ottawa, ON

Let’s Talk Governance: In-person Event



Join the DiliTrust team on May 9, 2022 in beautiful downtown Ottawa for an afternoon of inspirational speakers, networking, and discovery.


who is this for?

Legal ops, Board Members, Directors, In-house counsel and Legal Department Heads, we welcome you to attend this networking event in Ottawa with Keynotes on hot topics such as Diversity & Inclusion and ESG.


The Novotel Downtown Ottawa Hotel



ESG and the Future of Board Governance 

Environmental Social Governance (ESG) is receiving unprecedented attention and for good reason.  Companies are committing to action on climate change and confronting social inequality as the world continues to manage the impacts of a global pandemic and rising political conflict. So where should corporate leaders focus their resources right now?

With oversight from the Board of Directors, senior executives have any opportunity to get in front of crisis and manage a broad set of risks proactively. Companies that put the policies and processes in place to manage social and environmental issues today, will continue to attract capital, retain engaged employees and protect brand reputation tomorrow.

In this session we will explore the current state of ESG, the emerging reporting standards and how to embed ESG into your strategy as your organization prepares for the evolving ESG reporting expectations.

Speaker: Steven Fish, Independent ESG Advisor

Steven has been at the forefront of responsible business leadership for more than 15 years; through his own ventures, as an in-house practitioner and as an advocate for Canadian corporate leadership.

During his time leading corporate social responsibility for a large publicly traded cannabis producer, Steven created their first Environmental Social Governance (ESG) materiality assessment, developed ESG oversight with the Board of Directors and provided sustainability leadership to the cannabis industry association.

Steven served as the Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) from 2012 – 2017 where he worked with Canadian companies from all sectors to share best practices, advocate for progressive policy and advise on the risks and opportunities related to their social and environmental performance.

Steven is an independent ESG advisor and continues to serve as an Education Council Member to the Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility & Sustainability at St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.


Think in Terms of Impact: Building Workplace Legal Cultures Where Everyone Can Thrive


Does your legal department or Board practice diversity, equity and inclusion based mainly on “good intent?” “Intent” is a prominent crutch often relied on by individuals and companies to rationalize and justify a DEI strategy gone wrong. “Impact” on your culture, workplace systems, and people should be your first assessment in building DEI systems that achieve a workplace culture where everyone can thrive and prosper.

This essential primer will dig into our impact as the underlying and vital foundation for doing DEI in Canadian Legal Departments. Far too often, in a rush to do “something” we see well-intentioned organizations and their legal departments rush forward without a thoughtful strategy. Decisions are made based on the “intent” of leaders, and fail to consider the “impact” their actions may have, or be perceived to have, on #women, #black, #indigenous, #racialized, #disabled and #lgbtq leaders and employees. Learn from actual case studies of how a failure to drive strategy based on science, data, and impact can achieve an outcome that may be detrimental to your organization’s culture.

Speaker: Naveen Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Culturworks

As a workplace culture, anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion strategist, and educator, Naveen has been delivering illuminating and actionable training and keynotes for more than a decade.  Relying on technology as the backbone of a data & science-based approach, he provides practical advice to pioneering and courageous leaders looking to build high performing cultures and world-class leadership.

As he continues his work to support organizations and individuals, Naveen has held executive level roles relating to EDI for the last 20 years. Most recently as Chief Legal Officer for MESH/diversity, a technology-based EDI/Behavioural Metrics platform, and as an accomplished litigator, General Counsel and Director of EDI.   He is actively involved in supporting the Canadian workplace community work towards becoming a more contemporary and inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive.


Registration will open at 1pm. (Must have the confirmation email that your registration has been accepted.)
Keynotes will be followed by a complimentary cocktail networking session with bites to eat.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know.

FREE REGISTRATIoN | limited seating – All registrations will be confirmed.

This program contains 1 EDI Professionalism Hour.



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