Four community champions to receive Ascend Canada Leadership Award
Celebrating achievements of a rising star, a mentor, an innovator, and an exceptional Ascend Canada volunteer  Ascend Canada congratulates recipients of the Ascend Canada Leadership Awards, an annual celebration to honour individuals who exemplify personal dedication and professional achievement.  “This year’s recipients are community champions who are building an inclusive tomorrow. We’re proud to recognize...
April 12, 2021
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Take 5: The value of being you
Erin Latimer, a Canadian Paralympian, recently held an Ascend Café Office Hour where she shared her journey in the sports and corporate world. The following are her five rules to live by, in her own words. By Erin Latimer In both the sports and the corporate world, we have very specific ideas of what success...
March 31, 2021
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Read, watch and listen: What changed the way I thought about my career

The things we read, watch and listen can deeply influence the way we think and the decisions we make. As part of our International Women’s Day spotlight, we asked some dynamic women to share their go-to resources and the impact it had on their careers. Angie Kim, Vice President, Operations, Loblaw Companies Limited Read: The…

March 31, 2021
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Ep 9: Choosing to Challenge: Women leading the way

Anilisa Sainani, RBC’s Chief Accountant and Jas Hothi, EY Partner

March 25, 2021
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Black History Month: The Importance of Being an Ally

As we celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of Black Canadians, Ascend Canada members share the importance of being an ally. Not just this month, but throughout the year. “Understanding and celebrating Black history is an issue close to my heart. Whether it’s Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, the Obamas or…

February 22, 2021
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Adapting to Change: The Crucial Role of Food Banks in Supporting Minority Communities

With the holidays in full swing, everyone is getting into the spirit of giving. Amid the ongoing pandemic, many non-profit and charitable organizations such as Canada’s food banks are facing a challenging time within their communities. An estimated 4.5 million Canadians experience food insecurity. Corporate giving is more important than ever this year as many…

December 28, 2020
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Mental Health Effects of Racism and Emotional Tax in the Age of COVID-19

Ten months into a pandemic, it seems we are facing a great test as a society. Not only are many areas across Canada facing second waves just as winter is beginning, but we are also taking a sharper focus on systemic racism this year.

December 24, 2020
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Ascend Asks: Bert Floyd, Senior Manager, Assistive Technologies, TD

In this month’s Ascend Asks, Bert Floyd, Senior Manager, Assistive Technologies, TD, shares his insights on the future of assistive technologies and its impact on building inclusive workplaces. By Carolyn AysonSenior Manager, Enterprise Project Delivery Excellence, TD Bank Group and AVP, Student Affairs, Ascend Canada Inclusion is more than a commitment, it’s an action. And…

December 17, 2020
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Happy holidays 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other.

December 15, 2020
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Ep 8: Disability & Leadership – Being inclusive by design

Varun Chandak, Founder, Access to Success Organization

December 2, 2020
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