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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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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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Ascend Asks: Dr. Bruce Choy, Managing Director, PwC Canada and Governor, George Brown College

Introducing Ascend Asks – our new series featuring a variety of senior leaders on their career journey, industry insights and how they advocate diversity and inclusion every day. Bruce Choy has worked in most corners of the world – North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Australasia. Now, he calls Canada home. To say that…

November 4, 2020
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Allyship between the Asian and Black Community

By Tazrian Alam When my two worlds collide! As a member of Ascend Canada and the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP), it was especially meaningful to see these two organizations shine a light on the importance of allyship between Black and Asian communities. It gave me pause, as so many of these kinds…

October 7, 2020
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Ascend Canada Conference 2020 from the Lens of a New Canadian

But, through a friend, I got an opportunity to hear from impactful change-makers in Corporate Canada at the recent ASCEND Canada Annual Conference. What I loved most about the Conference was the well thought out program agenda. The topics ranged from the mindset of personal growth to the importance of mentorship and the value of…

October 7, 2020
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How listening to the community helped a footwear company grow and give back during the pandemic

Vessi Footwear’s rising success over the last two years could simply be attributed to one thing — their willingness to listen. From two resounding Kickstarter campaign responses in 2018 — raising $1.25 million and $1.4 million — which provided confidence to pursue the business, to actively seeking feedback throughout their rise as major Asian-Canadian innovators…

October 6, 2020
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