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Oct 8 2020 Online Learning /

OAA Webinar | Unconscious Bias in the Profession of Architecture

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Free for OAA Members, Non-Members: $59 + HST

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Webinar Description

Ontario is home to more than 12 million people and is Canada’s most multicultural province. There are people from 200 countries, speaking as many as 130 different languages, who call the province their home. With this level of diversity, many professions experience bias in the workplace. What does this mean to the profession of architecture? How can you create a more inclusive workplace so that you attract and retain diverse architects into your firms? It starts with education!

This session will introduce participants to the concept of Unconscious Bias. Through self-reflection, practical examples and discussion, participants will explore how unconscious bias shapes behaviours and choices in the workplace and which strategies can be implemented to manage its potentially damaging impact.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define conscious and unconscious bias, and describe how biases are acquired.
  2. Use a cyclical model to analyze the impact of bias (discrimination and micro-inequities/macroaggressions).
  3. Recognize workplace behaviours and decisions that may be influenced by bias.
  4. Apply strategies to manage the effects of unconscious bias in the workplace.


Rene Bazile-Jones

A strategic, results-oriented change leader with a broad scope of business experience, Ms. Bazile-Jones is known in both Canada and the United States for her work in diversity and inclusion management, strategic planning, and the management of change.

Renée is an expert equity, diversity, inclusion, and workplace harassment.  She has over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox, AT&T, Shell Canada, and public sector organizations including the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, the City of Guelph, and the Peel District School Board.

Renée has written and consulted extensively on how the world of work will change in the future, and was a featured speaker at the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs’ planning forum on The Future World of Work.  Renée co-authored “Measuring the Impact of Diversity”, an issues paper co-funded by the Society of Management Accountants of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.  She has recently published articles on Aspects of Sexism and Workplace Harassment for the publication Controllership Alert.

Registration Fee

Registration is free for OAA members
Non-Members: $59 + HST

To register, click here. 

** Registration will be closed on October 7 at 11:59 PM. **