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BEAT: Forum - What is Your Unconscious Bias?

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BEAT’s annual Forum is devoted to diversity and inclusion in the architecture and design industry. This year’s inaugural BEAT Forum is focused on the topic of Unconscious Bias.

Toronto has become known as the most “diverse” city in the world (BBC Radio, 2016). As such, issues surrounding ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and discrimination of all kinds, remain at the forefront of Toronto’s contemporary society. How are these issues being addressed within the profession of architecture? How are we addressing unconscious bias in the workplace? How do the experiences of architecture students, academics and professionals differ based on their demographic background? How can we develop and promote an inclusive profession that represents the most diverse city in the world? Through a series of presentations and discussion, this event will raise awareness, share experiences and provide tools for ‘inclusion’, that will inspire the audience to become part of the solution to a more inclusive architectural profession.



Special Presentation on Behalf of the Toronto Society of Architects

Ana-Francisca de la Mora, Associate and Manager of Architecture, IBI Group  and TSA Executive Member

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects

Vanessa Fong  Principal Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect  and OAA Council Vice President

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Susan Ruptash  Principal Emeritus, Quadrangle  and RAIC board member representing Ontario Southwest

Keynote Presentation on Unconscious Bias

Loreli Buenaventura  Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Panel Discussion Moderator

Brigitte Shim  Principal, Shim Sutcliffe


David Fortin  Associate Professor and Director, McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University

Ruba Kana’an  Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Toronto Mississauga

Fadi Masoud  Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto

Kate Nelischer  Assistant Dean of Academic and Outreach, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto

Schedule & Details

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Great Hall at OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Level 2
Toronto, ON

Registration    |   9:00 am – 10:00 am

Seminar Part I - Understanding Unconscious Bias   |    10:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break  |    11:15 am – 11:30 am

Seminar Part II - Panel Discussion  |    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Coffee, tea and light fare will be provided by BEAT.

This event has been generously sponsored by OCAD University, and Mason Images.

This event qualifies for OAA ConEd.

Tickets are $30 each. Ticket sales begin Sept 26th at 11:00 am

Thank you to our supporters:

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