By Amina Dibe / RESCON
On Thursday, September 10, RESCON will hold a webinar focused on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion in construction and launch the Construction Against Racism Everywhere (CARE) initiative.
"In light of recent deplorable acts of racism on downtown Toronto construction sites, RESCON is taking a leadership role and creating a space for the industry to discuss racism in construction,” said Richard Lyall, president of RESCON. “As an industry, we condemn these acts and will continue to work with government and labour partners to address any and all incidents that may arise."
The webinar, which will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m., will be held via Zoom and feature a legal update from Diane Laranja (Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP) and a panel discussion with Danielle Feidler (Tridel), Fatima Saya (The Daniels Corporation), Jason Ottey (LiUNA Local 183) and moderator Amina Dibe (RESCON).
Following is the agenda:
1:30 – 1:40 p.m.: Introduction
1:40 – 2:20 p.m.: Legal commentary and Q&A from Diane Laranja of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
2:20 – 2:55 p.m.: Panel discussion with labour and industry representatives
- Jason Ottey, director of government relations and communications, LiUNA Local 183
- Danielle Feidler, senior vice president of brand experience, Tridel
- Fatima Saya, manager of community partnerships, The Daniels Corporation
In addition, we are encouraging all members and sub-trades to engage in our CARE initiative. As a kickoff, RESCON has created two CARE hard hat stickers (one low-rise and one high-rise) which workers can add to their hardhats.
Members can either contact RESCON (through Amina Dibe) to obtain RESCON CARE stickers or obtain the template and add their own company logo.
The webinar and CARE sticker campaign represent the start of our collective actions. Future activities will stem from the Sept. 10 webinar and will likely include a roundtable where interested stakeholders will be invited to discuss racism in construction.
"2020 has been a tumultuous year and challenged construction in ways which we never imagined," said Andrew Pariser, vice president of RESCON. "However, these challenges are creating opportunities for change and improvement. We must use them as a catalyst for long-term improvement across construction and we must expand our focus to include diversity, inclusion, and equity."
To register for the event or for more information on the CARE initiative, please contact Amina Dibe at firstname.lastname@example.org.