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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force


Since the formation of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force was announced in August 2020, we have been diligently reviewing the structure of the Chapter. Examining every aspect from the leadership team to chapter resources to volunteer opportunities, we took a deep dive into it all to see where gaps and opportunities lay.


After compiling the above findings, the recommendations listed below were presented to the Board of Directors. With the Board's support the Task Force will remain a Task Force through June 30, 2022. This will allow the Task Force, the Board of Directors and the Leadership Selection Committee enough time to discuss the criteria – including vision, strategic goals and leadership – required for the formation of a permanent Diversity, Equity & Inclusion entity to commence as of July 1, 2022.


Here are the Task Force’s recommendations:


1: Remain as a Task Force during fiscal 2021-22 to allow enough time to further develop the permanency of the DE&I initiative within the Chapter.

2: Appoint a VP to continue to drive the strategic conversations at Board level.

3: Appoint a new Task Force co-lead by June 1, 2021 to ensure continuity.

4: Allocate funds in the 2021-22 Fiscal Budget to allow for hiring of a diversity & inclusion expert.


Part of the role of the Task Force is to compile and share resources for the benefit of members of MPI Toronto.


Resources can be found below:

    MPI Toronto Chapter Site Map / Contents at

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

    • Landing page w/ most current MPI Toronto Chapter DEI Task Force Update and linked resource categories beneath:

      Table of Contents

    • This Document

    Holidays & Observances >

    • 2020-2021 Events Calendar with Religious, Cultural, Celebratory Days, Weeks & Months
    • Observance Information & History
    • February – Black History Month
    • May – Asian Heritage Month
    • May 5 – Red Dress Day for MMIWG2S
    • May 20 – Gold Ribbon Day for AAPI Anti-Racism

    General Information >

    • MPI Toronto Diversity Equity & Inclusion Commitment / Mission
    • MPI Toronto Diversity Equity & Inclusion Task Force February 2021 Update
    • Association Links

      DEI Education Opportunities >

    • Certifications & Courses
    • Webinars, Seminars, and Events

    DEI Digital Sources & Publications >

    • Articles & Blogs
    • Books > Book Clubs & Blogs
    • Magazines & Newsletters
    • MPI Global Resources > #RealTalk Dialogue Series
    • Podcasts
    • Videos                

    DEI Event Planning Resources >

    • Checklist Samples
    • DEI Speakers
    • Accessibility & Language Resources > Captioning & Translation Services
    • Tips

    DEI Strategy Resources >

    • Consultants, Facilitators & Strategic Services
    • Business Cases, Studies & Reports
    • Memberships & Organizations with DEI Resources
    • Toolkits, Templates & Sample Programs > Catalyst Resources

    Holidays & Observances site:

    Disclaimer for site:
    As a newly-minted task force championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for MPI Toronto, we aim to offer resources that are accurate, up-to-date, and useful.

    For a list of important observances and dates relating to DEI, we have opted to use this external source, provided by Diversity for Social Impact, whose headquarters are in Toronto. 

    We have found it to be an extensive listing, and any missing or new observances can be added upon request.  Please feel free to submit omissions, along with an explanation of what the observance you’re submitting is and a supporting web link, directly to:


    Articles and Blogs:


    Book Clubs and Blogs:

    Magazines and Newsletters:

    MPI Global Resources:



    Consultants, Facilitators & Strategic Services:

    Business Cases, Studies & Reports:

    Memberships & Organizations:

    Toolkits, Templates, and Sample Programs:



    The resource library will continue to grow as more become available.

    The current DE&I Leadership Team are:

    • Dwayne Rutherford, DES - VP DE&I and Membership
    • Mandy Moon - Director of DE&I and Membership

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