Leading Change: Considerations for your next EDII initiative

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This past year, organizations have made public commitments for creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. It is the right thing to do morally, and it is also a strategic imperative. Research indicates that these businesses have outperformed their peers on several variables that include the rate of innovation, top-line returns, and cash flow generated per employee. Despite these findings, many other small and large businesses struggle to align their people and resources effectively and fail to harvest all the advantages from robust EDII (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenization) initiatives.

Smith Business Club Toronto invites you to attend a panel discussion focused on EDII, specifically examining case studies and examples of corporations who have implemented EDII initiatives successfully and made a positive impact. By considering the lessons learned, the audience will ideally be left with tangible action items to take back to their respective organizations.

Moderated by Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Organizational Behaviour, Christine Coulter, please join expert panelists Malini Giridhar, Vice President, Business Development & Regulatory, ENBRIDGE GAS INC., Charles Marful, MIR’94, Director, Canada’s Talent Team, Ernst & Young, and Randeep Purewal, MBA’17, CEO & Founder of Divercial Group, as they share examples of successful EDII initiatives that they have observed or implemented, discuss challenges that they have encountered and explain how they have measured progress and success.

Thursday, February 4, 2021
12-1 pm EST


Christine Coulter

Christine Coulter, BA'98, MIR'14
Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Organizational Behaviour
Lecturer, Smith School of Business

Christine Coulter is a faculty member in the organizational behaviour/human resources area group. She teaches human resources, human capital management, and industrial relations in the Commerce and MBA programs. She has delivered sessions in Executive Education and presents at academic and corporate conferences about human resources and diversity and inclusion topics as well as on teaching and pedagogy. Christine is interested in the vast complexity of employee relations, especially: employee rights and accommodation, diversity and inclusion, and the regulation of work and workplaces.

Christine is Chair of the Smith Academic Appeals Committee and sits on various Queen’s and Smith committees. She has also held administrative positions at Smith, and regularly consults on policy and procedure across the school. Prior to joining Queen’s in 2001, Christine worked as a project analyst at the Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in Toronto.

Christine holds a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Arts from Western University and a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s. She holds Certificates in Human Rights Theory and Adjudication from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and has been a contributing panel member for the Human Resource Professional Association CHRP Knowledge Exams. She also writes teaching cases for courses and case competitions.


Malini Giridhar

Malini Giridhar
Vice President, Business Development & Regulatory, Enbridge Gas Inc.

Malini is accountable for the utility’s external stakeholder relationships with regulators, municipal governments and the public to ensure Enbridge Gas Inc. is positioned as the energy provider of choice in both current and emerging markets. Malini’s accountabilities also include energy conservation, marketing and business development, including the advancement of lower-carbon solutions and technology innovation.

Malini was previously Vice President, Market Development, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, where she held a similar portfolio. In a prior executive role, Malini led the team responsible for Enbridge Gas Distribution’s largest capital project, working collaboratively with stakeholders to secure regulatory approval for a major pipeline project in the Greater Toronto Area.

Malini is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a graduate degree in Economics. She joined Enbridge in 1994 as a Financial Analyst and held progressively senior positions in the Regulatory and Gas Supply groups. In 2019, Malini was awarded a spot on the Women’s Executive Network’s top 100 list of Canada’s most powerful women.

Malini is passionate about the promotion of diversity, inclusion and personal development. She is also involved with charities that help youth in at-risk neighbourhoods graduate. Malini lives with her family in Toronto.

Charles Marful

Charles Marful, MIR'94
Talent Team Director, EY Canada

Charles is EY Canada’s Talent Team Director for the Assurance practice. Prior to joining EY, he served as the HR Director of PwC Consulting (later IBM BCS). He also worked as a Manager of Employee Relations dealing with both HR and labour relations matters in the retail industry prior to moving to professional services.

He has worked with leadership teams globally on innovative HR initiatives. He served on a judging panel in the US helping select organizations with innovative Leadership Development programs. He is a frequent speaker on HR Strategy, Leadership Development & Succession Management, Employee Engagement and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has facilitated many change initiatives including diversity and inclusion programs.

Charles is on the board of Farm Radio International (FRI), an Ottawa based non for profit organization focused on improving food security and health in rural Africa. He also serves on the HR Program Advisory Board of Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University as well as many other boards.

Charles is a graduate of the Queen’s MIR program and has an honours degree in business from the University of Ghana Business School.

Randeep Purewal

Randeep Purewal, AMBA'17
CEO & Founder, Divercial

Randeep’s experience in diversity transcends from an early age which initiated her inquisitive curiosity to better understand and examine inclusivity. As a result, over the years she has developed a passion and become an advocate for Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Equality and Belonging.

Her professional experience expands working over 15 years all over North America and in a multitude of roles including Leadership, Consulting, Sales, Operations, Strategy, Talent Management, Banking, Technology, Digital Transformation, and Data. She has consistently championed to pioneer and promote diversity and inclusion in both personal and professional practices.

As a part of completing her MBA at Queen's, her master’s thesis research paper was on Diversity in Leadership and Talent Management. Consequently, her mission in life is continuing a lifelong learning journey on becoming a thought leader on diversity education and awareness while relentlessly promoting diversity of thought.