Gerard Etienne

Gerard Etienne

Ottawa, Ontario
HR consultant, Employment Equity & Human Rights Advocate - Diversity & Inclusion Expert
Gerard Etienne is a Keynote Speaker, Human Resource Consultant and Diversity & Inclusion Expert. He is an outspoken supporter of human rights and employment equity who has worked in human resources as a vice president in a large financial institution and as a director general in the public sector. He is a sought-after expert on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in order to boost innovation, leadership, technical excellence, and employee engagement. He has a wealth of experience working with senior executives. Gerard's experience in and across many different sectors and settings has made him adaptable, sensitive, broad-minded, and extremely valuable to those with whom he collaborates.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Business Technology
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Awareness Days
  • Bilingual & French
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory


Gerard Etienne is a Senior Associate with Diversipro. He is a passionate advocate for Human Rights and Employment Equity. Gerard has held positions in human resources as a vice president in a major financial institution and director general in public service.

Gerard Etienne is a trusted advisor about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to improve innovation, leadership, technical excellence and employee engagement. He has extensive experience working with senior leaders. Gerard’s experience in and across many different sectors and settings has made him flexible, sensitive, broadly based and extremely useful to those with whom he works.

He has partnered with diverse teams, bringing together former senior public servants, not-for-profit executives, private sector leaders and academics. Gerard Etienne is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory™.

As Vice President of Learning, at the Institute on Governance (IOG), Gerard Etienne was responsible for developing a curriculum to meet the leadership and governance challenges of Public Service. The cross-sectoral nature of the work requires building partnerships with multiple levels of government and private sector organizations.

As well he is called upon to conceive a growth plan for expanding the learning lab offerings and lead the IOG as a preferred service provider in leadership and governance. His other responsibilities centred around international development, more precisely support to emerging countries in structuring their public service.

Prior to joining the IOG, Gerard Etienne worked as Vice-President of Operations for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He was accountable for providing national leadership and management for developing and implementing national operational policies, practices and processes for delivering a multi-faceted comprehensive, cohesive and integrated science-based policy and regulatory inspection and audit regime for the agricultural, fish and seafood, and agri-food sectors.

He has completed his comprehensive exams for a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations. Université de Montréal. (thesis pending). In addition, he has an M.B.A. Financial Services. Université du Québec à Montréal; a Master of Industrial Relations. Université du Québec à Hull; a Master of Education. University of Ottawa; a Bachelor of Social Sciences. University of Ottawa; a Bachelor of Administration. The University of Ottawa.

Gerard Etienne has been conferred the designation of Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, with honours and he has a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Governance from the University of Ottawa, Centre for Public Management and Policy.



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Gerard Etienne Topic Presentations

creating equitable workplaces: tangible strategies for fostering diversity and inclusion

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this highly relevant and practical session, Gerard Etienne, a seasoned expert in human rights, employment equity, and diversity and inclusion (D&I), shares his comprehensive approach to creating equitable and inclusive workplaces. Drawing on his extensive experience from both public and private sectors, Gerard provides invaluable insights and actionable strategies that can be adopted by organizations of all sizes and types.

    The talk will explore the fundamental role of D&I in promoting innovation, leadership, and employee engagement. Gerard will delve into his wealth of experiences to identify effective processes and systems necessary for establishing and sustaining inclusive workplaces. He will also share practical strategies to combat systemic racism, demonstrating how workplaces can become catalysts for social change.

    As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory™, Gerard will provide tools and methodologies for enhancing intercultural competence within teams. This will include actionable steps to improve understanding and collaboration among diverse team members.

    Crucially, Gerard will provide tangible strategies drawn from his successful career. These will include practical insights into how organizations can structure their policies, practices, and leadership to better support D&I initiatives. The goal is to leave attendees not only with a deeper understanding of the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity but also with a clear roadmap to achieve these objectives in their own workplaces. This session is a must-attend for anyone looking to make a real, positive impact on their workplace culture, ensuring it is genuinely inclusive, equitable, and fostering diversity.

inclusive leadership: from awareness to implementation

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this thought-provoking and practical presentation, Gerard Etienne, a widely respected figure in human rights and employment equity, offers his invaluable insights into fostering inclusive leadership and cultivating diverse workforces. Leveraging his vast experience in both the public and private sectors, Gerard provides actionable strategies that organizations can adopt to enrich their diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices.

    Gerard’s talk will shed light on the integral role of inclusive leadership in driving organizational success. He will present a roadmap that moves from raising awareness about the importance of D&I to developing a comprehensive strategy and then effectively implementing it. Gerard will also examine the unique challenges and opportunities associated with leading neurodiverse, culturally diverse, and gender-diverse teams.

    As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory™, Gerard will share practical tools for enhancing cultural competency within leadership and teams. This includes strategies to improve understanding and foster a productive environment for diverse team members. The session will also focus on equity, illustrating how equitable practices can and should underpin all D&I efforts. Gerard will present tangible, proven strategies drawn from his robust career to guide organizations in aligning their policies and practices with inclusive leadership principles.

    This presentation promises to provide attendees with not only a deeper understanding of the power of inclusive leadership and diverse workforces but also a comprehensive strategy to realize these concepts within their own organizations. It is a must-attend for any leader or organization aiming to harness the full potential of a diverse workforce and create a truly inclusive workplace culture.

championing anti-racism, unity and justice in the corporate world: a path to organizational success

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this compelling and timely presentation, Gerard Etienne, an accomplished advocate for human rights and employment equity, will delve into the critical issues of anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and anti-oppression in the corporate context. Leveraging his extensive experience and a rich understanding of diverse workforces, Gerard offers tangible strategies for combating systemic oppression and fostering an environment of unity and togetherness in the workplace.

    Gerard will dissect the constructs of racism, discrimination, and oppression, examining their root causes, manifestations, and the pervasive systemic barriers they create. He will draw on his robust career in both the public and private sectors to provide attendees with actionable strategies to recognize and counter these systemic issues within their organizations.

    As part of this session, Gerard will explore the concept of corporate access, focusing on how equitable opportunities and practices contribute to organizational success. He will provide insights into achieving justice and human rights at a corporate level, offering a blueprint for nurturing a culture of unity and inclusivity.

    Gerard will also share strategies for promoting unity and togetherness, demonstrating how these principles not only contribute to a positive and supportive work environment but also significantly impact an organization’s bottom line. This presentation is essential for any organization or leader seeking to become a true ally in the fight against systemic oppression and racism. It offers practical guidance on taking substantive steps towards creating workplaces that are not just diverse and inclusive, but also equitable, just, and united.

advancing employment equity & human rights in the workplace

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this critically important and engaging presentation, Gerard Etienne, an esteemed advocate for employment equity and human rights, will delve into the vital roles that both play in creating a truly inclusive and fair workplace. With a vast repository of experience from his time in both public and private sectors, Gerard offers invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance employment equity and uphold human rights in any organization.

    Gerard will dissect the meaning and scope of employment equity, examining how it goes beyond mere legal compliance to become an ethical and business imperative. He will share tangible strategies for organizations to recognize and address systemic barriers, create equal opportunities, and promote fair treatment in their employment practices.

    In exploring the realm of human rights in the workplace, Gerard will offer insights into recognizing and combatting discrimination, harassment, and any form of ill-treatment. He will illustrate how fostering respect for human rights contributes to a positive organizational culture and overall business success.

    Furthermore, Gerard will draw connections between employment equity, human rights, and various aspects of organizational performance, demonstrating how respect for these principles can lead to improved employee morale, increased productivity, and a healthier bottom line. This presentation promises to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to advance employment equity and uphold human rights within their own organizations. It is essential for any leader or HR professional seeking to make a real and positive difference in their workplace culture.

power of inclusion: unleashing productivity through engaged, synergistic, and communicative teams

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this insightful and interactive presentation, Gerard Etienne, a distinguished advocate for human rights and employment equity, uncovers the power of inclusive language in promoting employee engagement, fostering team synergy, and driving peak performance. Drawing from his considerable experience across diverse sectors, Gerard provides practical strategies to ensure effective team communication in increasingly diverse and inclusive workspaces.

    Gerard will examine the fundamental role of inclusive language in creating an environment where every team member feels valued and included. He will share actionable tips for using inclusive language and avoiding potential communication pitfalls that can inadvertently lead to exclusion or discomfort.

    The presentation will delve into the essential role of employee engagement in achieving high productivity and performance. Gerard will provide a step-by-step guide to implementing engagement strategies that harness the potential of a diverse workforce, bolstering team synergy and fostering a collaborative work culture.

    Gerard will also shed light on how effective team communication strategies can be leveraged to improve team synergy and overall productivity. He will offer techniques to enhance team dynamics and improve communication within generational, cultural, neurological, and gender-diverse teams. The session promises to equip attendees with the necessary tools and strategies to foster an inclusive and productive work environment.

cultivating the leaders of tomorrow: harnessing diversity for innovation

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this inspiring and practical presentation, Gerard Etienne, an esteemed figure in human rights and employment equity, delves into the art of leadership development in the context of diversity and inclusion. Using his rich experience spanning both public and private sectors, Gerard offers proven strategies to cultivate committed leaders and leverage the unique skillsets of diverse teams for innovation and performance enhancement.

    Gerard will explore the essentials of leadership development, focusing on how to nurture and retain committed employees who can drive an organization’s future success. He will share actionable strategies for empowering employees, fostering their growth, and creating a work environment that values their contributions.

    The presentation will also examine the significant role of diversity in leadership. Gerard will illustrate how harnessing diverse team leaders can spur innovation and boost performance. He will share insights into recognizing and developing the unique skillsets that different individuals bring to the table, leveraging these for the collective benefit of the organization.

    Gerard will also highlight the importance of fostering a leadership pipeline that reflects the diversity of the workforce and the wider community. This includes offering strategies to overcome barriers that traditionally underrepresented groups might face in their leadership journeys. Attendees will leave with a clear roadmap for cultivating the diverse leaders of tomorrow and leveraging their unique capabilities for organizational success.

leading the charge in digital transformation: navigating technological change with agility and vision"

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this dynamic and forward-thinking presentation, Gerard Etienne, a respected expert in human rights and employment equity, explores the fascinating intersection of leadership, technology, and organizational agility. Drawing from his broad experience across various sectors, Gerard provides a comprehensive roadmap for navigating the complexities of digital transformation with adeptness and foresight.

    Gerard will examine the role of technology in shaping the modern business landscape, focusing on how digital transformation can create new opportunities and challenges for organizations. He will delve into the essential systems and processes that underpin successful digital initiatives, providing insights into how leaders can guide their organizations through these profound changes.

    This presentation will also address the concept of organizational agility in the face of digital transformation. Gerard will share practical strategies for fostering an agile mindset, preparing organizations to rapidly adapt and thrive in a constantly evolving technological environment.

    Gerard will also highlight the critical role of leadership in navigating digital transformation. He will discuss the need for leaders to champion change, inspire trust, and guide their teams through the uncertainty that can accompany major technological shifts. This session is essential for leaders and professionals in any industry facing the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation. It offers tangible strategies for steering organizations through technological change, with a clear focus on maintaining agility and strong leadership throughout the process.


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While there are human rights commissions in every province and at the federal level, the authors argue for a more coordinated, horizontal approach such as a national anti-racism commissioner who would be accountable to Parliament. Though Black History Month — a time to recognize and celebrate...

As face of OPS begins to change, new recruits eager to lead the way


Gérard Etienne, co-chair of the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council, said while he's impressed with the recruitment results, he worries about what will happen to the class of 2020 after they graduate. "The real issue is whether or not they're going to be able to retain these recruits,"...

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'Corporate Canada needs to step up' in fighting anti-Black racism: HR consultant


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