Gerard Etienne - Human Rights Advocate & Inclusion Expert
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
  • Business Growth
  • Business Management
  • Business Technology
  • Academia
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Awareness Days
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Conferences & summits
  • Consultant & Coach
  • Corporate audience


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

equity, diversity, and inclusion (edi)

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innovation, leadership, technical excellence

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employee engagement

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employment equity & human rights

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Articles & Media

Canada needs a national anti-racism commissioner


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 historical contributions of the Black community while also reflecting on anti-Black racism — is now behind us, the struggle to deconstruct the systems that have brought us to this point is an ongoing one.

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," Etienne said. "That is something I haven't yet seen in terms of the plan for this group." After training, new recruits will be paired up with a "coach" officer for 500 hours, or about four months, to learn the ropes.

BNN Bloomberg


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


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