Marni Panas

Diversity and Inclusion Expert

Marni Panas is diversity and inclusion professional and sought-after speaker dedicated to creating safe and welcoming, and inclusive environments especially for the LGBTQ2S+ population in large public and private organizations, all levels of government and departments, health care, educational institutions, corrections, and law enforcement.

Marni’s passion and commitment to equity and inclusion as had impact across Canada including:

  • Member of the LGBTQ2S+ Apology Advisory Council which helped draft the apology Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017, to LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada for discrimination and injustices faced by this community as a result of federal legislation, policies and programs.
  • Provided testimony to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in support of Bill C-16 (And Act to amend Canada’s Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada).
  • Part of the work that led to Gender Identity and Gender Expression being added as protected grounds from discrimination to Alberta’s Human Right’s Act.
  • Part of an expert panel that assisted in developing guidelines to support school boards in Alberta in creating policies that would provide safe and welcoming environments for LGBTQ2S+ students, families, and staff.
  • Marni holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation and serves as Interim Chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Marni Panas has been invited to share her experiences and expertise in community engagement, facilitation, Patient & Family Centred Care, bereavement and loss, and inclusive health and cultural safety for LGBTQ2S+ patients and their families locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a regular lecturer at Edmonton’s universities. She often appears in local and national media discussing a variety of topics that affect the community in which she lives. Marni Panas has also made appearances on CNN and the BBC.

As an engaged member of her community, Marni Panas has been recognized in several ways including:

  • Human Rights award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
  • Edmonton Global Woman of Vision
  • Nominated as an Edmonton YWCA Woman of Distinction
  • Camrose Composite High School Alumnus of Distinction

As an engaged member of her community, Marni Panas received the Human Rights award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, nominated as an Edmonton YWCA Woman of Distinction and named a Camrose Composite High School Alumnus of Distinction for her commitment to creating a community where diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated. A community that is safe for others to be their authentic selves.

Topic Presentations

  • Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ2S+ People

  • Living Authentically

  • Overcoming fear, finding courage

  • Women in Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Inclusive Communication

  • Communications with Families in an NICU

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