Best Practices Forum on Official Languages: Changing the Narrative on Diversity, Inclusion and Official Languages (INC1-E26)

Product code: INC1-E26

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February 07, 2023

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages

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1.5 hours



All public servants at all levels



Official languages are sometimes considered a barrier to employment and career advancement for members of certain equity-seeking groups. The modernization of the Official Languages Act is an opportunity for the Government of Canada to challenge and change the discourse on diversity, inclusion and official languages.

This event, held as part of the Best Practices Forum on Official Languages taking place February 6 to 10, 2023, will bring together speakers from the public service and private sector to discuss measures to address the challenges faced by equity-seeking groups and to support their career progression. With different objectives in mind, these individuals will share their experiences and talk about how they are helping to change the narrative on diversity, inclusion and official languages.

Participants will learn how official languages can be used to promote bilingualism, diversity and inclusion in Canada.


Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Isabelle Mondou, Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage, and Champion of the Official Languages Community

Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Soukaina Boutiyeb, Executive Director, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne

Francis Trudel, Associate Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat



Stéphan Déry, Chair, Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions; Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Services Branch, and official languages cochampion, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Date modified: 2022-08-29