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Voices of Experience is a panel put together by Ryerson University’s Equity, Diversity and Accessibility Office, Career Centre and Student Life organization. The speakers have all overcome the challenges of immigration, racism, sexism and all the intersections crossed in between. They delve deeply into personal perspectives of industry leaders with a critical lense on diversity.

Hosted by Jen Gonzalez, Director of Student Life at Ryerson.


Sandeep Tatla, chief Diversity Officer for the Ontario College of Trades. Sandeep speaks to her experience as a lawyer brokering race and inclusion disputes in the workplace, as well as the influence of family life as an immigrant.

George De La Rosa, CEO of Luminus Financial, who speaks to his experience as a young CEO challenging a predominantly old, white and heterosexual hierarchy of the banking system and rising to the top.

Kathy Cheng, President of WS & Company, one of Canada’s only existing apparel lines made and sold in Canada.

Karlene Williams Clarke works at the 519 as Manager of Direct Services. The 519 is a place which, among other things, provides transitional support for those seeking refuge from persecution due to sexual orientation. Karlene herself is among those who have sought refugee status in this country, as she is no longer safe in her home country of Jamaica. 

This panel was presented by Ryerson’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Career Centre and Student Life

rabble thanks Student Life, the Career Centre and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office for making this available for broadcast.

If you would like to see video of this panel, you can go to RYECAST.RYERSON.CA for a high quality stream, and see all of this and other panels, speakers and discussions.

With production assistance for rabble by Kvesche Be.

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