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  • Designed for: Lawyers, Accountants and other Professionals

  • Accredited: 1.5 hour (EDI Professionalism) by Law Society of Ontario - Certificate upon completion

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Program Language: English

  • Program Fee: Pro Bono

Course Summary

This engaging program on equality, diversity and inclusion will appeal to all professionals interested in better understanding the challenges faced by racialized individuals in Canada and improving their intercultural competencies to address issues of systemic racism in the professional workplace.

You will first watch a case study featuring the Hot Docs original short documentary film Lessons Injustice  from the Hot Docs series In The Name of All Canadians. Lawyer Danardo Jones sets out on a car ride with his teenage son, hoping to teach him how to drive but also have a conversation about navigating racism in society, a difficult conversation that some parents fear and others are unaware of. As a lawyer, Jones is well aware that the law and Charter can do little to protect his son against racism and discrimination. He reflects on how he can prepare his son to face the reality of being a black youth in Canada.

The documentary film is followed by a post-screening discussion about anti-racism measures and cultural competency in the professional workplace featuring a cross-disciplinary panel of lawyers, medical and health care professionals, and business professionals.

In order to receive your certificate of completion, you will have to complete a self-assessment test based on the topics discussed in the film and post-screening discussion.

Specific Learning Objectives

  • Understand the human consequences of unconscious bias against racialized professionals

  • Improve awareness about challenges faced by racialized licensees in the workplace

  • Acquire intercultural and anti-racism competencies to address issues of systemic racism in the professional workplace

  • Learn best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion

Post-Screening Experts



Lori-Ann Beausoleil

CPA, Partner, Forensic Services, PwC Canada

As the National Leader of PwC’s Forensic Services practice, Lori-Ann Beausoleil has oversight of e-discovery, investigations, data, disputes, anti-bribery and corruption, compliance reviews and corporate intelligence service offerings at PwC Canada. She is also involved with the development and execution of the Consulting and Deals Real Estate strategy. She has been leading initiatives to promote a business culture that values all differences as PwC Canada’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Lori-Ann holds a BComm from the University of Toronto.




Alexander Ikejiani

Lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law

Alexander Ikejiani is Counsel at the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa and an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and Nova Scotia. He is also a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario. Alexander a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), Ottawa Chapter.


Martha Jackman

Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa

Professor Jackman specializes in the area of constitutional law, with a particular focus on issues relating to women and other marginalized groups. She has held various positions within the law school including Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program, and Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. She publishes primarily in the areas of socio-economic rights, equality, and the Canadian Charter.




Dr. Onye Nnorom

Family doctor and Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist

Dr. Nnorom is Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto. She is also Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto as well as President of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario (BPAO).




Danielle Rawlinson

Law Student and Former National President for the Black Law Students' Association of Canada (BLSA)

Danielle attends the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Her commitment to the community has led her to immerse herself in various legal clinics and community outreach organizations such as ACORN. Danielle was the 2018-2019 National President for the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA) and was the 2017-18 National Conference Chair in her 2L year.




Alycia Shaw

Lawyer, Human Rights and Labour Law

A respected practitioner with Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP (JM&A), she represented public and private sector locals at grievance arbitrations an administrative tribunals on a wide range of matters. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Alycia is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and an active member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. She also sits on the board of iSisters Technology Mentoring and volunteering with the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa.

Dr. Ewurabena Simpson

Assistant Professor and Hematologist/Oncologist, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dr. Simpson joined the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in 2012. She received her medical degree from McGill University in 2005. She completed her general pediatrics training and hematology/oncology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. During her fellowship training, she also completed a Master’s in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Simpson is an active member of the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario (BPAO).


The post-screening discussion is moderated by Garrick Apollon (LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM), a lawyer and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Fellow at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lessons Injustice - Documentary Case Study

    • Lessons Injustice - Full Movie

  • 2

    Chapter 1 – Introduction of experts and initial reactions to the case study

    • Introducting Dr. Ewurabena Simpson

    • Introducing Lori-Ann Beausoleil

    • Introducing Alexander Ikejiani

    • Introducing Dr. Onye Nnorom

    • Introducing Garrick Apollon

    • Introducing Martha Jackman

    • Introducing Alycia Shaw

    • Introducing Danielle Rawlinson

    • Our Experts' Initial Reactions To The Case Study

    • Additional experts weigh in

  • 3

    Chapter 2- The importance of anti-racism to change institutional policies and practices

    • The importance of anti-racism to change institutional policies and practices

  • 4

    Chapter 3 – The impact of racism on mental and physical health

    • The impact of racism on mental and physical health

  • 5

    Chapter 4 – The intersectionality between race and gender

    • The intersectionality between race and gender

  • 6

    Chapter 5 – Developing cultural competencies

    • Developing cultural competencies

  • 7

    Chapter 6 – Preventing discrimination in organizations

    • Preventing discrimination in organizations

  • 8

    Chapter 7 – The Viola Desmond Story

    • Heritage Minutes: Viola Desmond

    • Watch our experts comment on the impact of Viola Desmond's story on diversity and inclusion in Canada.

  • 9

    Chapter 8 – Our Experts’ Final Thoughts

    • Our Experts’ Final Thoughts

  • 10

    Lessons Injustice – Post-Screening Quiz

    • Lessons Injustice – Post-Screening Quiz