Lessons Injustice - addressing systemic racism in the professional workplace

When: Friday, February 26th, 2021 / 11-12pm

Where: Virtual LIVE Event through Zoom (information upon registration)

In honour of Black History Month, a virtual LIVE joint event presented by the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute & UDocs and in association with the Black Law Students' Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) University of Ottawa Chapter

This live 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.

About the Event

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 LIVE post-screening discussion about anti-racism measures and cultural competency in the professional workplace.

Watch Intro Video


  • Designed for: Lawyers, Accountants and other Professionals

  • Accredited: 1 hour (EDI Professionalism) by Law Society of Ontario - Certificate upon completion

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Program Language: English

  • Program Fee: Pro Bono

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

Detailed agenda:

1.     Welcome and introduction by Serge Blais, Executive Director, Professional Development Institute of the University of Ottawa (5 minutes) 

2.     Presentation of the Black North Initiative (BNI) by Marlon Hylton, Chair of the CEO Pledge Committee of BNI, Lawyer and CEO of Innov-8 (5 minutes) 

3.     Screening of Lessons Injustice, an original documentary film from the Hot Docs series In The Name of All Canadians (10 minutes)

4.     A few words, presentation of panelists, panel discussion and Q&A’s moderated by Nicole Beausoleil, Law Student and Board Member of the Black Law Students' Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) University of Ottawa Chapter (40 minutes)


Lori-Ann Beausoleil

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. Lori-Ann began her career at PwC in 1988 and became a partner in 1999. She is a CA and holds a BComm from the University of Toronto. She is also a member of the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.




Garrick Apollon

Lawyer, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law and Executive MBA program at the University of Ottawa, Co-Founder UDocs.

Garrick Apollon has 15 years of experience as a corporate lawyer with special expertise in professional development for legal and business professionals. Garrick regularly provides training to legal and business professionals across Canada in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), anti-Black racism and intercultural competency for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Garrick is also a documentary filmmaker and a Fellow at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education.

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