The Diversity At Work team: consultants, facilitators and instructors, represent a diverse group themselves and offer expert knowledge and training in diversity management, language and elocution, and human resources best practices.
Diversity At Work is owned and operated by Evelina Silveira. As an expert in ethno-cultural engagement and inclusion, she is a champion of diversity and the advantages of strategically harnessing all talents in the workforce.
Evelina Silveira has been in the field of diversity and race relations in London for almost 20 years. Beginning her career in the human services sector, Evelina was one of the pioneers of ethno-cultural outreach, which led to improved services for new Canadians in a host of programs including: health, employment, and woman abuse services. She also helped to coordinate the first study on immigrant professionals and trades people in London and has worked to facilitate and cultivate linkages among employers and Aboriginal communities for the mutual benefit of job creation and employer equity goals.
Evelina was appointed to lead a dialogue group between Arab Muslim and Jewish women in London who were seeking to create a pocket of peace in their community for themselves and their children. This experience brought to light the importance of creating opportunities for honest dialogue between conflicting religious and ethnic groups.
For five years, Evelina's services were contracted by College Boreal, London Campus to provide work placement coordination for New Canadians. During this time she assisted both students and employers to understand cross-cultural differences in the workplace. With her knack for building rapport; capitalizing on individual strengths and thorough screening processes, she successfully matched many New Canadians in unpaid work placements which lead to paid employment. Her ability to understand the needs of the internationally trained professional and employer demands resulted in successfully coaching and mentoring both students and employers about how to work together.
She is known for her balanced, fair and pragmatic approach. Distinguishing herself from her competitors, Evelina is not afraid to tackle challenging diversity issues in both her consulting and training services with humour, respect and empathy. She has a well-deserved reputation for collaborative approaches, practical solutions and innovative problem solving.
Evelina is the founder and editor of The Inclusion Quarterly an ezine publication, which is dedicated to best practices for managing workplace diversity and recognized internationally as a trusted, timely, and balanced source of information for diversity practitioners and senior managers.
She has been named as the Mayor's New Year's Honour List for outstanding contributions to Diversity and Race Relations for the City of London, 2012.
Her formal education includes a degree in Sociology, a diploma in Honours standing in Political Science focused on International Politics, and major course work in Human Resources Management. She also speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Luis Nelson Rondon Penagos, Consultant
Nelson has over fourteen years of combined international experience as a strategic planner, professional workshop facilitator and leadership consultant. He has facilitated the positive transformation of many multinational corporations and not-for-profit organizations. He has helped the leadership and staff to embrace change by developing newer ways of conducting business through skill development.
Nelson has worked for companies as Adecco, Lee Hetch Harrison, Extended DISC, Right Management, Vasquez Kennedy Consultores, Vargas & Rincon, Training & Consulting, PEYDI Foundation, University EAN, University Piloto, University Jorge Tadeo Lozano.
His formal education includes a degree in Industrial Engineering, Finance and course work in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Project Management.
He speaks both English and Spanish.
Wen Zou, Business Advisor – Chinese Relations
Wen Zou is a seasoned professional project manager with over 20 years of experience in IT. In addition to these skills, Wen has several years of experience conducting business in Canada with companies in China. He currently offers online courses in project management to thousands of learners and Chinese companies. His knowledge of Chinese culture and business practices along with his strong ability to be a bridge between the two countries makes him a trusted advisor.
He has been recognized for his ability to complete projects on time and within budget with the goal of exceeding customer expectations. He is a motivational leader, with exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills. Wen offers project management, business consultation, and technical support for educational webinars and local businesses. He speaks Mandarin and English.
Dwight Powless is the Community Liaison Resource at Algonquin College and was recruited in 2009 on his retirement after 34 years at Canada Post. As the Manager, Aboriginal Relations at Canada Post for 10 years, Dwight was responsible for all aspects of Aboriginal initiatives and issues within the organization which included creating a recruitment and retention strategy, participating in human rights investigations, and working with in-house unions to develop strategies to increase Aboriginal participation in the workforce. He also took part in and led initiatives consistent with the Employment Equity Act including delivering community presentations on barriers. Dwight was recruited by Algonquin College for his experience with the Aboriginal community and knowledge of organizational processes and strategies, key factors required in his current role. Dwight developed and created the DevelopMentor Program for Aboriginal students seeking employment and how to be successful in an organization. This Program was recognized in 2014 by being awarded an International Global Award for youth employment.
Dwight’s skills and experience can help organizations increase recruitment and retention of Aboriginal people by evaluating and enhancing their human resource strategies and processes. Businesses and non-profits can also benefit from his knowledge of aboriginal communities nation-wide for outreach and marketing purposes.
With a Bachelor of Arts in English and a certificate to Teach English as a Second Language (TESL) Judy Thompson began her career designing and delivering language programs in Brampton, Ontario. A special interest in teaching people to speak English had Judy train with pronunciation gurus Katherine Brillinger and Lydia Aiello. Judy devised her own methods and taught her own course called Speaking Canadian English at Sheridan College for many years . Her success at teaching students of all levels to converse quickly and confidently inspired teacher training workshops and her nickname, Teacher Judy. Her career soon took Judy across North America and overseas to South Korea, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Founder of Thompson Language Center, Judy Thompson made her program available to teachers everywhere in 2009 with her ground-breaking textbook English is Stupid, Students are Not. Included in the text are her revolutionary color-coded Thompson Vowel Chart and the English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA). The ESL/EFL industry has warmly embraced Judy's simple, effective, original techniques.
Currently an online educator, corporate and teacher trainer, Judy shares her dynamic speaking curriculum Speaking Made Simple with teachers and business people around the world.
In 2012, an exciting phase of changing the way the world learns English opened up when Judy and seven education thought leaders from around the world joined forces and created the Radical English Teachers Alliance. www.radicalenglish.com is an international organization of 'pattern thinkers' who have reduced all aspects of teaching and learning English to their simplest forms. The Pattern Model is the future of education and Judy's methods have become an important part of an international education movement.
Jill Walters, Diversity and Workplace Inclusion Publication Partner
Jill Walters has been writing about workplace diversity for over a decade. Since 2006 she has been publisher of Diversity! in the Workplace, Canada's only online newsletter dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and is the producer of The Diversity! Calendar, the only complete, comprehensive, bilingual calendar honouring the workplace and its heroes, and listing hundreds of multi-faith, multicultural and diversity-related holidays, festivals and observances, including explanations. She is also co-author of Diversity and Inclusion on a Budget: How to have a more engaged and innovative workforce with little or no dollars.
She was introduced to the topic of diversity back in 1998 as a writer for Workplace Diversity Update. She has also been the principal writer for the syndicated radio series, Canadian Consumer: the Radio Edition with Helen Hutchinson, and producer of the television series, Caregiving with June Callwood.
Her company, Quasarts Communications, has written for The Globe & Mail, Canadian Healthcare Manager, The Ottawa Citizen, Comfort Life, Homemakers, DiversityWorks, Maclean's, The Training Report, SOHO, Canadian Business, Prime50 News Journal, MoneySense, Broadcaster/Cablecaster, Toronto Star, Abilities magazine, The Caregiver, the Canadian Bankers Association publication Access and the Children's Mental Health Ontario publication Heads Up.