Panel: Authenticity in the workplace

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Authenticity in the Workplace - In partnership with RBC

October 7, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.

Student Life at the University of Ottawa is pleased to be hosting a virtual Q&A panel to celebrate diversity and authenticity in the workplace, as part of the uOttawa Pride Week!

On October 7th from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., members of the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies will be speaking about their experiences navigating their careers and identities while entering the workforce.

Joining us as a VIP guest is Julie Lemieux, Canadian politician and first transgender person elected to the mayoralty of any municipality in Canada, and Colin Druhan, the Executive Director for Pride at Work Canada.

All are welcome to attend and take part in the discussion and question period that follows. The event is presented in partnership with RBC and will be held through Microsoft Teams.

Please register to receive the virtual event link.


Our panellists:

  • Julie Lemieux: Canadian politician and first transgender person elected to the mayoralty of any municipality in Canada
  • Colin Druhan: Executive Director- Pride at Work Canada. In 2019 Colin was named a finalist for the Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year Award and in 2020 he was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow
  • Kole Peplinskie: Kole is an Indigiqueer graduate from uOttawa with a degree in Sociology with a Minor in Gender Studies. They currently work for a National Indigenous Organization as a project coordinator for a Youth Gender Equity Project
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Allan: Cindy is a Career Advisor at the University of Ottawa with the Career Development Centre. She is a proud pan-sexual cis-female (pronouns: she/her) who has experienced alternative, polyamourous relationships. Truly living an honest, authentic life is a journey that she works on Every Single Day.
  • Brien K. Convery: National Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Canada | Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sylvain:Talent Acquisition, Canadian Security Intelligence Service /Acquisition de talents, Service canadien du renseignement de sécurité


  • Nathalie Brunet: Team Lead, Coop Office at uOttawa. Nathalie has been working at the Coop office for the last 5 years. She is passionate about work integrated learning. She identifies as Bi and is very excited to be a moderator for this event.
  • Chelsea Paradis: Chelsea is Employer Relations Coordinator at the Career Development Centre. She has been working at uOttawa for the past 12 years at various career centres on campus. She thoroughly enjoys helping people make meaningful connections, especially between employers and students. Chelsea is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
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