Intercultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training

Building Connections,

Enriching Communities

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership invites local employers to attend this free interactive training program to support organizations in creating a more inclusive, accessible, and equitable workplace. Join community leaders in their regional efforts to attract newcomers, strengthen the local workforce, create welcoming workspaces, and increase population to enhance the economy in Sarnia-Lambton.  Get involved today to make a difference in your business and local community!



October 5 & November 16, 2023

Full Day  | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location | Sarnia Golf & Curling Club, Point Edward

  • Two in-person training and networking sessions
  • 6-months of e-learning content
  • Organizational growth resources
  • Light breakfast & lunch included

Limited space available! Register today and save a seat for your organization at the change table. 

*Two (2) participants per organization. Why? Learning in teams leads to greater sustainability of implementation.



Increased Innovation

Performance is 35% higher when EDI exists.

Faster Problem Solving

Cognitive diversity offers more efficient critical thinking.

Better Decision Making

Diverse teams are 87% more effective than individuals.

Increased Hiring Results

Desirable workplaces improve recruitment and retention.

More Employee Engagement

Heightened engagement due to feelings of belonging. 

Preventative Action

Decreased risk assessment in response to EDI.

Increased Profit Margins

Organizations see 15 times more revenue and sales.

Competitive Advantage

Elevated organizational reputation and public perception.


Training & E-Learning: Growth Blocks

Three core growth blocks guide the training and e-learning series: EDI & Leadership Essentials; Organizational Strategy Analysis; and EDI Implementation Planning. Through the two in-person training sessions and 6-months of e-learning access, your organization will gain critical knowledge, skills, and tools to implement change practices for improved organizational culture, and enhanced recruitment, retention and hiring practices.

EDI & Leadership Essentials

Build foundational equity, diversity, and inclusion knowledge parallel to the leadership skills required for implementation and sustainability.

Organizational Strategy Analysis

Assess existing practices to gauge EDI within the organization in comparison with standards and innovative expectations.

EDI Implementation Planning

Develop immediate, intermediate and long-term plans for sustainable implementation of EDI strategies to achieve organizational outcomes.

Key Topics:

As a participant, you will use self-reflective practice and interpersonal skills to develop your understanding of why EDI work is valuable from the humanity and organizational perspective. You will then utilize this learning and transfer it into action as you learn strategies for implementation. Then you will work with other participants to plan sustainable action at the personal, organizational, and community level for immediate, intermediate, and long-term growth. 

  • Overview of the importance of EDI; goals of intercultural training; objectives of the training; benefits of cultural competency
  • Understanding culture and its impact on communication and interactions; cultural competency development; overcoming cultural barriers
  • Techniques for cultural communication and negotiation; addressing diversity and authentic inclusion in the workplace

Meet Your Learning Guides


I'm Janelle Abela

I am a former K-12 educator and found value in nurturing identity for student success. I have since expanded my approaches by founding Diverse Solutions Strategy Firm Inc. Our organization supports inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) learning across North America. I have worked with financial organizations, law enforcement, professional athletics associations, educational institutions, non-profits, trades organizations, and more, during my time as a consultant. It is imperative that a realistic means of change is created outside of the progressive education system and that guides the work that I do. In this training I endeavour to nurture relationships and foster change for the respect and dignity of all. I hold a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Master of Education degrees, while currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Windsor. I am currently researching barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development.


I'm Nick Goy

I am a 17-year veteran Patrol Sergeant, coach and leadership mentor. I began my career in law enforcement as a Customs Inspector for the Canadian Border Services Agency and also took on a full-time role as a Border Services Officer. In 2006 I transitioned to policing when I joined the LaSalle Police Service. I have experience as a Uniformed Patrol Officer, Forensic Identification Officer, and Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. I am currently leading my team and organization as a Patrol Sergeant. I holds a diploma in Police Foundations, an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, Minor Psychology with distinction, and a Leadership Development Certificate from Athabasca University.