On July 22nd from 12pm-1pm EDT, the Canadian Research Insights Council will be hosting a webinar to highlight the need for change and to encourage the dialogue and action that is required to end racism and the systemic bias that Black people and other racialized groups experience in Canada. Click here to register for the webinar.
Our industry has an important role to play in pushing for progress. We must support research that informs the public and key stakeholders on the need for change. We must also ensure that all research and analytics consider potential biases so that the insights we produce are fully reflective of society. We must be exemplars of best practices in promoting diversity and inclusion in our companies and workplaces.
The webinar will feature Marva Wisdom, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach of the Environics Institute’s Black Experience Project, a ground-breaking research study that explored the “lived experience” of the Black community in the GTA. It will also include a panel of professionals from our industry: Lisa Wright, Raymond Armstrong, Donald Williams, and Laarni Paras.
We’re honoured that Laarni Paras, a Research Manager on our team, has been invited to contribute to the webinar. Prior to being in the market research industry, she spent 8 years in the non-profit industry as a community researcher where she designed research-informed anti-oppression/anti-racism training for community organizations in the Toronto area as part of tackling gender-based violence. Laarni has also been an active community leader in mental health and diversity for many years. Back in 2010, she co-designed Building Bridges Across Barriers – a community program examining the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. She’s also been an advocate and community organizer for the Rights of Non-Status Women Network and was on the advisory board of the Migrant Mothers Project to provide expertise and guidance with the development of academic and community research on immigrant mothers in Canada. Laarni currently serves as a member of University of Toronto’s Social Sciences Research and Ethics Board.
In-house, she has been an essential member of Sklar Wilton’s Mental Health team, as well as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, helping us to ensure our strategic plan is more purposeful in all areas of our business including hiring, training, research processes, and more.