Panel event: The promise of diversity in management

Grab your breakfast and join leading members of our business community in an interactive online conversation about the vital issues of diversity, equality and inclusiveness in business and beyond at a panel event—"The promise of diversity in management"— moderated by Faculty of Management Dean Kim Brooks.

Panelists will take questions and share their lived experiences and perspectives on how and why diversity is important, key challenges they encounter, success stories and ideas for how we can foster a more inclusive business community.

Panel Members

Fiona Kirkpatrick-Parsons, National Advisor, Deloitte Indigenous

Fiona is Standing Elk of the Eagle Clan, a proud nehithaw-iskwew (Woodland Cree woman) and member of Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan. She has lived in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) for the past 21 years. She began at Deloitte as Regional Marketing Manager in 2016, but in 2020 her role evolved when the firm prioritized reconciliation and building meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples. Now she helps lead Deloitte’s national Indigenous marketplace strategy and champions its Reconciliation Action Plan, the first of its kind in corporate Canada. In a wide-ranging career spanning more than three decades, Fiona held prior positions in communications, marketing and public relations, and has extensive volunteer experience on boards including serving as Executive Vice President of the International Association of Business Communicators, Maritime Chapter. She’s also an accomplished actor who’s appeared in stage and screen productions.

Matthew J. Martel (BMgmt’14), Chief Operating Officer, Black Business Initiative

A certified project manager who believes in a ‘people-first’ approach to business, Matthew was born in Cape Breton, moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University, then did a master’s degree in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A serial entrepreneur, Matthew has extensive background in leadership, human resources, change management and strategic planning. He previously held roles at the Halifax Regional Municipality and Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, and also served on the Fusion Halifax Board as Director of Entrepreneurship. A strategic thinker, Matthew enjoys working with groups to troubleshoot challenging issues; he leverages these skills to support his team and organization. Matthew’s ability to observe and understand the contributions of different facets of a company allows him to effectively work with individuals and teams to innovate organizational processes. Matthew is passionate about Canadian entrepreneurship, especially in working to foster and grow minority-led enterprises. He’s proud he can use his expertise to have a positive social and economic impact on the African Nova Scotian entrepreneurial experience and the Black business community.

Rodney Small (BMgmt’15), Acting Director, One North End Community Economic Development Society

One North End was founded in the mid-2010s when a group of community leaders representing several organizations wanted to combat negativity about Halifax’s North End. In his role there, Rodney works to make sure the community’s diversity and strong African Nova Scotian roots are reflected in the clientele and employees of new businesses in the North End. Rodney works to share the North End’s rich history, dispel stereotypes and advocate that new business and development benefits everyone in the community. Rodney focused on innovation and entrepreneurship when completing his Bachelor of Management at Dalhousie’s Rowe School of Business. He is a motivated leader with a passion for community and nurturing people. He works to create economic prosperity and sustainability from within to generate the impact necessary to encourage positive change. He is also a father and founding partner of Ascension Grooming Dal, a barbershop in the Student Union Building.

Angeline Gillis (BA’05, LLB’09), Associate Executive Director, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Dalhousie Board of Governors

Angeline (Angie), born in Sydney, NS, is a member of the Eskasoni First Nation and granddaughter of the late Andrew J. Stevens, a former Keptin of the Sante’ Mawi’omi. Angeline is a practising lawyer and has worked with CMM since 2011. In 2013, she assumed her present position after successfully establishing a number of environmental programs for CMM’s member communities. Angeline oversees numerous files, projects and services offered to seven Mi’kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia. She also sits on the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Board of Directors, the Assembly of NS Chiefs’ Mi’kmaw Fisheries Advisory Committee (MFAC), Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture External Advisory Committee, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management Advisory Board and Dalhousie Board of Governors.




Livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube. Link to be shared with registrants prior to the event.


No charge

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