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Unconscious Bias

Wednesday, November 4, at 8:00 pm

The Women’s Advocacy Group is proud to host a conversation about unconscious bias. Join us as we welcome Guila Benchimol and Donna Ince for a discussion where we examine standards for creating safe, respectful, and equitable workplaces – in the Jewish and corporate worlds. We will discuss how unconscious bias manifests itself, successes and failures in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I), and the effect of the pandemic on D&I. We will specifically look at progress in the “D” vs. the “I” and speak about allyship. The panel will be moderated by Holy Blossom’s Jacque Friedland.

Made possible by a generous gift from Jacqueline and Tom Friedland.

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Donna Ince, CPA, CA, CIP, Donna is a senior insurance executive with over 28 years’ experience in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry.  As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP), she has leveraged her financial and operational experience to establish a solid track record of developing and executing on strategies to deliver, through periods of transformational change.  With extensive experience across multiple disciplines, Donna has provided senior leadership within corporate and large operational functions and has jointly lead a transformation strategy review that resulted in the reorganization of a large Canadian insurer, RSA Canada.

In addition to her senior executive responsibilities, Donna became the senior executive sponsor for the Canadian business for Diversity and Inclusion at the RSA Insurance Group, a FTE100 insurer based in the UK in 2017.  During her three and a half year tenure in this role, Donna advanced the D&I agenda which included expanding gender diversity at the senior levels of the organization, setting and building commitment on targets and communicating quarterly progress broadly and establishing a “grassroots” D&I Council and Champions Network to support D&I initiatives across the organization.   Donna is passionate about advancing women in leadership, mentoring many young women over the years and is also recognized as a thought leader on gender and inclusion within her industry.


Jacque Friedland is a long-time volunteer at Holy Blossom Temple and within the Toronto Jewish community. At Holy Blossom, she has served on the Board of Directors, was Volunteer Coordinator for Out of the Cold, volunteered with Bikur Cholim, been Chair of Refugee Resettlement, and participated in numerous other committees and task forces. She was on the Board of Directors of Mazon Canada and was President of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. She is currently President-Elect of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and is Senior Director, Insurance Supervision Sector at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.


Dr. Guila Benchimol is the Senior Advisor on Research and Learning with the Safety Respect Equity Network. As a researcher and public educator on sexual violence, she has crafted standards and policies for Jewish workplaces, institutions, and communal spaces and has been invited to address Jewish professionals and clergy across Canada and the US, as well as other faith communities.

Guila holds a PhD in Sociological Criminology and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph. Guila’s first career as a Jewish educator informed her understanding of the need to address victimization of all kinds in Jewish communities. She was the Director of Judaic Studies at Tiferes Bais Yaakov where she also taught grades 9 through 12. She was also the Managing Director for the National Conference of Synagogue Youth in Canada where she founded and directed an international camp for high school girls. Guila serves as a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence where she works on projects related to homicide and domestic violence deaths. She also sits on the board of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).





November 4
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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