Upcoming Events

SAAS North 2021

SAAS NORTH has been recognized as THE Canadian hub for rapidly-scaling SaaS founders and their teams – connecting thousands of entrepreneurs. SAAS NORTH is reconnecting the SaaS ecosystem at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on November 17-18, 2021.

MESH CEO Mike Wright is taking part in a breakout presentation on Negative Churn and how it’s a powerful growth mechanism.

MESH Head of Marketing Ria Riaz is taking part in a breakout presentation on Community-Led Growth and how top companies have leverage their user community to get massive scale.

Previous Events

The Role of Talent Development in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2020 was a year that left many of us feeling called to do more to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplaces. So, what exactly is the role of talent development professionals in this space? How can we make a difference?

MESH Co-Founder & Head of Behavioural Sciences Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is taking part in a lively conversation with other panelists Becky Kekula, Grace Lee, and Doris Sims Spies to look at this topic in-depth.

De-Siloing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

CITT has identified diversity and bias-awareness as a vital competency for the modern logistics professional. As such The Road to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Logistics will tackle these issues head-on, with practical workshops, challenging conversations, and insights from those in industry-leading on diversity initiatives.

In his powerful session, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will move away from simplistic approaches to “diversity as difference,” to help participants understand how D&I, when done well, can help embed meaningful, self-sustaining culture change in your company.


Transform Institutional Racism in the Healthcare Setting

Racism is a systemic healthcare problem that is preventable and changeable. Harm is still coming to patients and employees due to racism, including significant disparities in health outcomes. Current diversity and inclusion efforts, though well-intended, are not driving sufficient change.

MESH Co-Founder Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is giving a session on the Science of Driving Sustainable Inclusive Change during day 2 of the conference.

InnovateWork Rockies

Taking place virtually on April 29th, speakers and attendees from across the Rockies provinces and states will come together to be educated, engaged, and inspired about innovating in our rapidly changing workplace.

MESH Co-Founder Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is speaking alongside other great panelists from the HR and tech sectors.


Each month, hosts a live chat on Twitter for managers. For the March series, they are talking to inspiring women leaders in honour of Women’s History Month.

MESH Head of Marketing Ria Riaz is joining the conversation alongside female leaders across industries to discuss their work.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. Celebrate women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, through Zonta Club of Toronto’s International Women’s Day 2021 event, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace”. Collectively, we can all help to create an inclusive world.

MESH Chief Legal Officer Naveen Metha is speaking at this event alongside other esteemed panelists as they discuss ways to forge a gender equal world.

Diversity in Action

MESH Co-Founder & Head of Behavioural Sciences Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is joining other industry experts for this global online event.

This is an opportunity to learn from these industry experts who will share stories, strategies and their own learnings on key topics such as how to build an anti-racist organization, how to find and listen to stories that are often overlooked and how to look beyond someone’s disability plus much more.

Register for the conference today.

Measure What Matters: A Metrics Driven Approach to an Inclusive Workplace

MESH is partnering with Concrete Ventures for a joint webinar on March 10th, 2021. This session is aimed at leaders who are looking for tools and insights on running effective D&I programs in their organization.

Join us for this engaging session where you will learn:

  • What the right D&I metrics are
  • Find out which D&I metrics are important to your business
  • How to leverage D&I metrics effectively
ipprenticeship: Career Fair for Emerging Black Professionals and Students

Taking place virtually February 25-26th, the ipprenticeship: Career Fair for Emerging Black Professionals and Students is an event that connects companies looking to hire emerging Black professionals with those seeking employment, and post-secondary students seeking internship opportunities.

The career fair also has  speaking engagements including MESH Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta, alongside Leon Winkler of the Black Game Pros Initiative, Marsha Forde from WildBrain, and Carl Edwin from Northern Arena.


Each month, hosts a live chat on Twitter for managers. For the February series, they have partnered with MESH/diversity to discuss Leading through Allyship.

MESH Co-Founder Dr. Leeno Karumanchery and MESH Head of Marketing Ria Riaz are joining other managers and leaders who will share their evidence-based best practices for becoming an ally in the workplace.

Dinner with Industry 2021

DWI is bringing students together to connect with female professionals from industry and academia that have diverse backgrounds in science and engineering. This year’s theme aims to highlight Black, Indigenous, and people of colour and their accomplishments within STEM fields.

MESH Head of Marketing Ria Riaz is speaking alongside many others who will be sharing reflections over the course of their careers, how they chose one path over another, obstacles they have overcome and any lessons learned for young professionals.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Hosted by Infonex, the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace conference is happening online. Taking place February 4 – 5, 2021, the conference will cover a variety of topics around best practices for achieving excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.

On Day 1, MESH Co-Founder & Head of Behavioural Sciences Dr. Leeno Karumanchery is giving a session on “The Science of Driving Sustainable Inclusive Change: Measuring the Impact of Your Initiatives.”

On Day 2, MESH Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta is giving a session on “Emotional Intelligence: The Missing Building Block of an Anti-Racist, Inclusive and Safe Workplace”

Get more details on these sessions and register now.

Women in Manufacturing Symposium: Untapped Potential

CME’s Women in Manufacturing 2021 Symposium is now entirely virtual! On Day 2, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, MESH Co-Founder & Head of Behavioural Sciences, will be giving the keynote address. He brings his expertise in D&I, Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-linguistics to help organizations embed inclusion in a manner that is meaningful, relevant, growth-focused and pragmatic.

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NALP Canadian Winter Meeting

The National Association for Law Placement is hosting their 2020 Canadian Winter Meeting digitally this year. Taking place on December 9, this year is titled “Virtual Reality: How to Survive, Thrive and Innovate in our New Normal.” Our Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta will be discussing the importance of metrics during the event.

Professionalism in Municipal and Planning Law

The Ontario Bar Association is hosting their annual program online this year. Our Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta is joining a panel on EDI which will look at:

  • The value of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces
  • best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion
  • How to prevent and address discrimination and harassment in the online office
  • Impact of discrimination, daily verbal, behavioural and environmental indignities
Atlantic Technology Summit 2020

Taking place on November 18, this year’s Atlantic Technology Summit featured over 27 sessions covering the latest technology trends, informative discussions and panels with industry leaders. Dr. Leeno Karumanchery gave a session looking at:

  • Why metrics are key to doing good D&I work
  • How data will help drive lasting change in your organization
10th Business Law Summit

The Law Society of Ontario held its 10th Business Law Summit on November 16, 2020. MESH Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta will be presenting “Confronting Systemic Racism Using Data, Science and Metrics.”

Corporate Secretary Forum – Canada

Our Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta is joining a panel discussion, “Diversity and inclusion: working with the board and beyond.” Taking place on October 15th, the panel will cover:

  • How can governance professionals work with boards to increase diversity?
  • Can and should diversity metrics be part of executive and board compensation?
  • What corporate reporting should governance teams be developing around diversity?
Diversity in the Workplace – The Unconscious Bias in Recruiting and Hiring

Our own Dr. Leeno Karumanchery recently sat down for a panel hosted by Global Talent Accelerator alongside Cassie Myers, Founder and CEO of Lunaria Solutions, to discuss the negative impacts of unconscious bias in the hiring process and how to mitigate it. Watch the panel discussion here.

InfluenceHR Panel on Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

On July 9th, our own Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta participated in a panel host by InfluenceHR. Alongside s as Jason Karmody from Google, Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D., Professor at  Vanguard University, and International Diversity & Inclusion Hall of Fame Speaker Leonora Billings-Harris, the panel focused on a discussion of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging initiatives. 

Technology and Other Hacks by Design

Disruption in the legal profession is knocking at the door with so many new technologies available to the legal community. Our own Naveen Mehta joins an expert panel where you will hear how you can best harness digital and other technology to be competitive and enhance the process of change as you champion diversity and inclusion. This digital panel takes place on May 29 – register today!

ORDER of WMI and Propel Virtual Fireside Chat with Leeno Karumanchery

High performing teams don’t happen by accident – good leaders and managers need to be strong communicators to develop the culture their business needs to be responsive and adaptable to changes both internal and external. In this session, we discuss MESH/Diversity’s ‘3 Communication Pillars’ – what they are, and how they work to empower stronger teams – as well as some of the key traits that every indispensable communicator must have in their repertoire to survive and thrive. The webinar takes place May 25 – register here!

SocialHRCamp 2020 Virtual 4.0

On Thursday, April 30th, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be part of the SocialHRCamp 2020 Virtual 4.0 series. Joining Anna Dewar Gully, Dr. Kristen Liesch, Alysha M. Campbell and Jeff Waldman, the panel will be discussing cultivating continuing workplace diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Register for the session.

Forum on Workplace Inclusion

For the 2020 Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be presenting his session “When Passion is Not Enough: Understanding the Science to Belonging, Inclusion and Growth.This 3-hour session will be an in-depth look into why science and metrics must be at the centre of Diversity & Inclusion efforts within organizations.

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Advancing “WE” in Policing

As part of the Advancing “WE” in Policing 2020 Workshop, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be doing a 3-hour deep-dive session on February 20 into why the Diversity Intelligence™ is a game changer. He will move away from simplistic approaches to “diversity as difference,” to help participants understand how D&I, when done well, can help embed meaningful, self-sustaining culture change in Police Services.

Ask the Experts: Diversity & Inclusion for the Internal Communicator

Diversity and inclusion matters. And not just to your company’s bottom line. When we make our workplaces more diverse, inclusive, and empathetic, we’re not only fuelling innovation and productivity, we’re helping make work more meaningful and connected. Dr. Leeno Karumanchery joins three other panelists for an insightful webinar hosted by Bananatag.

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FACL Ontario Annual Conference and Gala

Taking place on February 8, 2020, our own Naveen Mehta will be speaking at the FACL Ontario 13th Annual Conference and Gala. Naveen will be speaking on the panel “Voices of Change: How to be an Ally to Racialized Women in Law” discussing the barriers racialized women face and how they can make their voices heard.

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Leadership Durham Diversity & Inclusion Day

On January 31, 2020, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be speaking at Leadership Durham for their Diversity & Inclusion day. Participants of the session will gain a thorough understanding of diversity in today’s world. They will understand how to utilize Diversity Intelligence™ to respect, appreciate and value the differences of others.

Catalyst: Women in Tech

We were very pleased to sponsor the “Catalyst: Women in Tech” event on January 15th, co-hosted by Quill Inc and Willful. This invite-only breakfast is geared toward non-engineering women in tech, and was an amazing opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and expand their networks.

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Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

At the 51st annual conference in San Francisco, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be delivering a session, “From Unconscious Bias to Harassment – How Microaggressions Are Changing the Workplace Landscape.” In this session, he will focus on how unconscious bias can lead to workplace discrimination, how to best understand microagressions and how they can lead harassment, and how to drive productive cultures and mitigate workplace harassment.

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SAAS North

Our own Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be speaking at this year’s SAAS North conference, taking place in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre in November. His session, “Scaling Culture Through Conversations: A Guide to Building Strong Remote & Dispersed Teams,” is coming up on November 27, 2019. 

Leeno at TEDxTalk Oshawa


On November 21, our own Dr. Leeno Karumanchery will be giving a talk as part of the TEDxOshawaED event. We are thrilled to have him speaking at this forum focused on issues of equity and marginalization, and how they might intersect with technology and what the future of education might look like.

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EDI Imperative

Taking place in Ottawa, our own Chief Legal Officer Naveen Mehta gavea keynote speech at this year’s OSPE EDI Imperative, focused on changing the profile of STEAM in Canada. This talk took place during the conference on November 6, 2019.

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Greater Nashville IT Summit

A one-day conference on October 15, 2019, this year’s theme revolved around “digital transformation,” with content tracks focused on emerging technologies, cloud strategy and adoption, and leadership transformation. Dr. Leeno Karumanchery presented his talk, “Bringing D&I into your DNA: How Measuring Inclusion Drives Results Across the Talent Cycle,” which touches on the MESH Diversity Intelligence™ Platform as a tool that actually allows leaders to measure inclusion with real data and metrics.

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Global Conference Board

In September, MESH/diversity was invited to present at a private event in Washington, D.C., put on by The Conference Board. This event was for their Global chapter. It provided an exciting opportunity for us to share the progress we’ve made in the Diversity & Inclusion field with a group that has a global reach.

MESH with the group at ICTAM


In August, MESH/diversity was invited to speak with a group at ICTAM for their #EqualityEquationWpg event. During his session, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery spoke on the importance of how power dynamics play a role in the way people interact in their workplace culture. He also shared insights on some best practices for designing an effective D&I strategy, including a follow-up webinar with attendees to go further in-depth.

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Atlantic Venture Forum 2019

Alongside other companies working in Information & Communications Technology, MESH/diversity presented at the 2019 Atlantic Venture Forum in Halifax, June 27. We enjoyed sharing the innovative work we have been doing in the Diversity & Inclusion field and how it incorporates technology to make inclusion a metric that matters for your organization.

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atd 2019

Dr. Leeno Karumanchery delivered his speech, “When Passion is Not Enough: Understanding the Science of Belonging, Inclusion and Growth,” at the ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C.. He touched on his groundbreaking Diversity Intelligence approach to speak on the importance of metrics when it comes to effective D&I strategy.

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Heading to Phoenix, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery delivered his talk, “Better Communication Through Diversity Intelligence,” an eye-opening session aimed toward communicators. Understanding the connections that runs between “Diversity” and “Emotional Intelligence” is key to how we build better communications between diverse people in our organizations.

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Culture is integral to whether an organization can effectively attract, hire, develop and retain top talent. Recognizing D&I as a vital piece of the puzzle, forward thinking leaders are doing everything they can to drive the change, and in spite of the effort, results remain quite hit and miss. In his talk, “What if we could actually measure inclusion?” Dr. Leeno Karumanchery tackled this problem at the Inclusion19 event in Zurich in April.

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