UNTAPPED 2020: BC Workplace Inclusion Awards postponed due to growing concerns over COVID-19 Virus
SAVE THE (NEW) DATE: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Open Door Group has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 UnTapped B.C. Workplace Inclusion Awards. Originally set to take place on Thursday, April 9, the awards will now take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020 during B.C. Disability Employment Month. Following mounting concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we feel this is the best way to proceed to ensure that everyone who wants to attend can do so and to ensure the integrity of the event.
Our team has reached out directly to attendees, nominees, and sponsors with additional information. We will be monitoring the situation and stay in communication as the situation evolves. Should anyone have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to Elizabeth Vu – [email protected]
Thank you and see you in September!
Tapping into new talent pools is a top priority for BC employers with the Province poised to be among Canada’s leaders in economic growth in the coming decade. Baby boomers are retiring, fewer young people are entering the workforce, and yet our demand for more skilled workers across all sectors and professions continues to grow. Many employers find themselves confronting an unprecedented labour shortage — affecting their capacity, their growth, and hindering their competitiveness.
The most successful companies have started developing strategies for engaging non-traditional skilled talent pools including aboriginal communities, candidates with disabilities, recent immigrants, women, youth and older workers, and more.
UnTapped is an annual campaign that celebrates BC Businesses and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces. The campaign begins on December 3, 2019 and culminates with a Gala event on April 9, 2020 in Vancouver, B.C.
In its 8th year, UnTapped 2020 will focus on inclusion of persons with disabilities. Between December 3 and February 14, nominations are open to recognize businesses of all sectors and sizes. Approved nominees are featured through a social media campaign showcasing these different businesses and specific examples of how they are moving towards being inclusive employers. In the months leading up to the gala, webinars will take place featuring experts and advocates on inclusion in the workplace. The webinars will provide attendees – businesses and community agencies across the province – tangible knowledge on how they can become an inclusive workplace and tap into this talent pool. Finally, on September 7th, over 300 people will gather at UBC’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre to celebrate the individuals and businesses who have shown demonstrated leadership, impact and innovation in being inclusion champions in the workplace and community.
Hot Ones: The UnTapped Edition
Check out our mini video series of Hot Ones: The UnTapped Edition where we challenge CEOs and business leaders in British Columbia to eat really spicy wings and talk about how they are champions for inclusive hiring in the workplace.
“The demand for qualified, motivated employees around the world greatly exceeds supply. One of the reasons is that employers have traditionally over-looked workers that do not fit easily into one-size-fits-all mold.”
The UnTapped Awards Gala will take place on April 9, 2020 at the Jack Poole Hall – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC. This is your unique chance to meet with hundreds of top business across BC! Over the course of the evening, business leaders are joined to a delicious meal, lively entertainment, top industry keynote, as well as inspiring stories from the recipients of the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards. Registration is now open!
Help us to recognize the outstanding achievements of BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in workplace inclusion by nominating them or yourself for the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards. From large businesses to non-profit organizations, from managers to frontline staff, the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards honour those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity at work at all levels of the labour market. Nominations are now open until February 14th, 2020.
UnTapped Sponsorship provides opportunities to raise your company profile and position yourself as one of the industry leaders in Diversity and Inclusion. This year, we offer a wide range of sponsorship packages that fit all sizes of budget! If you are planning to have more than four attendees at our gala night, remember to check our cost-effective sponsorship packages for complimentary passes and advertising opportunities, together with an exhibition areas to showcase your businesses to our VIP guests. UnTapped 2020 Sponsorship package available now!