Diversity brings both challenges and opportunities; in most cases, the challenges come first.  The benefits of diversity come when employees from diverse cultures have learned to work with one another; they can then come up with innovative solutions because they look at the same problems from different angles.

Using insightful diagrams and powerful real life example, this presentation compares the way employees from diverse cultures are taught to think and communicate to the way their Canadian counterparts are taught to think and communicate in order to break down the challenges brought by cultural diversity.  This session will examine the root cause of cross-cultural misunderstandings within the high-tech sector in order to propose concrete, tried-and tested solutions.

Our speaker, Lionel Laroche, will address:

  • How do Canadian organizations approach talent management?
  • How do immigrant employees approach career management?
  • Why is there a gap and how can we bridge it?
  • Strategies that you can bring back to your organization

When people build knowledge and skills to communicate with managers, employees, colleagues and clients from diverse cultures, they form a new inclusive culture, which becomes a competitive advantage to their organizations to achieve better business results.

Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P.Eng., received his education in France and the United States and started his career in Canada as an engineer, which also gave him the opportunity to work in Germant and Italy on expatriate assignments.  The cultural adaptation process, after immigrating to Canada and working on international assignments for multinational companies, taught him so much that he decided to use the knowledge to help professionals from all over the world succeed in Canada and Canadian organization benefit from the opportunities brought by a diverse workforce.

Over the past 20 years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 75000 people in 18 countries.  Lionel specializes in helping organizations turn the challenges associated with cultural diversity into a source of creativity and innovation.


The TechConnex AGM will provide members with a brief overview of the past year’s performance and a peek into the future as the Board sets direction for the year to come.

11:30am – 12:00pm – Registration, Lunch and Networking
12:00pm – 12:30pm – AGM
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Guest Speaker, Lionel Laroche, Ph.D, P.Eng