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Ready to make real change? Let us be your in-house DEI team.

Tired of “drop in the bucket” diversity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and too-basic training? Ready to make a real change? Partner with Bright + Early’s dedicated diversity and inclusion team to dive deep, get real and build foundational programs and policies that make a true difference. If you’re keen to shift from good intentions to real outcomes, let’s talk.

We don’t just tell you how to improve; we get hands on and build it.

Here are some ways we can help:

  • Intentional, customized and organization-wide diversity and inclusion philosophies and strategies that embed DEI into the whole business

  • DEI audits of your organization’s processes, policies and working norms

  • Strategies for inclusive talent sourcing and attraction

  • Building mentorship and community through ERG creation and committee engagements

  • Assistance with external DEI commitments such as community donation frameworks and partnerships

  • Training leaders on inclusive management

  • 1:1 coaching and advisory for leaders on inclusion matters and challenges

We’re ready for organizations that are keen to disrupt corporate DEI norms and build something impactful.

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What is your approach to diversity and inclusion?

We don’t take an one-size-fits-all approach, but customize our work around your particular organization and goals. We value equity over equality, real change over marketing and DEI buzzwords, and take an approach of listening and learning first. We’re inspired by Indigenous perspectives and theories of decolonized work, and incorporate these into our inclusion consulting practice.

Do you offer bias training?

Not anymore. Though in the past we offered introductory diversity and inclusion training, including sessions on bias and basic inclusion definitions, we have discontinued this service. Basic DEI information is widely available online, and we want to focus on helping you take the next step and apply it meaningfully. We are happy to recommend free online resources to learn the basics.

I want an inclusive pay / recruiting / onboarding program, can you help?

Yes! Our HR and compensation consulting offerings are already designed to be inclusive, and are vetted and reviewed against standards and best practices set by our DEI team.

Some of our clients

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"Bright + Early is what every company needs for their DEI Strategy. They were a fantastic extension to our existing People & Culture Team and supported us through our continuous DEI journey. They got to know our people and learn our culture to provide the best way for us to be impactful as a company and educate our employees. Trust me; you want Bright + Early on your team!"

Hemalee Sisodraker, Director People and Culture, Endy

"We partnered with Bright and Early in 2020 to build out the foundation of our DEI strategy, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Shav was an incredible partner and taught us so much about how to consider and solve for equity in the workplace. Our meetings were one of my favorites every week! Shav (Bright and Early) helped our team, build up our competencies around DEI work, and set us up to carry the work forward on our own."

Shelby Reaburn, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, BenchSci

"Bright + Early are the folks you need in your camp if you are looking for transformational HR practices. They are progressive, execution-focused and thoughtful in their approach to helping you build the modern workplace. And, they are super fun to work with on top. What else can a CEO ask for? OK, some skittles maybe."

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Shrad Rao, CEO, Wagepoint

"Bright + Early came aboard the Juno team at a key moment in our growth. We were experiencing the definition of growing pains, combined with clear indications from all sides that I needed to level up as a leader in a big way. ZJ and Nora both supported us through it, and after a few tough months, my team's culture was transformed. I changed, too."

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Heather Payne, CEO, Juno College of Technology

"Bright + Early has been instrumental in bringing out the best in our company, our people, and our culture. As a tech startup, it’s important to choose partners that understand your industry and all the unique challenges that come with it. Bright + Early has the expertise, experience, and caring attitude to get the right things done from an HR and employee experience perspective."

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Roxana Zaman, COO, Maple

"Hiring B&E right after our Series A was the best move we made. It allowed us to build a great HR foundation in the most important time as we were scaling the company...  I highly recommend adding B&E to your team as early as possible. You won't regret it."

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Izzy Rosenzweig, CEO, Browze

Our DEI Experts

Stephanie BergmanSr. HR Consultant, Team Lead(She/Her)
Stephanie BergmanSr. HR Consultant, Team Lead

Stephanie brings her passion for building inclusive and engaging workplaces to Bright + Early after spending 5+ years leading employee experience, diversity, and L&D consulting at large non-profit organizations. She has built client solutions focused on D&I, Indigenous community engagement, learning and development, employee experience, and retention for companies large and small. Stephanie is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, serves as the Women's Representative on the North Bay Métis Council, and is an avid backcountry adventurer.

Shav Hasfal-McIntoshDEI Consulting Lead(She/Her)
Shav Hasfal-McIntoshDEI Consulting Lead

Shav has spent over 10 years leading teams across employee experience, culture, and diversity & belonging for category leading companies within the tech, CPG, and non-profit industries. She is committed to building equitable communities through creating access to spaces for groups that have been traditionally marginalized and underrepresented in the corporate world. Shav has held positions as a Diversity & Inclusion leader at Wealthsimple, Diversity & Belonging Lead at Shopify and is a board member at Manifesto, Invest Ottawa, and on the Accelerate Her Future Advisory Committee.

Clea Arrieta HR Consultant She/Her
Clea ArrietaHR and DEI Consultant

Clea is a big sister, first generation Canadian, and queer woman of colour. With years of experience leading DEI across startup, nonprofit and retail organizations, you can count on Clea to be an empathetic leader keen to partner with orgs to develop and support their HR processes and policies while embedding DEI values within all projects she takes on.

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