This Learning Hub is designed for leaders who are new to DEl or want to build upon their skills. It's also applicable to anyone at the manager level, regardless of their industry, who wants to become a more inclusive leader.

Newcomer Employment Success Program (NESP)

This program focuses on helping newcomers to Canada understand the Canadian employment market, how and where their skills fit into the employment market, how to consider/position/communicate their skills/experiences for optimal results and how to build a long-term successful career in the Canadian marketplace.

The purpose of this program is to provide the individual with:

  • Understanding of the Canadian marketplace, expectations of a good employee and employee rights. What barriers might they face? How can we help them mitigate against those barriers?
  • Help create an awareness of their Canadian-relevant marketable skills/experiences and where these skills ideally fit into the employment market
  • How to use each job to build the foundation of your career and use it to build a strong & meaningful long-term career

To accommodate the evolving needs of nabs community, there will be 3 provided program options, based on differing levels of content and engagement. This program will be highly customized to the groups of 10 participants, and it is anticipated that we will move fluidly between all three options depending on the changing needs of the group, this will help us refine our offering for future participants. Other resources will be provided about the industry in Canada. We anticipate having guest speakers from various disciplines speak to the participants, to provide context around the various roles creative/account/strategy/media.

Submission deadline for our inaugural cohort: July 1st, 2022


nabs LifeSpeak DEI Learning Hub

  • Visit the DEI Learning Hub HERE!

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEl) are more than buzzwords. When put into practice effectively, DEl initiatives can help create stronger teams, healthier cultures, and more successful organizations. The question is, how do you get there?

This Learning Hub is designed for leaders who are new to DEl or want to build upon their skills. It’s also applicable to anyone at the manager level, regardless of their industry, who wants to become a more inclusive leader.

Starting with the basics, this Learning Hub explains why DEl is important and outlines how to build the DEl business case. Once you have gained the foundational DEI knowledge and have a better understanding of the landscape, it delves into how you can drive change at the organizational or manager level with specific strategies and actions.

This Learning Hub is led by LifeSpeak experts with vast experience helping leaders and employers to move the needle on DEI. It will take you from a place of awareness and equip you to become a DEl leader, advocate, or ally.

 A user is guided through a series of expert-led content modalities (video, tip sheets, blog posts, etc.) at their own pace; upon completion of the playlist they will have gained valuable knowledge and gleaned practical tips that they can implement in their own lives straight away.

Indigenous Canada Online Certificate Course

University of Alberta – 21 hours – 100% online

  • Apply for FREE HERE!

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.


Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit and Articles

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Work – Toolkit
  • Think you may be gay, lesbian or bi-sexual? – Article
  • Teaching Your Kids about Diversity and Tolerance – Article
  • Helping Children Respect and Appreciate Diversity – Article
  • Diversity in the Workplace – Article
  • Effective Communication in a Culturally Diverse Workplace – Article
  • Saying No to Workplace Harassment – Article
  • A Little Respect Goes a Long Way – Article
  • Diversity 101 Dealing with Cultural Differences in the Workplace – Article
  • Re-traumatization and Coping with News Reports of Racial Injustice – Article
  • Coping with Feelings of Fear and Anxiety About Violence – Article


Industry Associations





POCAM exists to ensure the voice, vision and talent of BIPOC professionals are fully and fairly present in Canadian Advertising and Marketing. POCAM was founded as an industry organization in 2020 by Alyssa Dominique, Stephanie Small, Joshua Richards, Julian Franklin, Justin Senior and Gavin Barrett. It was incorporated as a NFP in early 2021. The organization has its online roots in the POCA LinkedIn Group launched by Stephanie Small in 2019. POCAM is over 1200 members and growing.

  • If you identify as BIPOC, considering joining POCAM – learn more HERE!




Black Talent Initiative (BTI)

Black Talent Initiative (BTI) is a volunteer-driven, social impact organization committed to delivering professional development, mentorship and community for Black talent seeking career advancement. Volunteers and partners across North America collaborate with BTI to create connections and career opportunities for Black talent. An MH3 Collective venture, BTI was born of shared compassion, lived experience, and a vision to inspire equitable, anti-racist workplaces for today and tomorrow.

  • To join the movement and learn more about BTI, visit HERE!






MH3 Collective

The MH3 Collective is a group of ventures inspired and co-founded by Mark Harrison. From advertising and sponsorship marketing to integrated communications and education, each company shares a collective consciousness that focuses on empowering people, promoting social equity and reimagining a world where entrepreneurial passion and purpose comes to life.

  • Follow the MH3 Collective on LinkedIn to learn more – LinkedIn


Scholarship Programs



How do you get your foot in the door if there isn’t one?

The 20Doors Scholarship Fund was launched by Zulu Alpha Kilo Founder and Chief Creative Officer Zak Mroueh. Founded in 2008, Zulu Alpha Kilo has built a reputation as one of the most respected independent agencies in the world. The company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is rooted in the belief that more diversity leads to better creativity.

When starting his career in the late-1980s, Mroueh faced a number of barriers to landing a creative job in advertising. In fact, he was told he’d never make it in the business because he didn’t have the right credentials, background or connections to get his foot in the door. The 20Doors Scholarship Fund is his agency’s way of giving back to the industry by opening the door for 20 of the best and brightest minds.


BIPOC Canadians are underrepresented in the ad industry. Many of these young minds never even consider a career as an advertising creative. Why? Because often there is no door for them to enter the industry.


The 20Doors Scholarship Fund is about opening doors for new voices. The initiative will cover the tuition for four BIPOC candidates each year, over the next five years, to complete a year-long post-graduate program in copywriting or art direction. Additionally, Zulu Alpha Kilo will provide recipients with the mentorship they need to start a successful career in advertising.


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