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Welcome to the Changing Lenses podcast, advancing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in work and business. I’m your host, Rosie Yeung, a cis-gendered female, immigrant, Chinese-Canadian, who’s lived on both sides of discrimination and privilege. I’m also a certified HR and finance leader, with 20-years’ experience in for-profits and charities.

Spoiler alert: we’re for anyone who also wants greater JEDI, but not everyone will like what we have to say. Because I believe that we can't truly change inequity, if we only see through a business lens.

So if you’re open to new perspectives that will challenge your views, and spark bold ideas for lasting change – please join us in Changing Lenses.

Each episode is recorded remotely and hosted on land that is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

Episode 10 - Season Finale - Are We Ready For Real Change?

December 21, 2020

As I reflect back on the first season of the podcast, it’s become clear to me that systemic change starts with personal change. I believe true inclusion and equity requires sacrificing some of our self-interests, like power, position, even profit. The question is – are we willing to make change happen, if it means changing and sacrificing ourselves?

In this season finale, I share my thoughts on the “business case” and the costs of true inclusion, equity and diversity; why inclusion policies and training are not enough; and what’s next for Changing Lenses. (The podcast will take a short hiatus, but will be back in 2021!)

Episode 09 - Diversity Isn’t Just Skin Colour, with Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang

December 15, 2020

“The more we can learn that skill of asking better questions, of being curious, of self-examining our own biases and perspectives - Wow. That's the kind of world that I want to be a part of.”

Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang, Director of Tyndale Intercultural Ministries, shares with us what cultural competency means, how it benefits us in life and work, challenges practitioners face, and easy (and fun!) ways we can all grow our intercultural awareness. (No training programs required!)

Episode 08 - “Otherwise Good People” in Workplace Discrimination, with Shanaaz Gokool

December 7, 2020

“Systemic discrimination makes a lot of good people, 'Otherwise Good People', the talented people I work with – members, donors, supporters of the organization – through no fault of their own, complicit in discriminatory behavior and practices. That's how insidious this is.”

In this episode, Shanaaz Gokool, human rights activist and former CEO, courageously shares her personal story of discrimination, and gives practical ways that we can effect change.

Episode 07 - When a House is not a Home, with Alyssa Brierley

November 25, 2020

What happens when capital markets and individual landlords control access to a fundamental human right?

A house or condo has changed from being a place to live, and a shelter for families, into a profit-making business – something to help us retire earlier.

Join us as Alyssa Brierley, human rights lawyer, explains the reasons for the global housing crisis, shares real-life stories of tenant eviction and discrimination, and challenges us to put people before profit.

Episode 06 - It’s not Healthcare without Pharmacare, with Doret Cheng

November 10, 2020

Did you know that if you don’t have private health insurance, you likely have to pay for life-saving drugs out of your own pocket? Did you know that Canada’s healthcare ranks second last out of 10 countries? Without pharmacare, Canada’s “healthcare” system is NOT universal.

In part 2 of our healthcare series, Doret Cheng, a practicing pharmacist and university lecturer on global health, explains why healthcare equality is NOT equity, and how we can afford a national pharmacare program.

As a bonus, I ask Doret her thoughts on how a COVID vaccine should be equitably distributed.


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