Date: July 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Viewing Platform: Zoom (registrants will be sent login details closer to the date)
Cost: Free!!

The benefits of a diverse workforce are well documented and as organizations strive for greater diversity, ensuring that hiring practices are more inclusive, equitable, and provide increased opportunity for those in underrepresented and marginalized groups is paramount. Inclusive hiring requires an understanding of the barriers and biases that exist and planning your recruitment in a manner that supports a fair and equitable process for all candidates. In this session, we will discuss common biases faced throughout the hiring process and approaches to counter acting those biases. We will also discuss some of the tools and practices that can be used to address bias, aid in decision making, and help achieve more equitable hiring.

Learning Outcomes:
• Increase understanding of the common types of unconscious biases that occur in hiring
• Increase knowledge of processes, tools, and tactics that contribute to more equitable hiring practices

Christie Chavez

Project Coordinator, Search + Talent


Fully bilingual, Christie joined KCI in 2018, and since that time has provided project support in searches across Canada.

Christie brings excellent client-service experience and a strong attention to detail, thanks to her past work as a Tenant and Community Services Assistant at Toronto Community Housing, and also as Research Assistant at Food Banks Canada.

Christie has a passion for learning and has obtained a Bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from York University, Glendon Campus.

Christine Cho

Senior Search Consultant, Search + Talent


Christine brings 18 years of non-profit leadership experience to our team, plus six years in advertising.

Most recently Christine spent three years with the Arthritis Society as Vice President, Direct Response Marketing. Previously, Christine held progressive leadership roles with World Vision Canada, worked with World Wildlife Fund and was an independent direct marketing fundraising consultant. Earlier, Christine worked in advertising for 6 years with firms such as J. Walter Thompson Interactive Division, MacLaren McCann, and Calexis.

Christine is an active volunteer, serving as member of the Chapter Support Committee with the Global Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. She obtained her CFRE designation in 2020.

Samantha David

Senior Consultant, Search + Talent


Samantha joined KCI after 30 years in the not-for-profit sector focused on program delivery, fundraising, and marketing. In addition to her skills in external relations, Samantha brings strong experience in Board relations, organizational leadership, and coaching and mentoring teams.

Prior to joining KCI, Samantha spent eight years working in student nutrition, first as head of marketing and fundraising, and then as Executive Director of Breakfast for Learning. Earlier, Samantha held roles in fundraising, marketing, and programs at Camp Oochigeas, the Alzheimer Society, MedicAlert and WoodGreen Foundation.

A graduate of McGill University with a Master of Social Work, Samantha holds a certificate in Adult Education from St Francis Xavier University. Samantha has also completed the Ivey Executive Leadership Program. Her training in education and leadership led to positions as an instructor at Humber College, in the Fundraising Management graduate certificate program, and as a consultant writing corporate on-line training courses.

Mona IP

Senior Search Consultant, Search + Talent


Mona is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Mona is a social entrepreneur and board member with several non-profits. In 2016, Mona founded Communefamille, multilingual inclusive space designed for young children and their parents/caregivers, to reduce isolation, access resources and encourage “l’entraide”, serving hundreds of families over the last four years.

Previously, Mona worked as a diplomat in China, Eastern Europe and Ottawa with Government Affairs Canada. As Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Mona was responsible for promoting Canadian trade and investment objectives, as well as supporting provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and bilateral and grassroot organizations. Mona has also worked in Executive Search previously, working with Ray & Berndtson in Hong Kong and China. She also served as a volunteer on the Board of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce.

Mona holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies from the (SOAS) at the University of London, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English Literature from Queen’s University. She is fluent English and French, functional in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and she also has working knowledge of Polish.

Ellie Rusonik

Associate Vice President, Search + Talent


Ellie is a highly experienced development professional with over twenty years in the not-for-profit sector, including deep experience in a national organization. She brings broad leadership expertise as varied as board development and engagement, philanthropy and major gift fundraising, event planning and community outreach, and marketing communications. Ellie is known as a dynamic leader and consummate team player who has hired, inspired, and coached many promising and successful sector leaders; she shares that expertise with our clients.

Ellie is valued for her strategic thinking, strong project management, and collaborative and communicative style.

Prior to joining KCI, Ellie held an executive role at Geneva Centre for Autism as the lead for fundraising, marketing, communications. Prior to that she spent 16+ years with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in a range of nationwide fundraising and marketing leadership roles including overseeing Annual Giving and Corporate initiatives.

She is an active volunteer with True Patriot Love and a past board member with the Ontario Volleyball Association and volunteer with Maccabi Canada. Ellie holds a BSc in Kinesiology and a certificate in Sport Administration from York University.