This conference is taking place on the territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people and the work of Cicely Blain Consulting and our co-conspirators takes place on other parts of stolen and occupied Indigenous land including, but not limited to the land of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Stolo, Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.


The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people have been here as long as there has been land to live upon. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. (source

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The STRATAGEM LABS are a brand new and unique solution to organizational development; a full day of brainstorming, problem solving and visioning for a more inclusive workplace. After a day and a half of learning at STRATAGEM, teams are invited to spend the day with some of Vancouver’s best community organizers and changemaking professionals. 


Why attend the LABS?


The LABS give you a unique opportunity to begin (or continue) your organization’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and workplace justice. We’re bringing some of the best facilitators and consultants right to you! This work is hard, long-term and expensive but meaningful – we want you to feel inspired to continue this journey with a brilliant foundation. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t have enough time, money or resources to begin this process – here’s your chance at a leg up!


Schedule Overview

9AM - 12PM – LABS part 1

12AM - 1.30PM – Lunch & Performance

1.30PM - 4PM – LABS part 2

4PM - 5PM – Presentation


In the weeks leading up to the conference, participants will be sent a registration form to select their stream. 


Vision & Values
  • Re-envision your organization’s purpose with diversity & inclusion as foundational values

  • Align your mission with your commitment to social justice

  • Develop specific strategies for recruiting, retaining and most importantly supporting diverse talent

  • Develop on-boarding practices that enhance your team's understanding of diversity & inclusion

Policy Development
  • Update policies to reflect more inclusive language

  • Develop specific anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies for a safer workplace

  • Create and curate content for your website, newsletter and so on, that reflects a commitment to social justice

  • Develop a social media strategy that uplifts your community and reflects genuine diversity

Amal Rana


Vision & Values

Amal Rana is the Director and Founder of Cambium Arts & Education. She is a widely respected Inclusion Consultant, Racial Justice Organizer and Educator. Her work is informed by Muslim, feminist, labour, LGBTQI2S+ and other intersectional communities she is is a part of.  


Amongst other civic participation, she sits on the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver and the coordinating collective for the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements.

Trina Isakson


Policy Development

Trina Isakson supports nonprofit executives with bold and future-oriented projects. Through research, facilitation, strategy, and process design, she helps leaders answer important questions and helps organizations move forward in changing times. She values curiosity, connection, unconventionality, quiet, and liberation.


Trina’s clients include local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, as well as government and higher education departments that serve community. She has taught a variety of university courses on community development and nonprofit leadership and management, and is founder of the Quiet Changemaker Project.


Trina is deeply influenced by past learning experience on transformational consulting (Robert Gass/Social Transformation Project), Deep Democracy (Aftab Erfan), and emergent strategy (adrienne maree brown). She holds an MBA in community economic development from Cape Breton University, Bachelors of Education and Science from UBC, and a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from SFU.


Trina grew up in Salmon Arm BC, and now lives on Tla’amin territory in Powell River.

Parker Johnson



Parker Johnson is an independent consultant in the field of harassment and discrimination prevention, workplace equity and inclusion, conflict resolution, leadership development, and organizational change. He also is an Associate with the consulting group Elevate Inclusion Strategies and on Faculty with the Inner Activist Program. Parker worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years as an Equal Employment Opportunity Advisor (2007-2017). Prior to moving to Canada in 2002, he worked in the US in higher education administration and policy focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion for over 15 years. Parker has an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  

Zoe Grams



Zoe Grams is founder and principal of ZG Communications, a feminist marketing agency that woks with not for profits, publishers and writers. Through ZG she has championed dozens of books, many of which are bestsellers; launched challenging social change initiatives; and secured hundreds of media opportunities for clients. She holds an MA in Philosophy from The University of Glasgow, and lived in Scotland until emigrating to Canada in 2010, where she now lives and works on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation. She is a former director and co-chair of The KidSafe Project and a current director of WISH Drop-In Centre Society. She is deeply passionate about the powers of language, community and imagination. 

LABS Frequently Asked Questions

How did you come up with the LABS concept?

So many companies and organizations are looking to move in diversity and inclusion initiatives with the hopes of making a difference. But, it's hard work! As diversity inclusion professionals one of the biggest things we notice is fear and trepidation in starting this process - where do we begin? how long will it take? how much will it cost? These are all super valid concerns and we want this day to ease some of the stress. Yes, it is long-term, hard work but we hope this opportunity will give you some insight into how achievable your goals really are as well as connect you with some brilliant consultants and facilitators.

Who are the LABS for?

The LABS are designed with teams in mind. Our hope is that you'll come with your team/co-workers and spend the day brainstorming and designing together. This way, when you get back to the office you're all on the same page and have a springboard from which to launch into a long-term diversity and inclusion initiative. 

We believe this process is useful to any team, regardless or organization type, size, structure or industry. Whether you're a small contingent from a multi-national company or a full team from a small non-profit, we believe you can benefit immensely from this creative and interactive process.

Why is $550 for two days?

We believe the expertise and wisdom you're receiving is priceless. The LABS are a thoroughly designed process with the engagement of talented and sought-after professionals in this industry. 

Is there ASL-EN interpretation for the LABS?

Interpretation and accessibility accommodations are available upon request. Given the dynamic and moving nature of DAY 2, we'll need to know in advance if you require ASL-EN interpretation so we can match you up with the right interpreter and have them be where you need them to be! Please get in touch by September 10th to confirm interpretation for DAY 2 (DAY 1 is already included).