Equal Opportunities Committee

UTE Regional Equal Opportunities Conference – Toronto ON

October 9, 2018

TO:     Executive Council
           Alt. Regional Vice-Presidents
           Local Presidents (Greater Toronto Region, N.E. Ontario, S.W. Ontario)

RE:      UTE Regional Equal Opportunities Conference – Toronto ON

The Conference for the Greater Toronto Region, N.E. Ontario, S.W. Ontario will be held in Toronto, Ontario.

DATES:             November 29 to December 2, 2018

TIMES:              Thursday, November 29, 2018 (travel time)
                           7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Registration
                           6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hospitality reception (room 401)
                           (To respect the diversity of the participants attending the Conference,
                          no alcoholic beverages will be served in the hospitality suite.)

                           Friday, November 30, 2018
                           8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
                           9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference

                           Saturday, December 1, 2018
                           9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference

                           Sunday, December 2, 2018 (travel time)

LOCATION:      (Note that this is a non-smoking hotel)
                           InterContinental Toronto Centre
                           225 Front Street West
                           Toronto, Ontario  M5V 2X3

       Toll-free:   1-800-422-7969
       Website:   https://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/contact

REGISTRATION: Online only via the following link:


The deadline for registration is 23:59 EDT, October 22, 2018. Locals must also approve the registrations by the deadline.

All registrations received after 23:59 EDT, October 22, 2018 will be denied.

If you wish to submit your registration via printed form or other form due to a disability(ies), please contact Chantal Beauchamp via telephone (613) 235-6704 or e-mail beauchc@ute-sei.org, Andrea Holmes via telephone  (613) 235-6704 or e-mail holmesa@ute-sei.org.

THEME: “Awareness – Empowerment – Action”

The Conference objectives are:

  •       Embrace and understand equity issues; and
  •       Learn how to be change you want to see; and
  •       Go back to your local, share your knowledge and stand up!

The agenda is attached to this memorandum.

These objectives will be achieved through plenary sessions and workshops. This will be an opportunity for you to network with other equity group members and others.


  •  The UTE National will fund two (2) members per Local.
  •  Funding will consist of:
    • Per Diem:  four (4) days (cheque sent to the participants); and
    • Hotel:  three (3) nights (paid directly by the UTE); and
    • Travel:  advance sent directly to the Local; and
    • Family care allowance, if required; and
    • Loss of salary
  • Note: Participants are reminded that we have guaranteed a specific number of hotel rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  In return for this guarantee, the hotel has agreed to waive the cost of meeting rooms.  As a result, participants are expected to attend all sessions of the Conference and not cancel the hotel room or alter the arrangements.  In the event of an emergency that could affect the hotel room or arrangements, please contact your RVP. If a participant does not attend all sessions of the Conference, they will waive their per diem for each day they are not attending a session.


  • The conference is intended for UTE members who have limited or no knowledge / experience of equity issues. We strongly encourage Locals to fund other interested participants.

For all queries / concerns related to the Conference, contact Andrea Holmes via telephone (613) 235-6704 or email (holmesa@ute-sei.org) or the undersigned via telephone (613) 371-7027 or email  (koendel@ute-sei.org).

In Solidarity,

Linda Koenders
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Committee

c.c.     EO Committee