Equal Opportunities Committee

UTE Equal Opportunities National Conference

August 16, 2019

TO:     Executive Council
           Alt. Regional Vice-Presidents
           All Local Presidents

RE:      UTE Equal Opportunities National Conference – Ottawa ON

DATES:             October 24 - 27, 2019 

TIMES:               Thursday, October 24, 2019 (1/2-day travel)
                            6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Registration (room: Pinnacle)
                            8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Wine & Cheese Reception – Hospitality Suite (room: Pinnacle)

                            Friday, October 25, 2019
                            8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration (outside Ballroom B&C)
                            9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference (rooms: Ballroom B&C)
                            5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Hospitality Suite (room: Pinnacle)

(To respect the diversity of the participants attending the Conference, no alcoholic beverages will be served in the hospitality suite.)  THIS EVENING ONLY

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Conference (rooms: Ballroom B&C)
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Hospitality Suite (room: Pinnacle)

Sunday, October 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Conference (rooms: Ballroom B&C)

LOCATION:      Hotel Delta Ottawa
                           101 Lyon Street N.
                           Ottawa ON K1R 5T9
                           (Note that this is a non-smoking hotel)

                           Toll-free:  1-888-236-2427


REGISTRATION: Online only via the following link:  


The deadline for registration is 23:59 EDT, September 6, 2019. Local Presidents must also approve the registrations by the deadline.

All registrations received after 23:59 EDT, September 6, 2019 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, and/or Andrea Holmes via telephone (613) 235-6704 or e-mail holmesa@ute-sei.org.

THEME: “Making an Impact”

The Conference objectives are:

  1. Identifying and overcoming our ingrained biases
  2. Using our power and influence well
  3. Celebrating and building on our achievements

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);
    • Hotel:  three (3) nights (paid directly by the UTE);
    • Travel:  advance sent directly to the Local;
    • 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