Unconscious bias – Additional resources


  • Unconscious bias training is best delivered in person. This topic requires interaction, trust, and the opportunity for people to meet in a safe environment. E-learning or webinars on their own are not appropriate delivery methods for unconscious bias training, nor will they produce measurable change. At minimum, consider a blended approach that includes some in-person training.
  • Status of Women Canada (SWC) is not responsible for the content of third party links.

Government of Canada unconscious bias training

  • Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) internal college has a course available to their employees called Richness of our differences.
  • The Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) can be hired by other federal government organizations to deliver tailored training on unconscious bias.
    • The overall goal of this session is to increase awareness of unconscious bias and its influence on behaviour and decision-making.
    • If you would like to hire CIL for training on unconscious bias, you can contact them at: cultures@international.gc.ca.

Online resources

Abdel-Magied, Yassmin. TedTalk: What does my headscarf mean to you? [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbHkh_faQu8

Canada Research Chairs. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practices for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/best_practices-pratiques_examplaires-eng.aspx

Canada Research Chairs. Unconscious bias training module [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/bias/module-eng.aspx?pedisable=false

EY and Royal Bank of Canada. Outsmarting our brains: Overcoming hidden biases to harness diversity’s true potential [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/Outsmarting-our-brains/$FILE/EY-RBC-Overcoming-hidden-biaises-to-harness-diversity.pdf

Funchess, Melanie. TedTalk: Implicit Bias – how it effects us and how we push through [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr8G7MtRNlk#action=share

Goodman, Neal. Unconscious Bias [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://trainingmag.com/trgmag-article/unconscious-bias

Google. Decoding Diversity: Unconscious Bias at Work [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7EzKQWGFIE

Graybridge Malkham. Unconscious Bias: Understanding Our Brain’s Processes for Bias Control [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: http://graybridgemalkam.com/courses-workshops/diversity-inclusion/unconscious-bias-understanding-our-brains-processes-bias

Intercultural Development Inventory. The Roadmap to Intercultural Competence Using the IDI [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://idiinventory.com

Keereepart, Thaniya. 3 design principles to help us overcome everyday bias [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6dstCUWsFY

Mahdawi, Arwa. TedTalk: The Surprising Solution to Workplace Diversity [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtUlRYXJ0vI

Maschka, Kristin. TedTalk: How I Learned to Love Unconscious Bias [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8H7eeMNfLw

Melville, Doug. TedTalk: Diversity IQ [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuWmKDmJoPg

Powell, Juliette. TedTalk: It’s About Time We Challenge Our Unconscious Biases [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thkmVv54e6M#action=share

Pressner, Kristen. TedTalk: Are you biased? I am [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq_xYSOZrgU

Royal Bank of Canada. “Hidden” opportunity for organization to build more diverse teams, according to a new EY and RBC report [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/news/2013/20131114-rbc-ey-hidden-bias.html

The Royal Society. Understanding unconscious bias [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVp9Z5k0dEE&feature=youtu.be

Tolstoi-Miller, Gail. TedTalk: Unconscious bias: Stereotypical hiring practices [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCFb4BiDDcE

Turnbull, Helen. TedTalk: Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion [online]. Accessed August 2018 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdV8OpXhl2g&feature=youtu.be

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