Talking to Canadians

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Talking to Canadians is a podcast that strives to tell the unique and diverse stories of Canadians. CCDI’s Founder & CEO, Michael Bach, sits down with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and dives into their unique, lived experiences, to share what connects us as Canadians.

All Episodes

Meet Paula Simons, a recently-appointed senator from Alberta. With a history in journalism, Senator Simons' objectivity and directness make her an ideal person to represent all Canadians.

Mar 2020

53 min 55 sec

Meet Marcelo Lu, a global executive and current President of BASF Canada. Marcelo leads a team that develops unique and innovative solutions to many of our current problems.

Mar 2020

39 min 28 sec

Meet Level Chan, a lawyer originally from Alberta, who now calls Nova Scotia home. His unique experience of being an Asian lawyer in predominantly Caucasian Atlantic Canada has helped him develop a passion for issues around diversity and inclusion.

Nov 2019

42 min 16 sec

Meet Spencer West. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands to speaking in front of thousands of kids in packed stadiums, today’s guest is truly an inspiration. He challenges stereotypes and lives a proud, and uplifting life.

Oct 2019

39 min 15 sec

Meet Adrienne Batra, a conservative, south Asian women who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Sun. Adrienne joins Michael to talk politics, Saskatchewan, and standing up for one's beliefs.

Oct 2019

38 min 27 sec

Meet Michael Chutskoff, a young man from BC. Michael talks about growing up in a conservative school, reconciliation, and intersectionality.

Sep 2019

36 min 40 sec

Meet Celina Caesar-Chavannes, a member of parliament, representing the riding of Whitby. Celina joins Michael to discuss gender and racial equality, and the role politics has in equity and inclusion.

Aug 2019

34 min 52 sec

Meet Khadija Waseem, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab. Khadija joins Michael to talk about women’s empowerment, mental health for immigrants and indigenous communities, and equal representation of women in various levels of government.

Aug 2019

39 min 18 sec

Meet Marni Panas, a trans woman living in Alberta. Marni joins Michael to chat about diversity, inclusion, and Alberta’s trans community.

Jul 2019

39 min 43 sec

Meet Kevin Rempel, who was paralyzed in a motocross accident in 2006, at the age of 23, and learned to walk again. Kevin joins Michael to talk about adversity, loss, and sledge hockey.

Jul 2019

36 min 29 sec

Michael sits down with Renee Bazile-Jones to talk about racism.

Jul 2019

35 min 37 sec