Investing in DEI During an Economic Downturn: Value Lever or Not?- Replay

by: Liselle Sheard

Investing in DEI During an Economic Downturn: Value Lever or Not?

Is your team looking for ways to make the most of your budgets for the best ROI during this looming economic downturn ? How does DEI fit into your plan?

On March 23, Diversio held a live conversation to discuss Investing in DEI During an Economic Downturn and the impact it can have on your business. We touched on the current state of the economy (globally), the impact cutting your DEI budget has on your initiatives, and the financial relationship between DEI and your business. Join us to learn how investing in DEI can positively impact your business during a recession!

Topics addressed:

  • Current state of the world & relevance to DEI
  • Cutting DEI budgets – effective or detrimental?
  • What does the data say? Looking at the financial relationship with DEI
  • Can investing in DEI help during a recession?


Dominque Bélenager, Director, Venture Capital Strategic Initiatives, BDC Capital

Dominque Bélanger joined BDC Capital in a new position created in a newly formed national team to support the investment operations of BDC (multi-stage, cross-sector national VC fund) with the objective to drive the Canadian venture ecosystem development, experiment with new models and contribute to change the image of BDC. Dominque has built-up a high performing team and managed a late stage/growth venture funds totaling 550M$ AUM
delivering top quartile results. Realized 2nd largest venture exit in Canada (4B$ sale to NASDAQ inc.). He has also managed national indirect investment programs ranging from 35M$ to 150M$ annually (TVPI 1.54x) as well as a direct investments of 22M$ (TVPI 1.6x).

Utsha Saha, Account Executive at Diversio

Liselle Sheard, Community Engagement Specialist at Diversio

Diversio is the people intelligence platform that measures, tracks, and improves diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). By connecting artificial intelligence (AI) technology, sophisticated data analytics, and knowledgeable subject matter experts, Diversio is able to accurately diagnose your pain points, benchmark you against peers, and create a robust action plan that will meet your DEI goals. Through the unique combination of technology and human expertise, Diversio is driving meaningful impact for hundreds of organizations across over 35 countries globally. During his time at BDC he has recommended, developed, and successfully deployed a new business plan to create a 100M$ Fund of Funds to catalyse the development of the Canadian VC ecosystem, making BDC Capital the first
institutional investor in micro-VC, emerging models and angel funds in Canada.

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