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We’re on a mission to create racial equity in our society so that individuals, communities and companies can thrive. We do this by helping forward-thinking organizations improve their culture and performance with coaching, training and consulting services on anti-racism, equity and inclusion.

KEDZ Consulting was founded upon an urgent need for change when Charline Grant and Garth Bobb fought to protect their son, who was facing numerous incidents of anti-Black racism in the education system. When meetings with the school led nowhere, they filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and won. In 2017, after a scathing report supported the family’s claims, the York Region District School Board settled the allegation and apologized for failing to properly address systemic racism in their schools. A trustee who used a racial slur against Charline resigned under pressure. The Ministry of Education took control of the board.

Their situation made local and national headlines, yet it was just one of many instances where Charline and Garth noticed a problem, identified a solution and persisted, despite the obstacles, to make a difference.

Charline Grant and Garth Bobb of KEDZ Consulting

"It's inspiring to see the companies and organizations we work with experience transformational change. Equity training is not just a trendy catchphrase; it has the power to transform the lives of people and the culture of an organization."

— Garth Bobb

"My goal as a consultant is to be a voice for the voiceless. Marginalized communities deserve to have their experiences heard and championed in places where decisions are being made."

—Charline Grant

Charline Grant and Garth Bobb consulting on creating healthy, equitable and inclusive workplaces

Using our team’s unparalleled mix of personal and professional experience, KEDZ is guiding industry-leading organizations to be the change in creating healthy, equitable and inclusive workplaces. Numerous studies show that embracing diversity, equity and inclusion isn’t just good for people and society—it’s good for business. Progressive customers want to engage with products and services from socially responsible companies. Research demonstrates that a diverse workplace is one of the most important factors in attracting and keeping talent. Businesses in the top quartile of ethnic and cultural diversity are more likely than their competition to experience above-average profitability.

Corporations from across Ontario and the nation, work with us when they need an expert partner and coach on their equity journey. Whether you need help with government relations, workplace equity training or media relations, we help you identify and dismantle biased systems that can be hurting employee engagement, innovation and your bottom line. Our equity training and workshops on unconscious bias, racial identities, and racism are tailored to the needs of your industry, organization and participants, no matter what their level of awareness, knowledge and capacity. We can also help your company to develop key messages for media interviews and provide an effective social justice lobbying strategy.

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