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Social inclusion: an inhibitor or an enabler?

Start Date:8/4/2021

Start Time:9:00 AM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


Companies around the globe are thinking about and changing how they impact the world around them. As businesses, we’re recognizing that the long-term health of our industries is directly tied to our support of our people, local communities, and the environment.

Our latest webinar in Hatch’s 65th anniversary celebration series tackled a topic facing companies around the world—social inclusion—and tried to answer a key question: is it an inhibitor or an enabler?

See the conversation with Chelsie Klassen, Hatch’s Global Director, Community Engagement and Craig Simmer, Regional Director of Infrastructure, as they discussed the evolving role of Corporate Social Responsibility along with unique perspectives into the South African model of government mandated inclusion compared to the Canadian model of a legal duty to consult. Chelsie and Craig also mapped out an introspective look at how organizations worldwide are realizing that adopting a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion results in benefits across all aspects of their business.

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Panelist: Chelsie Klassen

Global Director, Community Engagement


Chelsie is Hatch’s global director, Community Engagement. With expertise in Indigenous collaboration, community engagement, issues management, and communications, Chelsie works to ensure that feedback from stakeholders are considered in the development of major projects, cultural traditions are respected, and stakeholder impacts are mitigated or minimized for a whole of project approach.

Panelist: Craig Simmer

Regional Director of Infrastructure, Africa, Europe, and Middle East Region


Craig has been involved in the consulting engineering industry for over 30 years, holding various technical, management, and executive positions throughout this period. He currently leads infrastructure for Hatch in the Africa, Europe, and Middle East regions. Craig’s area of technical specialization is in master planning and public transport. In addition to his business leadership roles, he has assisted public sector agencies, public transport operators, and a range of private sector clients in this area.

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