Tacofino’s ‘Shift Change’ Hosts a Series of Online Discussions on Diversity and Inclusion within Hospitality

The ‘Speakers for Change’ series, launched by Tacofino in November, aims to inspire positive, lasting change by tackling relevant issues faced by the hospitality and food-service industry, while also raising much-needed funds for local causes.


A series of four one-hour Zoom sessions, Speakers for Change will be held monthly through to February 2021 and will involve local community leaders looking to inspire positive, sustainable change in the industry as well as for those who work within it. The sessions are free of charge for the participants to make it accessible for all. Tacofino will donate $1,250 per session to the keynote speaker’s charity or cause of choice for a total contribution of $5,000. While geared towards those in the industry, the general public is invited to attend as well.

We established Shift Change last year to encourage meaningful dialogue on issues that are endemic in our industry, such as mental health, substance dependency, inclusion and diversity,” says Gino Di Domenico, Managing Partner of Tacofino. “In the age of COVID-19 and in light of the sweeping social change we’ve seen this year, we realize that it’s more important than ever to listen more and learn from each other’s experiences and we encourage people from across the hospitality industry spectrum to join us for these very important conversations.


Queer Competency for the Hospitality Industry

Tuesday, December 8 at 3pm

The December session aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of diversity and how to make organizations more welcoming for queer, trans and two-spirited employees and customers by instituting policies and procedures that support inclusivity and remove barriers. The keynote speaker is Rana Nu, Education and Training Specialist with QMUNITY — a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of queer, trans and Two-Spirited people.

Complimentary tickets to take part in Shift Change’s Speakers for Change events may be reserved online here.

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