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As provincial regulators embark on discussions about possible rule changes to address the lack of diversity in the top ranks of public companies, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is tackling diversity and inclusion issues for frontline industry personnel.

IIROC announced that it will host an online panel discussion that aims to help advisors, branch managers, and others “build trust … by being culturally sensitive.”

“That includes being aware and accepting of other cultures and their cultural identities and making best efforts to accommodate their needs while also ensuring they will have equal access to advice and services regardless of their financial situation,” the SRO said in a notice.

The hour-long virtual conference, slated for Oct. 13 at 1pm (ET), will include panellists from IIROC, ScotiaMcLeaod, Desjardins, and ATB Securities Inc., and will qualify for continuing education credits.