In a nutshell ...
I'm a dad of two amazing young boys. Married into a Chinese Canadian family. Moved to Canada from Manila at the age of two. Lived in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Regina. Joined the Canadian Army Reserve at seventeen. Oldest of three boys. Was once the youngest senior manager at CBC. Led intercultural commitment at UBC and currently, Senior Advisor. Recently co-produced a reality real estate show. Publisher of an online magazine and mentor to young writers. Was mentored by businessperson/philanthropist Milton Wong and architect Bing Thom. Co-produced/authored Milton's autobiography. Learned to change the world at SFU. Consultant, strategist, facilitator, and public speaker. Interculturalist and passionate about Canada.
#diversity #multiculturalism2.0 #pluralism #intercultural #interculturalism #SocialSustainability
#media #universities #higher-ed #internationalization
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ALDEN E. HABACON
Alden E. Habacon is an accomplished diversity and inclusion strategist with over ten years of experience in leading the development, implementation and staff engagement of strategy towards diversity and inclusion, organizational culture change, interculturalism and social sustainability.
He is a sought-after speaker, diversity consultant and intercultural trainer and facilitator, providing innovative perspectives and tools for managing complex intercultural issues and achieving socially sustainable communities and workplaces. He is well known for helping organizations harness diversity to achieve strategic goals and for introducing Multiculturalism 2.0 and 3.0 throughout Canada and abroad.
He is currently the Senior Advisor, Intercultural Understanding for the University of British Columbia, having recently completed a five-year appointment as Director, Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development. Prior to UBC, Alden led the development and implementation of CBC's national diversity strategy, as the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for CBC Television. He is also the co-producer of House My Style, a Mandarin-language real-estate reality program, currently airing on Omni Television.
Alden is the founder and Publisher of Schema Magazine (schemamag.ca), and the co-founder of the Asian Canadian Journalists Association (ACJA) in Vancouver. He currently serves as a member of the board of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the OMNI Advisory Committee (Rogers Television), the Tyee Solutions Group, and the Hua Foundation. He also lectures at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and provides training at the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, Sauder School of Business.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Power of Peace Award of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and the 2011 Leadership Honouree, in the area of Arts and Media, of the North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) of Vancouver. In 2012 Alden was the recipient of the Maharlika Award in Leadership, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award for his work in multiculturalism and intercultural understanding.
Alden is of Filipino ancestry and defines himself as a Cultural Navigator. He has lived in Manila, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina and Burnaby, and currently resides in Vancouver with his wife and two sons.