Avery Francis

Founder and CEO


Avery Francis, a seasoned HR professional turned industry thought leader and entrepreneur, is the driving force behind Bloom, a Black-owned HR and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) design consultancy based in Toronto, Canada. With a profound commitment to fostering inclusive workplaces, Avery has become a prominent figure
in the field of DEI, catalyzing positive change in the corporate world. In 2018, Avery founded Bloom with a clear vision: to bridge the gap between discussions around DEI and its tangible implementation in fostering healthy workplaces.

Bloom’s mission revolves around the belief that work should be a positive experience for everyone. Avery and her team partner with leading companies worldwide to transform their work environments. Bloom takes an education-first approach, working collaboratively with organizations to achieve their DEI goals. The consultancy’s services encompass a comprehensive evaluation of outdated HR policies, the development of inclusive recruitment and hiring infrastructure, and the coaching of managers and senior leaders in sound DEI practices.


thursday – 11:25am Main Stage

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

The Future of Women in Tech

Women are making contributions that are changing tech and innovation industries worldwide. But for every success story, there are countless statistics reflecting the challenges, bias, and discrimination women continue to face. Join us for an in depth conversation as we celebrate successes, challenge barriers, and cultivate a more sustainable and equitable future for women in tech.