OASW CEO Dr. Deepy Sur honoured amongst 15 equity, diversity and inclusion changemakers with WXN’s Inclusion Vanguard Award

April 22, 2024

WXN (Women’s Executive Network) announced 15 groundbreaking impact-makers who champion equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to be honoured as recipients of the 2024 Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) Awards, recognizing bold role models among EDI leaders, practitioners and allies.

OASW’s CEO Dr. Deepy Sur was named among the distinguished recipients as the 2024 WXN Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award winner in the Inclusion Vanguard category, in recognition of her work and leadership to champion equity and inclusion for OASW, its members and the social work profession. Her accomplishments and contributions include: 

  • Launching OASW’s first-ever Equity Integration Advisory Group, bringing together members from diverse backgrounds to inform the Association’s roadmap on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Leading the development of OASW’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, naming “Leading Equity Integration” as one of four core strategic directions for the Association. 
  • Championing intentional workplace culture practices reflecting an anti-oppressive, intersectional and anti-racist lens.
  • Leading the significant expansion of OASW’s training programs to deliver a variety of high-quality equity-based learning offerings to more than 12,000 learners to date.
  • Introducing the thoughtful and intentional collection of identity-based data from OASW’s membership, making OASW amongst the first professional associations in Ontario to champion and implement this work.


Deepy will be recognized for her accomplishments on May 22, 2024, at the fourth annual Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Awards program at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“The inspiring recipients of WXN’s iconic CEDI Awards stand as a testament to the remarkable strides made by leaders dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion not only within their organizations but across North America and within the field itself. We honour and celebrate those whose dedication and bold vision pave the way for a more inclusive future for all women. Together, we take tangible action that creates lasting impact,” said Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN.

Details on WXN’s 2024 winners, CEDI Summit and Awards are available at wxnetwork.com/page/CEDISummitAwards2024.

About WXN
WXN (Women’s Executive Network) is a one-of-a-kind community shaping the future of leadership across North America. They bring together thousands of bold women, allies, and corporate members in a rich and diverse ecosystem of professional development, networking, thought leadership, belonging, and celebration that propels professional women to rise and lead. Guided by Owner and CEO, Sherri Stevens, and WXN’s Global Alliance of Inclusive Leadership (GAIL), WXN leads North America’s most prestigious events for women in business, create professional development programming, and champion thought leadership for professional women. This includes the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Awards, the Canadian Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Summit and Awards, the Bold Convos summit series, and programs such as Master Coach Xcelerator and the Leadership Learning Series.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of the social work profession in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing more than 9,000 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.