Keynote

Keynote Speaker – Tina Varughese


Tina Varughese

Tina Varughese

Keynote Speaker

50 Shades of Beige: Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage

Successful organizations understand that being able to communicate cross-culturally in the workplace leads to enhanced productivity, heightened performance and elevated employee engagement. Managing diversity drives profitability, leads to innovation and promotes an inspiring workplace culture. Everybody can benefit from communicating more effectively, however, when 20% of Canada’s population is foreign-born (and much higher in urban centres), communicating with the cross-cultural advantage is arguably one of the most important types of communication to understand and benefit from in the 21st century.

Described as a ‘dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humorous’ keynote speaker, Tina’s interactive and energetic approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. Tina is an Indo-Canadian daughter of first generation East Indian parents, which allows her to find ‘the best of both worlds’ and shed light, knowledge and most importantly universal humour into the intercultural workplace.


Tina Varughese believes understanding cultural differences is no longer a nicety but a necessity. Tina, President of t Works , is a professional speaker and trainer specializing in cross-cultural communication, work-life balance and inclusive leadership. She ran her own successful relocation and settlement firm working with expatriates from all over the world. Prior to t Works, Tina worked with Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, where she spearheaded international recruitment missions in response to Alberta’s labour shortage.

Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. She is a contributing writer to the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, CREB®Now real estate news, MOMpreneur Magazine and has been profiled in the Calgary Herald as
well as Alberta Venture magazine.

As President of the Canadian Association of the Professional Speakers Association (Calgary chapter) Tina is described as ‘engaging, highly interactive, relevant yet hilarious’. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask the questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask. With five fish, two children and one husband she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.