A diversity + Inclusion Strategy Firm
Where inclusion inspires innovation

The commons would like to acknowledge that they do their work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

Common Ground.

THE COMMONS – The spaces where people gather is where your workplace culture is built. Where different perspectives intermingle, ideas are seeded, and innovation grows. We help your organization create workplace ecosystems with roots deeply imbedded in equity, diversity + inclusion.

We are a full-service diversity and inclusion strategy firm focused on collaborating with leaders and change-makers to transform their workplaces into spaces that foster a sense of belonging while at the same time embraces everyone’s uniqueness; and where everyone is connected and engaged.

ADELINE HUYNH (she, her, hers) – is the CEO & Principal of the commons, a diversity + inclusion strategy firm. With almost 15 years of leadership in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion she has worked in large public sector organizations and with private sector businesses to bring about culture shift. Her organizational change leadership is characterized by a passion for EDI, a deep knowledge of current trends and best practices, a collaborative style, and the ability to synthesis complex data into meaningful stories that align with the vision and values of organizations and their people.    

Like everyone else in BC who do not trace their ancestry back to our province’s first peoples, Adeline has roots somewhere else. Her parents and their families immigrated to Canada as the war in Vietnam drew to a close and settled in Vancouver (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories). Although she was born under the shadow of the city’s majestic mountain ranges, Adeline spent her formative years under the wide-open skies of the prairies. As a young woman, Adeline returned to the west coast to attend university eventually earning her Masters of Social Work at UBC. She has made Vancouver her home for almost 15 years and lives here with her wife and their son. Growing up as a queer first generation Canadian has turned Adeline into an intercultural ninja – nimbly moving between and bridging cultures.


Culture Retrofit

Culture Retrofit – do you have a strong foundation for your company culture that could use some additional features and support to make it even more solid?

  • Culture Audit, Strategy development + Change Management
  • Inclusive Leadership Development
  • Staff Education + Training

Culture Restoration

Culture Restoration – we help you mitigate or proactively eliminate the damage to your workplace culture from unproductive and potentially toxic interpersonal conflict.

  • Conflict Resolution + Mediation
  • Bullying, Harassment + Discrimination Policy development
  • Coaching, Education + Training

Culture Building

Culture Building – we help founders start-up right with strategic focus on culture to balance the aspirational with the operational needs of your new company.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Retreat Facilitation
  • Dialogues + Keynotes

Want to get started on enhancing
your cultural ecosystem?

Contact the team at the commons and
we will co-create your ideal workplace.

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