create a more diverse but i-n-c-l-u-s-i-v-e culture


The Fairness Factor

Dave patterson keynotes

You are a leader or an event planner within your organisation.

You’re wondering “What’s causing our turnover?” “Why is Diversity & Inclusion in the news so often?” “What is Cultural Competency, anyway?” “Where do we start with all this?”

You start with a jolt of Dave Patterson. You choose a simple way to engage your people, including your most senior personnel. You choose a simple path to get you to the outcome: Cultivating Fairness in your company.

Follow Dave’s exclusive 5 steps as you begin Wading into the Deep End of Diversity & Inclusion. Dip into the 4 aspects of EDI. Come along for the 10 most common reasons we ask “Is it fair?” Listen to conversations between the 3 factions of our colonial ‘soup’. Leave with 8 proven strategies for recognizing racist thoughts and ideas. Come away with 6 practical solutions to help bring equity to your workplace.

Get in touch today and find out how your own specific targeted program is well within reach.

Our most popular keynote themes

  • Fairness
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Anti-racism
  • Intersectionality for Indigenous, Blacks, & Whites
  • Colonialism alive and well

Expectations when you hire Dave

  • Customize the presentation for your geographical area

  • Able to do follow-ups & deeper dives into the content

  • Fairness Factor follow-up programs are all customizable

  • Easy to get a hold of directly by telephone

  • We recognize that U.S. race dynamics [and demographics] are very different from Canada’s

  • Only Patterson includes all three colonially-entangled peoples in the racism discussion

  • You receive a mixture of challenging your people while still showing compassion

5 Good Reasons to Work with Dave

  1. Strong comfortable style with humour helps ease your people into a very uncomfortable subject.
  2. Most companies don’t know where to start and The Fairness Factor system is built with that in mind
  3. While they are tackling the difficult task of inclusion, attendees will also be inspired along the way and stay motivated
  4. Dave is a dominant culture white person himself' and people struggling with racism will listen to him
  5. Companies will want Dave’s strong personality because leaders must have complete buy-in or little will change


Shirley A. Roe


I was impressed by your presentation to our large group, and I bought your book. These fascinating subjects become more and more important to all of us as we figure out how to navigate diversity and inclusion issues over the next decade.

Roger Dukhan

I connected with Dave Patterson's message immediately, and let him know after our corporate event. Dominant culture people need to embrace the idea of being complicit in the many unfair past events and injustices. That's where the solution starts. Dave can convey this in a way that makes it stick with audiences.

Courtney Robertson

I've seen Dave present multiple times, plus helped with coordinating events featuring Dave. I can say that we need more speakers like him -- able to take an uncomfortable subject and literally transform the audience's thinking.

Maria G.

I very much appreciated hearing Dave speak about indigenous-settler relations. The information was very easy to digest and I believe that his events are the perfect introduction to a very complex topic for people looking to learn. I like Dave’s easygoing and positive approach and definitely recommend hearing him speak

Paul Williamson

I was the organizer of our event with Dave Patterson. We need more speakers like Dave, who have the ability to tackle this difficult subject and open people's eyes with both passion and compassion.

Mary Mitchell

Generally accepted narratives tend to be written by those who wield the most power. A useful element in the dismantling of racism is the gaining of a broader perspective of past events. Dave Patterson delivers a message that brings focus to a remarkable facet of the human story, information that was omitted from the biased 'history of the Americas' that I was taught as a child. What I learned from Dave further deepened in me an appreciation, respect and love for human diversity that I will carry forward as humanity undertakes the elimination of racial inequality. I am very grateful to Dave for this enlightening information. I encourage others to find out more through Dave’s transformative presentations.

Loreen Lee

I had a problem that you helped solve. As a fellow white resident, I felt that so much of the unfairness around me would never get dealt with. Now I'm feeling more hopeful. I learned that racism of all kinds can be gradually overcome. For me, that resulted in a calmer approach to these troubled times.

Don Hunt

I got to know Dave a bit while introducing him for our group of over 300 attendees. He was a memorable speaker who held our audience's attention, and astonished many.