2023 TODS Meeting,
October 19 - 21, 2023

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, British Columbia

Featured Speaker – British Columbia Dental Association

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Dental Office 

Friday October 21, 2022 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm


Societal norms are changing and the diversity of patients and dental professionals is rapidly expanding. With these changes come challenges for the entire dental team in providing dental care in a safe and respectful environment that recognizes the sensitivities and values of our colleagues and patients.   

Presented by BCDA, Dr. Salima Dadani will interview panelists who will highlight the importance of the various aspects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the dental office and within the profession of dentistry. Hear stories of both challenge and success faced by dental professionals as DEI has come to the forefront of workplace culture and patient care. Learn how your office can implement resources on Monday morning that will make your office a more welcoming environment for everyone.   

CDHBC QAP Competency – B1, B2


Dr. Salima Dadani




Dr. Sean Sikorski

Dr. Nikki Aytoglu

Dr. Allan Hovan

Ms. Shalyma Cambridge


Moderator: Dr Salima Dadani: Director, Member Support, BCDA
Dr. Dadani’s journey in dentistry over the last 22 years has included being an Associate, practice owner, and owner of an innovative business that brings the dental clinic to patients who can no longer get to their traditional dentist. Dr. Dadani is currently a Director, Member Support with BCDA and has a strong commitment to volunteering, including serving on BCDA’s Geriatric Dentistry Committee.  

Panelist: Dr. Sean Sikorski After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with honors in 1997, Dr. Sikorski immediately decided to relocate to Vancouver. Early in his career, he worked as an associate at an office focused on delivering care to HIV+ individuals. During this time, he worked with Health Canada to deliver dental care to northern First Nations communities. In 2001, Dr. Sikorski helped found and operated the Portland Community Dental Clinic serving Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for community service in 2012. In 2014, Dr. Sikorski opened the House of Teeth private practice in Vancouver.

Panelist: Dr. Nikki Aytoglu holds a bachelor degree from McMaster University and a DMD degree from the University of British Columbia. Upon graduating, she completed a residency at Montefiore Medical Centre in Bronx, NY. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked as a clinician at numerous healthcare organizations including a non-profit clinic designed to serve people living with HIV. She is currently involved with UBC Dentistry as a sessional instructor, which has ignited a personal interest in education and learning. Through these opportunities, she has also discovered a passion for biomedical communication and hopes to pursue this as a new career goal. When she’s not working, Dr. Aytolgu is always on the hunt for a cozy, local café where she can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. She adores her partner and two cats, Boy and Doug. They enjoy attending stand-up comedy events in the city and are always on the lookout for the next best place to eat or new recipes to try.

Panelist: Dr. Allan Hovan is a dentist and Oral Medicine specialist with a keen interest in the provision of dental care to marginalized and under-serviced dental patients. In addition to his work as the provincial lead for the Oral Oncology/Dentistry program at BC Cancer, he has worked in various not-for-profit and hospital-based dental clinics and has negotiated for funding for patients who cannot afford the cost of medically-important dental care. Over the last year, he has served as Chair of the BCDA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force whose mandate is to raise awareness of DEI issues within the profession so that we can provide safe and effective care in an environment that respects the diversity of the patients that we serve.

Panelist: Shalyma Cambridge is a coach, facilitator and instructor, passionate about leadership, inclusion and supporting diversity in organizations. She brings a deep understanding of complex organizations and over a decade of experience executing communication and change management strategies; developing and facilitating training; and coaching in a variety of settings. Shalyma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Communications Management, certification as an Organizational Coach through the University of British Columbia and is a certified Personality Dimension facilitator. Currently pursuing her Master’s in Organizational Leadership, Shalyma is also a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Diversity and Inclusion Committee and co-leads the Vancouver Culture Collective Chapter which holds space to share learnings on transforming and building great cultures in the workplace.

2023 TODS Meeting,
October 19 - 21, 2023

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, British Columbia

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