On October 27, 2020, Director john a. powell gave the keynote at the 2020 Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Executive Directors' Forum. The theme of the conference was Transformation: Race, Recovery and Belonging. Director powell discussed how the framework of "othering and belonging" goes beyond "diversity, equity, and inclusion." Director powell then used the framework to discuss the Canadian government's response to COVID-19, the differential impacts of COVID-19 on racialized groups in Canada, and increasing anti-Asian and anti-Black racism in Canada. Director powell also introduced the concepts of bridging, breaking, and targeted universalism.