Women Deliver 2019 Conference - Vancouver, B.C. - June 3 to 6, 2019

Advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a top priority for Canada. We believe gender equality must play a key role in creating lasting solutions to global challenges – whether reducing poverty in developing countries, building economies that work for everyone, preparing for jobs of the future, fighting climate change, or advancing peace and security.

Canada is thrilled to be hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. This will be an opportunity for Canada to advance gender equality domestically and internationally.

Women Deliver

Women Deliver is a leading global advocate and convener for advancing gender equality, including sexual and reproductive health and rights. The organization is an important partner for Canada, one whose unique mandate and approach is fully-aligned with Canadian priorities.

Women Deliver works to catalyze action by bringing together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. It uses different platforms (conferences, initiatives, and communication tools) to bring the best ideas forward, highlight what works, and call for action.

Women Deliver holds a global conference every three years. The 2019 conference expects to bring together more than 7,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, journalists from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.

The theme of this year’s conference is Power (i.e. of individuals, of political, economic and social structures, and of movements/collective action) and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change.

However, the Women Deliver 2019 Conference is not just a conference, it’s a movement to promote gender equality worldwide and bring about transformational change.

Canada is proud to be a part of this movement.

Canada’s role and participation

In June 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will host the next Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, June 3 to 6, 2019. At that time, it was also announced that the Government of Canada had made a $20M commitment over 3 years (2017-2020) to Women Deliver in support of the conference and global advocacy work, including the Deliver for Good campaign and the Young Leaders program.

During its 2018 G7 Presidency, Canada made history by integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into all G7 themes, commitments and initiatives. Hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver presents a tremendous opportunity for Canada to take what we started at the G7 further, both in Canada and internationally.

In the lead-up to the conference, the Government of Canada is engaging Canadians across the country and citizens around the world to drive action on advancing gender equality.

Ministerial Forum

A Ministerial Forum will be hosted by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality on the margins of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference with the participation of ministers from donor and developing countries. The Forum will facilitate engaging and informal discussions on pressing gender equality issues and generate ideas for solutions to address remaining gaps in achieving gender equality.

Calendar of events

Start dateEnd dateTitleLocationGovernment of Canada departmentDescriptionEvent
2019-03-032019-03-03Women of the Americas Powerhouse SummitToronto, OntarioNatural Resources Canada (NRCan)Held during the PDAC 2019 Convention; in collaboration with TMX Group.

Women of the Americas Powerhouse Summit

Event date: 2019-03-03

Government of Canada department: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Held during the PDAC 2019 Convention; in collaboration with TMX Group.

2019-03-042019-03-04National Committee MeetingToronto, OntarioGovernment of CanadaThe Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality launch the National Committee whose members will engage Canadians in taking action on gender equality.

National Committee Meeting

Event date: 2019-03-04

Government of Canada department: Government of Canada

Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality will launch the National Committee whose members will engage Canadians in taking action on gender equality.

2019-03-062019-03-06Equal by 30 Webinar: Let's Talk Advancing Gender EqualityN/A (webinar)Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in partnership with Electricity Human Resources CanadaEqual by 30 is a Canadian campaign that challenges companies & governments to endorse equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector.

Equal by 30 Webinar: Let's Talk Advancing Gender Equality

Event date: 2019-03-06

Government of Canada department: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in partnership with Electricity Human Resources Canada

Location: N/A (webinar)

Equal by 30 is a Canadian campaign that challenges companies & governments to endorse equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector.

2019-03-082020-01-05Ladylikeness: Historical Portraits of Women by WomenCalgary, AlbertaLibrary and Archives Canada

Ladylikeness: Historical Portraits of Women by Women

Event date: 2019-03-08

Government of Canada department: Library and Archives Canada

Location: Calgary, Alberta

2019-03-082019-03-08At work, in transit, online: Solutions to address gender-based violenceOttawa, OntarioInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)Expert panel discussion will explore how action-research and advocacy can contribute to creating safer spaces.

At work, in transit, online: Solutions to address gender-based violence

Event date: 2019-03-08

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Expert panel discussion will explore how action-research and advocacy can contribute to creating safer spaces.

2019-03-112019-03-12Advancing Women in Agriculture ConferenceCalgary, AlbertaInnovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister if Agriculture and Agri-Food will speak at the Conference.

Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference

Event date: 2019-03-11

Government of Canada department: Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)

Location: Calgary, Alberta

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister if Agriculture and Agri-Food will speak at the Conference.

2019-04-112019-04-11Solutions for Gender Equity speaker series: Breaking glass ceilings in science and research in the Global SouthOttawa, OntarioInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)Panel discussion.

Solutions for Gender Equity speaker series: Breaking glass ceilings in science and research in the Global South

Event date: 2019-04-11

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Panel discussion.

2019-05-292019-05-31Feminist Open Government Day sessionOttawa, OntarioGovernment of CanadaCanada will be hosting the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. Feminist Open Government Day session will be part of this summit.

Feminist Open Government Day session

Event date: 2019-05-29

Government of Canada department: Government of Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Canada will be hosting the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. Feminist Open Government Day session will be part of this summit.

2019-03-312019-03-31Canadian Women in International Security Annual Conference, KingstonKingston, OntarioDepartment of National Defence and the Canadian Armed ForcesOn March 31st, WIIS-Queen’s will be teaming up with the Royal Military College of Canada to present their second annual conference: Escalation to Resolution: The Stages of Conflict.

Canadian Women in International Security Annual Conference, Kingston

Event date: 2019-03-31

Government of Canada department: Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Location: Kingston, Ontario

On March 31st, WIIS-Queen’s will be teaming up with the Royal Military College of Canada to present their second annual conference: Escalation to Resolution: The Stages of Conflict.

2019-05-072019-05-07Women Deliver from Copenhagen to VancouverCopenhagen, DenmarkGlobal Affairs CanadaCelebrating the passing of the torch from Copenhagen, Denmark—host of the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in 2016—to Vancouver, Canada as the 2019 hosts of the conference. The event will be hosted by the Danish Minister of International Development and Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.

Women Deliver from Copenhagen to Vancouver

Event date: 2019-05-07

Government of Canada department: Global Affairs Canada

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Celebrating the passing of the torch from Copenhagen, Denmark—host of the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in 2016—to Vancouver, Canada as the 2019 hosts of the conference. The event will be hosted by the Danish Minister of International Development and Canada’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.

2019-05-272019-05-29Clean Energy Ministerial & Mission Innovation Meeting, Equal by 30Vancouver, British ColumbiaNatural Resources Canada (NRCan)Opportunity to highlight Women in Renewable Energy Awards

Clean Energy Ministerial & Mission Innovation Meeting, Equal by 30

Event dates: 2019-05-27 to 2019-05-29

Government of Canada department: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Opportunity to highlight Women in Renewable Energy Awards.

2019-05-302019-06-02Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual General Meeting, QuébecQuébec, QuébecGlobal Affairs Canada (GAC)This conference will encourage participants to learn best practices and gain new insights to solve their municipality’s challenges, network with more than 2,000 delegates from across the country and will be an opportunity to discuss and highlight gender equality.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual General Meeting, Québec

Event dates: 2019-05-30 to 2019-06-02

Government of Canada department: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Location: Québec, Québec

This conference will encourage participants to learn best practices and gain new insights to solve their municipality’s challenges, network with more than 2,000 delegates from across the country and will be an opportunity to discuss and highlight gender equality.

2019-04-082019-04-08The Power of Platforms and Partnerships – Panel DiscussionLondon, UKHigh Commission of Canada in the United KingdomCanada’s Deputy High Commissioner will chair a discussion on Canada-UK partnerships in international development. Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver will attend.

The Power of Platforms and Partnerships – Panel Discussion

Event date: 2019-04-08

Government of Canada department: High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom

Location: London, UK

Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner will chair a discussion on Canada-UK partnerships in international development. Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver will attend.

2019-03-302019-03-30Gender Inequality, Do the Math: 1-1=0Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicEmbassy of Canada to the Dominican RepublicThe Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is hosting the Embassy of Canada in the Dominican Republic’s art exhibit, “Caminos en Tiempo de Mujer,” created with Dominican artist Eddaviel. The batey populations, particularly women and girls, suffer inordinately from gender inequality, economic isolation, and extreme poverty, often perpetuating a circle of poverty.

Gender Inequality, Do the Math: 1-1=0

Event date: 2019-03-30

Government of Canada department: Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is hosting the Embassy of Canada in the Dominican Republic’s art exhibit, “Caminos en Tiempo de Mujer,” created with Dominican artist Eddaviel. The batey populations, particularly women and girls, suffer inordinately from gender inequality, economic isolation, and extreme poverty, often perpetuating a circle of poverty.

2019-04-012019-04-3037th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and FreedomsOttawaDepartment of Justicen/a

37th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Event dates: 2019-04-01 to 2019-04-30

Government of Canada department: Department of Justice

Location: Ottawa

2019-04-232019-04-23Women in Transportation EventVancouverTransport CanadaEvent where Transport Canada's work to engage women in the transportation sector will be highlighted

Women in Transportation Event

Event date: 2019-04-23

Government of Canada department: Transport Canada

Location: Vancouver

Event where Transport Canada's work to engage women in the transportation sector will be highlighted

2019-04-252019-04-25Girls in Information Communications Technology DayOttawaGlobal Affairs Canada and other partnersn/a

Girls in Information Communications Technology Day

Event date: 2019-04-25

Government of Canada department: Global Affairs Canada and other partners

Location: Ottawa

2019-05-022019-05-03Regional Conference on Innovative Gender Based Policy-MakingPanamaGlobal Affairs Canadan/a

Regional Conference on Innovative Gender Based Policy-Making

Event dates: 2019-05-02 to 2019-05-03

Government of Canada department: Global Affairs Canada

Location: Panama

2019-05-022019-05-03Canada Youth SummitCarleton University, OttawaPrivy Council OfficeOn May 2 and 3, 2019, the Canada Youth Summit will bring together 300 diverse young Canadians from throughout the country to share their experiences, learn from each other, and engage the federal government on youth-related initiatives. The Summit will be an opportunity to continue discussions on Canada’s first youth policy as well as highlight the importance of youth service while inspiring youth to serve their communities.

Canada Youth Summit

Event date: 2019-05-02 to 2019-05-03

Government of Canada department: Privy Council Office

Location: Carleton University, Ottawa

On May 2 and 3, 2019, the Canada Youth Summit will bring together 300 diverse young Canadians from throughout the country to share their experiences, learn from each other, and engage the federal government on youth-related initiatives. The Summit will be an opportunity to continue discussions on Canada’s first youth policy as well as highlight the importance of youth service while inspiring youth to serve their communities.

2019-04-302019-04-30Discussion on Women in InvestmentLos AngelesGlobal Affairs CanadaHSBC and Andrew Keenan from the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association will be hosting a “Salon Breakfast Discussion on Women in Investment”. This event will feature a discussion between Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, as well as executives from HSBC and BlackRock. The event will be moderated by Kirstine Stewart, Head of Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Information at the World Economic Forum. Speakers will discuss initiatives, trends, and resources that are available to support women working in the investment sector.

Discussion on Women in Investment

Event date: 2019-04-30

Government of Canada department: Global Affairs Canada

Location: Los Angeles

HSBC and Andrew Keenan from the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association will be hosting a “Salon Breakfast Discussion on Women in Investment”. This event will feature a discussion between Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, as well as executives from HSBC and BlackRock. The event will be moderated by Kirstine Stewart, Head of Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Information at the World Economic Forum. Speakers will discuss initiatives, trends, and resources that are available to support women working in the investment sector.

2019-05-092019-05-10G7 Gender Equality Ministerial MeetingParis, FranceDepartment for Women and Gender EqualityMinister Monsef is taking part in the G7 Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting May 9 and 10, 2019, in Paris, France, in the lead up to this year’s G7 Leaders’ Summit. While in Paris, the Minister will also take part in key meetings with influential global feminist leaders participating at the Women 7 (W7) Summit taking place in Paris on May 9, and with the 2019 Gender Equality Advisory Council.

G7 Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting

Event date: 2019-05-09 to 2019-05-10

Government of Canada department: Department for Women and Gender Equality

Location: Paris, France

Minister Monsef is taking part in the G7 Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting May 9 and 10, 2019, in Paris, France, in the lead up to this year’s G7 Leaders’ Summit. While in Paris, the Minister will also take part in key meetings with influential global feminist leaders participating at the Women 7 (W7) Summit taking place in Paris on May 9, and with the 2019 Gender Equality Advisory Council.

2019-05-092019-05-13Women Deliver – Day of Action on the HillOttawaDepartment for Women and Gender EqualityMinister Maryam Monsef is inviting parliamentarians, government officials and local stakeholders to a reception on the Hill to discuss and advance gender equality in the lead up to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Minister Monsef, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid, a representative from CanWaCH and National Committee members will provide remarks at the reception.

Women Deliver – Day of Action on the Hill

Event date: 2019-05-09 to 2019-05-13

Government of Canada department: Department for Women and Gender Equality

Location: Ottawa

Minister Maryam Monsef is inviting parliamentarians, government officials and local stakeholders to a reception on the Hill to discuss and advance gender equality in the lead up to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Minister Monsef, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid, a representative from CanWaCH and National Committee members will provide remarks at the reception.

2019-05-222019-05-22Discussion panel on the role of women in the industrialization of TanzaniaDar es Salaam, TanzaniaGACPamela O’Donnell, High Commissioner of Canada in Tanzania, organizes a group discussion on gender equality and women’s empowerment with representatives of local organizations, notably Women Fund Tanzania and the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme.

Discussion panel on the role of women in the industrialization of Tanzania

Event date: 2019-05-22 to 2019-05-22

Government of Canada department: GAC

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Pamela O’Donnell, High Commissioner of Canada in Tanzania, organizes a group discussion on gender equality and women’s empowerment with representatives of local organizations, notably Women Fund Tanzania and the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme.

2019-05-222019-05-22Unleashing the Potential of Women’s EntrepreneurshipSingapore-WeConnect International’s Singapore office is holding a panel discussion titled “Unleashing the Potential of Women’s Entrepreneurship”. The interactive discussion will focus on how to build an ecosystem of support for women-owned businesses that can deliver innovation, jobs, wealth and strong communities. High Commissioner Lynn McDonald as well as a number of Singapore-based Canadian women entrepreneurs will provide remarks at the event.

Unleashing the Potential of Women’s Entrepreneurship

Event date: 2019-05-22 to 2019-05-22

Government of Canada department: -

Location: Singapore

WeConnect International’s Singapore office is holding a panel discussion titled “Unleashing the Potential of Women’s Entrepreneurship”. The interactive discussion will focus on how to build an ecosystem of support for women-owned businesses that can deliver innovation, jobs, wealth and strong communities. High Commissioner Lynn McDonald as well as a number of Singapore-based Canadian women entrepreneurs will provide remarks at the event.

2019-06-022019-06-02Re-thinking research “excellence”: building and implementing a more comprehensive, inclusive definition to advance transformative scienceVancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 208-209International Development Research Centre (IDRC)Join us for a discussion of gender issues when assessing and promoting research excellence. Panelists at this Women Deliver side event will focus on pragmatic approaches and lessons for integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into narratives and institutional practices around research excellence. *Co-hosted with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Re-thinking research “excellence”: building and implementing a more comprehensive, inclusive definition to advance transformative science

Event date: 2019-06-02 to 2019-06-02

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 208-209

Join us for a discussion of gender issues when assessing and promoting research excellence. Panelists at this Women Deliver side event will focus on pragmatic approaches and lessons for integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into narratives and institutional practices around research excellence.

*Co-hosted with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

2019-06-032019-06-03The power of evidence for driving progress and changeVancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 202-204International Development Research Centre (IDRC)IDRC’s pre-conference talk-show style discussion at Women Deliver 2019 will feature the latest evidence on how to harness power towards progress and change, addressing individual power, structural barriers, and collective action. Seasoned researchers and practitioners will link research to real-life change.

The power of evidence for driving progress and change

Event date: 2019-06-03 to 2019-06-03

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 202-204

IDRC’s pre-conference talk-show style discussion at Women Deliver 2019 will feature the latest evidence on how to harness power towards progress and change, addressing individual power, structural barriers, and collective action. Seasoned researchers and practitioners will link research to real-life change.

2019-06-042019-06-04From cradle to grave: How civil registration and gender data impact the rights of women and girlsVancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront, Cheakamus RoomInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC)A high-level panel with experts in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, gender data, and gender equality will discuss the role of civil registration in empowering and protecting women and girls, as well as solutions to closing gender data gaps and the biases that perpetuate them. *This Women Deliver side event is co-hosted with Data 2X and Open Data Watch.

From cradle to grave: How civil registration and gender data impact the rights of women and girls

Event date: 2019-06-04 to 2019-06-04

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront, Cheakamus Room

A high-level panel with experts in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, gender data, and gender equality will discuss the role of civil registration in empowering and protecting women and girls, as well as solutions to closing gender data gaps and the biases that perpetuate them.

*This Women Deliver side event is co-hosted with Data 2X and Open Data Watch.

2019-06-042019-06-04Redressing power imbalances: using research to transform gender relationsVancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 214International Development Research Centre (IDRC)This Women Deliver 2019 session showcases core principles and practices that contribute to gender transformative research. We will launch a publication that uses case studies to illustrate the value of addressing the root causes of inequality, building systemic partnerships for change, and strengthening capacities.

Redressing power imbalances: using research to transform gender relations

Event date: 2019-06-04 to 2019-06-04

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 214

This Women Deliver 2019 session showcases core principles and practices that contribute to gender transformative research. We will launch a publication that uses case studies to illustrate the value of addressing the root causes of inequality, building systemic partnerships for change, and strengthening capacities.

2019-06-042019-06-04Countering violence against women: International perspectives on feminist advocacy and family law reformVancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 110International Development Research Centre (IDRC)Panelists at this Women Deliver side event will discuss the findings of IDRC-supported research on the links between family laws and violence against women. They will highlight the strategies used by women across the world to achieve legal reform and help counter current cultural and social justifications for gender-based violence. *Co-hosted with Women’s Learning Partnership

Countering violence against women: International perspectives on feminist advocacy and family law reform

Event date: 2019-06-04 to 2019-06-04

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 110

"Panelists at this Women Deliver side event will discuss the findings of IDRC-supported research on the links between family laws and violence against women. They will highlight the strategies used by women across the world to achieve legal reform and help counter current cultural and social justifications for gender-based violence.

*Co-hosted with Women’s Learning Partnership"

2019-06-042019-06-04Harnessing the Power of Research to Effect Gender Transformative ChangeVancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 213International Development Research Centre (IDRC)This Women Deliver side event will focus on the key principles and practical lessons of research and advocacy to achieve gender transformative change. Participants will share case studies and reflections from interviews with 16 development organizations. *Co-hosted with American Jewish World Service and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice

Harnessing the Power of Research to Effect Gender Transformative Change

Event date: 2019-06-04 to 2019-06-04

Government of Canada department: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Location: Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 213

This Women Deliver side event will focus on the key principles and practical lessons of research and advocacy to achieve gender transformative change. Participants will share case studies and reflections from interviews with 16 development organizations.

*Co-hosted with American Jewish World Service and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice

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Canada’s National Committee

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality chairs a National Committee of Canadian influencers invited by the Government of Canada to engage and take action on gender equality. The role of the National Committee is to increase awareness and stimulate discussion on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.

The members represent diverse voices and perspectives on gender equality from across Canada and were invited to participate in their personal capacity. Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, is a network of Canadian civil society organizations working across the country to advocate for gender equality.

Members

Canada has launched a national committee comprising 16 Canadians representing diverse voices and perspectives on gender equality from across the country. Members were invited by the Government of Canada to help inspire and engage Canadians, and build momentum leading up to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference.

Simone Cavanaugh

Simone is an advocate for international human rights and people with disabilities who is passionate about the intersection of human rights, government policy and corporate social responsibility. A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law with an LLB/BCL and a major in international human rights and development, Simone is a motivational speaker and an alumna of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, in which she advised top government officials on issues pertaining to the rights of women, children and people with disabilities in Canada. She was a TEDX Montreal Women speaker, winner of a Top 20 Under 20 award and youngest recipient of the Laurie Normand-Starr humanitarian award. Simone is a co-founder of Pivot International, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the independence, mobility and quality of life of children with disabilities in developing countries.

Léa Clermont-Dion

Léa is a PhD student in political science, author, feminist, filmmaker, television and radio host, and body image advocate who contributes to the advancement of the equality of women and girls in the media by working on topics such as online misogyny, cyber violence and women’s leadership. She is also the co-founder of the Québec Charter for a Healthy and Diverse Body Image, the first of its kind in North America. In Quebec, she co-launched #etmaintenant, a social media campaign in response to #metoo, which strives to involve men as part of the solution to sexual violence. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Hommage bénévolat-Québec award, a YWCA of Montréal Young Woman of Distinction Award, a College Award for Excellence in Communications, a Canada Millennium Scholarship, an AVENIR Personnalité par excellence award from Forces AVENIR, and a selection as personality of the week from La Presse and Radio-Canada.

Caroline Codsi

Caroline has had a successful career in the corporate world, including as vice president and senior vice president within major organizations. She founded Women in Governance in 2010 (also known as La Gouvernance au Féminin), a not-for-profit organization that encourages women to develop their leadership skills. She dedicates her life to empowering women to access executive roles and board positions in the corporate world in Canada, and is an advocate for women’s equality rights globally. She successfully launched the first corporate parity certification in Canada with the support of McKinsey & Company. Caroline has received awards from the Quebec Business Women’s Network, the Arab Women trophy, and Premières en affaires, among others. She was recognized as one of Quebec’s Top 20 Diversity Leading Figures, one of Canada’s Top 75 Canadian immigrants, and is in the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She is also the recipient of the UN Women’s National Committee Gender Equality Award.

Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine is a five-time Canadian Olympian, an Olympic silver medallist in athletics and a member of the Order of Canada. She is founder and president of NGU Consultants Inc., a global cross-sectional consultancy including technology and major events, and is a director on several boards. She is committed to several charitable organizations, including Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and Canucks Autism Network; co-founder of the 365 International Sport Foundation; a Champion for Peace with the global charity Peace and Sport; and is a founding past member of the international board of Right to Play. She was part of the first group of athletes elected to the International Olympic Committee where she served on its Athlete’s Commission, Press Commission and its founding Ethics Committee. She is a former board member of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and is currently the alumni Olympians Canada representative on the Canadian Olympic Committee. As well, she is a member of the Canadian Soccer Association executive board and the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions.

Genesa M. Greening

Genesa is a certified fundraising executive with two decades of experience working in Canada, Africa and the United States during which time she advised more than 20 charitable causes that fundraised over $300 million. In recognition of her community work and advocacy for gender equality, racial justice and marginalized communities, Genesa was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions and the Women’s Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver, and is a member of the World Health Organization’s Working Group on Advocacy and Communications for the Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative. She is committed to ensuring women have equitable access to the highest quality health care when, where and how they need it. As the President and CEO of the BC Women’s Hospital + Healthcentre Foundation, Genesa collaborates with those who share her commitment to gender equity in health care and invests in charitable causes that deliver social change. She is an award-winning business leader, having won the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 award, sponsored by the Women’s Executive Network, and the Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 award. Genesa is also co-chair of Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, an unapologetic feminist and relentless optimist.

Cassandra Hallett

Cassandra is a strong advocate for quality inclusive publicly funded public education. She has served more than 25 years in the education sector, working as a teacher and educational leader both nationally and internationally. Cassandra is the first woman in the 95-year history of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) to become secretary general. Prior to becoming the CTF’s secretary general, she served the CTF as an international program officer and held a variety of leadership roles in the field of education, including professional development coordinator in Nunavut and English language arts coordinator for the Kivalliq School Division and the Nunavut Department of Education. Cassandra served on the executive of the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association and the Nunavut Teachers’ Association. She is also co-chair of Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada.

Helen Kennedy

Helen joined Egale Canada Human Rights Trust with 22 years of experience in politics—both as an elected city councillor and a political staffer—and became its executive director in 2007. She is a founding member of Canadians for Equal Marriage, an influential public policy lobbying campaign that resulted in Canada being one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Helen’s work includes introducing the climate survey on homophobia and transphobia in Canadian schools, the first national survey of its kind in Canada that provides critical findings on bullying for use by schools, educators and governments. She has delivered training to immigration refugee adjudicators and police services across Canada and the Balkans and consulted with senior Pentagon officials in Washington, D.C., on the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She is co-secretary general of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and activism.

Beth Lyons

Beth is the executive director of the New Brunswick Women’s Council, an independent public-government agency that works to advance women’s equality. She is also a proud member of the YWCA movement, currently sitting on YWCA Canada’s board of directors and formerly worked as YWCA Moncton’s Associate Director. She is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, 21 Inc., and the Coaching Fellowship. Beth holds an honours BA in English and Theatre Studies from Acadia University. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Kevin McCort

Kevin has worked for more than 30 years in the non-profit sector, both in Canada and around the world. He is president and CEO of Vancouver Foundation and has earned a reputation as a smart, strategic leader who always puts community at the heart of his work. Highlights of initiatives under Kevin’s leadership include Fresh Voices, a unique partnership that empowers racialized immigrant and refugee youth, and Fostering Change, an initiative that supports youth living in foster care as they transition to adulthood. Before joining Vancouver Foundation, Kevin worked with some of Canada’s leading humanitarian aid organizations, including for six years as president and CEO of CARE Canada. Kevin is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in promoting Canadian values of tolerance and social justice around the world. He is also a core member of Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada.

Emily Mills

Emily is the award-winning founder of How She Hustles, a vibrant network that has been connecting diverse women through social media and special events in Toronto for nearly a decade. With a digital reach of 10,000 women and growing, her sold-out events attract guests from across North America, Africa and the Caribbean. Emily is a seasoned communicator with a passion for building bridges with diverse communities and amplifying their voices. Emily created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring Black women that became a Canada 150 project for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The project generated national media coverage, became a one-hour television documentary and earned the CBC President’s Award. Emily has worked for CBC, CTV, Canadian Heritage and in media relations for the non-profit sector. She is also a frequent public speaker. She is a sought-after public speaker on women in leadership, diversity and inclusion and entrepreneurship, leading conversations for Twitter, Canada, the Economic Club of Canada and the United Nations Association in Canada, and others. Last year, she was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category. She is also featured in the 2018 edition of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women. A graduate of Ryerson and York universities, Emily holds journalism and music degrees and has studied public relations. She is a proud wife and mother.

Heather Moyse

Heather is a multi-sport athlete and a highly respected motivational speaker and author. She is a four-time Olympian and has competed internationally in track cycling, rugby and bobsleigh, in which she and her teammate won gold at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. In 2016, Heather was the first Canadian female, and only the second Canadian ever, to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Heather uses her personal experiences—and professional training as an occupational therapist—to help people embrace challenges and seize their potential to achieve personal excellence and live beyond definition, which is why she wrote, Redefining ‘Realistic’. In January 2016, she summited the highest mountain in Antarctica with eight members of the Canadian Armed Forces to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. As a lifelong humanitarian, Heather donates her time and talent to many community events and national charities, which have earned her the Order of Prince Edward Island, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award.

Shania Pruden

Shania is an Indigenous rights activist, blogger and youth motivational speaker. In August 2014, she launched her blog to raise awareness of Indigenous rights in Canada. She soon turned her focus to raising awareness about mental health and youth empowerment. Shania became a speaker for WE Day, an event held in the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa in 2016 to inspire thousands of youth to be the change they wish to see in the world. Shania also donates her voice to the United Way Speakers Bureau, speaking to various businesses and organizations about how United Way-funded agencies helped shape her into the person she is today. Shania has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to find their spark, light it up and keep it going.

Paulette Senior

Paulette has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. She is president and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a former CEO of YWCA Canada. Working with all levels of government, she has advocated on issues related to poverty, housing, violence against women, immigration and social justice. She has led, managed and operated shelters, employment programs and housing programs at organizations such as Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, the Macaulay Child Development Centre, the Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, and Central Neighbourhood House. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Women’s Funding Network and is former board chair at Women’s College Hospital. Paulette has received several awards including the African Canadian Achievement Award, the Afroglobal Leadership award, the Black Women Civic Engagement award, the MicroSkills Margot Franssen Leadership Award and the Woman of Influence citation.

Catherine Tait

Catherine was appointed president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on April 3, 2018. The first woman and producer to run Canada’s public broadcaster, Catherine has been a key player in the Canadian and U.S. film and television industry for more than 30 years. Catherine made her career as a producer and entrepreneur with companies such as Duopoly Inc, iThentic and Hollywood Suite. She also held managerial positions at Salter Street Films, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and Telefilm Canada. Catherine is a former member of a number of industry-specific boards, including: Comweb Group Inc, DHX Media Ltd., Entertainment One, CHUM Limited, Aliant Inc., Rogers Mobile Film Fund and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association. Throughout her career, Catherine has championed for a more inclusive industry for women and people from Indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities.

Vianne Timmons

As the first female university president in the history of the province of Saskatchewan, Vianne has been a strong advocate for the development of women leaders both in her home province and beyond. She is the driving force behind the Inspiring Leadership forum, which annually attracts more than 600 participants to the University of Regina for a day-long symposium on women and leadership. In 2015, Vianne received the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education’s Leadership and Influence award for promoting policies that enhance gender equity. In 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada—one of Canada’s highest civilian honours—for her long-standing work in the areas of inclusive education for persons with disabilities, family literacy and women’s leadership. In 2018, she began her third term as president of the University of Regina.

Adina Williams

Adina is from the Squamish Nation and grew up on a reserve in West Vancouver. She also descends from the ‘Namgis First Nation peoples from Alert Bay, B.C. She is currently a fourth-year student in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Adina is interested in dialogue around a variety of topics that are important to many Indigenous peoples, particularly about their truths, their histories and their futures. Adina has previously served as a youth reconciliation leader with the Canadian Roots Exchange, a youth-led organization that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada to learn about and facilitate dialogue focused on reconciliation with other youth in their home communities and cities.

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