Agenda

10:00 Registration and Networking

Connect with the people and groups in Western Canada and the U.S. who are committed and essential to gender equality.

10:30  Welcome and Introductions

Rita Mackenzie, Governor, Western Canada Region Soroptimist International.

Keynote Addresses:

How a Global Forum Impacts Me & My Community: The Need to Mobilize Locally and Nationally 

Bette Levy, Vice Chair of the NGO (non governmental org’n) Committee of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Break

Weaving Gender Equality into Society:  Barriers and Breakthroughs

Emilia Reyes, Gender-Responsive Public Policy Consultant to UN Women, Governments of Finland, Denmark, Mexico

12:10 Lunch

1:25 Panel Discussion: What’s Critical Here and Now in Government, Business and Civic Society?

Senator Mobina Jaffer, served recently Chair of the Senate study on Sexual Exploitation of Children; former Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women, Peace, and Security. More about Senator Mobina Jaffer.

 

Ajit Mehat, has served as Director General for both Services for Persons with Disabilities & National Labour Operations, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and CEO of OHSA at Health Canada. More about Ajit Mehat.

Maureen Fitzgerald, Gender Diversity Advisor to Business, Author and former Lawyer. More about Maureen Fitzgerald.

Bette Levy, Vice Chair of the NGO (non governmental org’n) Committee of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. More about Bette Levy.

Emilia Reyes, Gender-Responsive Public Policy Consultant to UN Women, Governments of Finland, Denmark, Mexico. More about Emilia Reyes.

Break

2:45 Workshop: Next Steps To United Advocacy and Collective Action

Small and large group discussion on how to move forward with a united voice to support, advocate for, and monitor – locally and nationally

4:00 See You Next Year!