Canada's

Feminist Response
and Recovery Summit

March 8 and 9, 2021

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Program

This virtual Summit will be hosted on Zoom. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – International Women’s Day

 

Day 1

   
1:00pm

Welcome and event overview

Ambassador Isabelle Hudon , Canadian Ambassador to France

1:10pm

Elder Opening

Grandmother Martina Osawamick

1:20pm

Opening Remarks

Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

1:30pm

Opening plenary

Gendered impacts of COVID-19

The opening plenary will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected women, men, seniors, young people, Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ2 community differently. The plenary will also examine how recovery efforts can be designed to ensure it is inclusive of the needs of those most impacted by the pandemic.

Moderator

Honourable Chrystia Freeland , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Panelists

Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson fellow, Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Monique F. Leroux, Chair Industry Strategy, former President and CEO, Desjardins Group

Roberta Jamieson, former Chief Executive Officer, Indspire

Sarah Kaplan, Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

2:30pm

Artist performance

2:35pm

Health break and transition to concurrent sessions

 

Concurrent sessions: Gender Equality and Diversity

2:45-3:45pm

Black and Other Racialized Women

This session will explore the intersectional challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and other racialized individuals (BIPOC) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify actions for addressing these impacts through an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Moderator

Narmin Ismail-Teja, impact @ work.inc

Panelists

Félicia Tremblay, Diversity and Community Relations, Fierté Montréal Pride

Jennifer Wani, Student, University of Regina

Marci Ien, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre

Rhiannon Bennett, Hummingbirds Rising Consulting

Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy , former Senator

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard,Senate of Canada

2:45-3:45pm

LGBTQ2 Individuals

This session will explore the intersectional challenges faced by LGBTQ2 individuals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify actions for addressing these impacts through an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Moderator

Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre

Panelists

Ariane Marchand-Labelle, Executive Director, Conseil québécois LGBT

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Emmett Lamache, Executive Director, The Enchanté Network

Felix Gilliland, Meaningful Inclusion Project Lead, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

2:45-3:45pm

Women with Disabilities

This session will explore the intersectional challenges faced by women with disabilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify actions for addressing these impacts through an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Moderator

Senator Chantal Petitclerc, Senate of Canada, former Paralympian

Panelists

Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director, DAWN (DisAbled Women’s Network) Canada

Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Maayan Ziv, Founder and CEO, AccessNow

Tayler Glaspey, National Educational Association of Disabled Students

Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility and Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Employees with Disabilities

2:45-3:45pm

Indigenous Women

This session will explore the intersectional challenges faced by Indigenous women as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify actions for addressing these impacts through an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Moderator

Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Panelists

Michèle Audette, Senior Advisor on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education at Laval University

Odelle Pike, President, Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network

Rebecca Kudloo, President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

2:45-3:45pm

Immigrant Women

This session will explore the intersectional challenges faced by immigrant and newcomer women as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify actions for addressing these impacts through an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Moderator

The Honourable Senator Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, Senate of Canada

Panelists

Beba Svigir, Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, (OCASI) Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Naomi Alboim, Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; and Senior Policy Fellow, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University

Naomi Lightman, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary  

3:50pm

Closing session

Ambassador Isabelle Hudon, Canadian Ambassador to France

Elder Closing

Grandmother Martina Osawamick

4:15pm

Adjournment

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

Day 2

   
1:00pm

Welcome and Overview

Ambassador Isabelle Hudon, Canadian Ambassador to France

 

1:15pm

Plenary Session

Role of feminist leaders and movements

This session will examine Canada’s progress toward gender equality over the last 50 years and the role of feminist leaders and movements in that progress. Panellists will bring their experience and expertise to the challenges and inequalities highlighted during the pandemic, and how feminist movements can be leveraged in the response.

Moderator

Lorna Marsden, President Emerita, York University, former Senator and President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women

Panelists

Honourable Jean Augustine, former Minister of State, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Honourable Monique Bégin, Executive Secretary, Royal Commission on the Status of Women, former Minister of National Revenue and former Minister of Health and Welfare

Maureen O’Neil, former Co-ordinator of Status of Women Canada

Artist performance

2:25pm

Health Break

 

Concurrent Sessions

2:35-3:35pm

Women’s Movement

This session will reflect on the role of the women’s movement and sector in the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

Moderator

Senator Marilou McPhedran, Senate of Canada

Panelists

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services and Co-chair, Feminists Deliver

Katie Davey, Policy Lead, Public Policy Forum and Creator, Femme Wonk

Paulette Senior, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Rosemary Ganley, Educator, Journalist, Advocate

2:35-3:35pm

Women in the care economy

This session will explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s paid and unpaid care work, as well as opportunities for addressing these challenges by applying intersectional, gender-sensitive analysis to the care economy. 

Moderator

Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

Panelists

Cheryl Davies, Chief Operating Officer, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

Julia Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health

Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress

Nora Spinks, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Vanier Institute of the Family

Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor, York University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2:35-3:35pm

Women in the Economy

This session will explore the economic impacts of COVID-19 on diverse groups of women, and identify concrete actions to support a feminist, intersectional response to the recovery.

Moderator

Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Panelists

Hilda Broomfield Letemplier, President and Chief Financial Officer, Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd.

Rhonda Barnet, President and Chief Operating Officer, AVIT Manufacturing

Roopa Davé, Partner, Sustainability Services, KPMG

Victoria LaBillois, President, Wejuseg Construction

Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University

2:35-3:35pm

Gender-Based Violence

This session will explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on experiences of gender-based violence, as well as identify concrete actions for prevention and support to survivors and their families, from an intersectional perspective. 

Moderator

Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne, Senate of Canada

Panelists

Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President, Ontario Native Women’s Association and Director, First Peoples House of Learning.

Farrah Khan, Manager, Consent Comes First, Ryerson University

Lesley Lindberg, Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters

Manon Monastesse, Executive Director, Quebec Federation of Women’s Shelters

Tod Augusta-Scott, Executive Director and Lead Clinician, Bridges Institute

Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia

2:35-3:35pm

Women in Rural and Remote Canada

This session examines rural issues and challenges, including the gendered issues of place, care and connectivity, as well as economic development in rural and remote Canada.   

Moderator

Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

Panelists

Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Chief Kluane Adamek, Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Regional Chief

Michelene Gray, Executive Director, Labrador West Status of Women

Mylène Riva, Canada Research Chair in Housing, Community and Health. Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Geography, McGill University

3:40pm 

Closing Plenary

Actions for advancing gender equality

This session will review key themes from the Summit and discuss actions to advance gender equality and sustain the movement over the next decades.

Moderator

Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Panelists

Alana Robert, Lawyer and Anti-Violence Advocate

Charlotte Thibault, Vice President, La Maison Parent-Roback

Lauren Ravon, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada

Maya Roy, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Canada

Nikki Fraser, Indigenous advocate/UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals

Paulette Senior, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation

4:35pm

Closing Remarks

Ambassador Isabelle Hudon, Canadian Ambassador to France

Artist performance

Elder Closing