September 2017

Championing Change: Leading for Gender Equality

11:30am-1:30pm | King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

It is 2017 and we still have not achieved gender equality in Canadian business. Women are still too often excluded from leadership positions. Leaders who think inclusion programs will solve the problem of exclusion in the workforce are mistaken – it’s time to start thinking different. The opposite of exclusion isn’t inclusion, it’s power. And in order to fight exclusion and drive to change towards gender equality, we have to change the expectations and norms placed on both men and women in the workplace. This discussion will focus on the role business managers and leadership can take in recognizing the gender roles that naturally exist and how to address the gender norms and societal expectations that limit human potential, like the so-called ‘double glass ceiling’ when it comes to gender and age. Business leaders must embrace the need for change and lead by example – for the good of their own businesses and the economy as a whole. It’s not easy, and it won’t happen overnight. But it’s up to leaders to work to change corporate culture and mindsets to ensure women and men both have opportunities – and power – on an equal footing.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email lapointe@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to lapointe@economicclub.ca by Thursday, September 21, 2017

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister of the Status of Women
Government of Ontario

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Halton.

Naidoo-Harris currently serves as Minister of the Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care. She was previously Associate Minister of Education, focusing on Early Years and Child Care. Before that, she was Associate Minister of Finance, focusing on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on Long-Term Care.

Naidoo-Harris was born in Durban, South Africa. Her family immigrated to Canada to pursue the dreams they could not achieve under apartheid. They settled in central Alberta, where Naidoo-Harris grew up in a small rural town. She later earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.

After graduate work at the University of Alberta, Naidoo-Harris moved to the U.S. for two years, where she began a career in journalism by working briefly for NBC and PBS. She went on to build a career as a writer, reporter, producer and news anchor at the international, national and regional levels.

She moved to Ontario in the 1990s to work for CBC-TV’s The National and Midday News, and since then she has anchored for CBC Newsworld, CBC’s The National and CTV Newsnet, as well as for local stations CBC Toronto, CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television. She has also anchored for CBC Radio regional and national programs, including World Report and The World at Six, and hosted the current affairs shows Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Naidoo-Harris has won numerous awards for her work and volunteerism in national and international causes.

Naidoo-Harris has lived in Halton for more than 20 years, and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Reel World Film Festival, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada and the Journalism Advisory Council at the University of Western Ontario.

Mike Henry

Co-Executive Champion
HeForShe at Scotiabank

Mike Henry

Mike Henry is Executive Vice President, Retail Payments, Deposits and Unsecured Lending. Mike and his team are responsible for designing and delivering financial solutions that drive growth through Scotiabank’s Canadian branch network, call centres and digital channels. Mike is also the co-executive champion of HeForShe at Scotiabank, which builds on the HeForShe movement created by UN Women and is part of a global effort to engage men in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential. Mike joined Scotiabank in 1996 after seven years with another Canadian financial institution.

Nicole Foster

National Chair
Equal Voice

Nicole Foster

Nicole Foster is the National Chair of Equal Voice and has served the past two years on the Equal Voice National Board of Directors. She has been an active volunteer during that time, including chairing the Communications committee as well as the historic Daughters of the Vote program.

Nicole has been a long-time and passionate advocate for women in politics, having first become involved with Equal Voice over 12 years ago when she served on the Ottawa chapter steering committee. She has been active in numerous political campaigns and events. She served two terms as President of the National Women’s Liberal Commission (NWLC) on the Liberal Party of Canada’s national board of directors. The NWLC’s mandate is to ensure equal participation of women and men at all levels of the Party, to represent and promote the interests of women within the Party and to encourage the active participation of women at all levels of Party activities.

Nicole is also currently a Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Public Affairs in Toronto, providing senior public affairs counsel to a diverse range of clients, including both the private and not-for-profit organizations. Nicole has over ten years of experience working with clients in a variety of sectors.

Prior to joining Global in 2004, Nicole worked for a number of years as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and has an exceptional knowledge in the area of legislative processes. She managed several legislative stakeholder groups and parliamentary activities, including overall strategy and tactics for question period, major pieces of environmental legislation and the activities of parliamentary Standing Committees on behalf of the minister. She also worked as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of State (Rural Development), as well as the Office of the Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women).

Nicole has also served on other non-profit boards of directors including the Design Exchange Museum and the Government Relations Institute of Canada. She is also a member of the Women’s Executive Network and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group.

Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Culture Studies with an extended minor in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.

Sally Armstrong

Human Rights Activist, Journalist & Award-Winning Author

Sally Armstrong

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan and Iraq, her eye witness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Canada Media Award in 2000, 2002 and again in 2011. She was a member of the International Women’s Commission a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. She is the recipient of ten honorary doctorate degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

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