January 2019

The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister, Women & Gender Equality

11:30am-1:30pm | The Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King St E, Toronto

Gender Equality: An Economic Driver

There is widespread agreement that advancing gender equality is the right thing to do, but governments and the private sector increasingly recognize that it is also the smart thing to do. Evidence shows that advancing gender equality benefits everyone; it can be the solution to reducing labour shortages, making better quality decisions, and creating stronger bottom lines.

Join Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality, the Hon. Maryam Monsef, for a keynote address on how the federal government is growing Canada’s middle class and strengthening the economy by taking concrete steps to advance gender equality.

The Hon. Maryam Monsef

Minister for Women and Gender Equality
Government of Canada

The Hon. Maryam Monsef

The Honourable Maryam Monsef was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha.

Minister Monsef is a dedicated community organizer, a former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and a co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion.

A passionate volunteer, Minister Monsef has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, and a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group as well as the New Canadians Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions.

Minister Monsef was also the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which has successfully raised over $150,000 to date to help support women in Afghanistan.

Minister Monsef has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.

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