March 2016

Women in Leadership

7:30am-9:00am | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Change is on the horizon at the c-suite level of Canadian companies - or is it? Join the Economic Club as we pay tribute to International Women's Day (March 8th) by providing a platform for five female trailblazers to discuss their personal stories in life, business, and what they have accomplished as leaders to help bridge the gender gap.

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

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

-Breakfast will be served -

Please Note: From February 29 to April 30, 2016 the Chateau Laurier will be conducting maintenance work in its parking garage. Due to limited parking availability while the work is being carried out, unfortunately on-site parking will be limited to registered hotel guests through our valet parking service at the rate of $38.00 per day. Local attendees will need to make alternative parking arrangements, which could include the Rideau Centre or the By Ward Market.

Women in Leadership

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada & Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta.

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others.

An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children. She also recently worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce a youth friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Cindy is currently completing a Master of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at the Loyola University Chicago.

Elaine Larsen

Director, Head Start for Young Women Network Consultant, The Capital Hill Group

Elaine Larsen

The Head Start for Young Women Network is a volunteer-run organization committed to creating awareness about what barriers prevent young women from becoming interested in pursuing positions of leadership, and provides tools to young women help overcome these barriers. As Director, Elaine works with a team to provide free and fun leadership development workshops to over 300 students and young professionals across Ottawa. Head Start also works with high school teachers and youth mentors in Ottawa and across Canada to distribute activity ideas on how to put a spotlight on women and leadership development.

Elaine began her career in the political office of the President of the European People’s Party, where she initiated the EPP’s first transatlantic strategy with Canada and contributed to Party’s public diplomacy and political activities. Later, she worked in political affairs for the European Union’s embassy in Canada where she assisted in the mission’s outreach to three levels of government, carried out reporting and public diplomacy activities, and coordinated relations with the EU’s 28 local Member States embassies.

After four years of working in international relations, Elaine sought to contribute to her community. She volunteered for the Youville Centre where she attracted financial support and secured in-kind donations from local businesses and Oprah Winfrey. Later, Elaine implemented the Head Start for Young Women program in Ottawa, under the direction of City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The program sought to ignite a conversation among young women in Ottawa about pursuing leadership positions. Elaine also worked on the Councillor’s successful re-election campaign.

Elaine presently works at government relations firm The Capital Hill Group where she assists a range of organizations in their outreach to government and provides strategic communications advice.

A proud Carleton University alumna, Elaine holds an Honours Bachelor degree of Public Affairs and Policy Management (B.PAPM) with a specialization in Social Policy, and a Master’s degree in Political Management (M.PM). Elaine has undertaken graduate-level studies in European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs and holds a Professional Certificate in International Policy.

Karen Wilson

Women's Business Network

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson is a writer and communications strategist with a focus on digital marketing. She has worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years, from not-for-profit to government to small business. Her work focuses on helping organizations build a comprehensive and effective web presence through content marketing. Karen is a proud member and President of the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa, which is actively involved in helping support and promote the success of women in the Ottawa business community. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. She is currently serving on the board of Ausome Ottawa, a new charity that provides sports for children and teens on the autism spectrum. She enjoys volunteering QuickStart, Early Intervention for Autism, a charity that is committed to early identification and intervention for children with autism. Connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Nancy Peckford

National Spokesperson/ED
Equal Voice

Nancy Peckford

Named a Women's Executive Network Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada in 2014, Nancy was born and raised in a highly political family in Newfoundland and Labrador. After living in a variety of rural, urban and northern communities, she was selected to attend Smith College, one of the top ranked liberal arts colleges in the US and subsequently completed a Masters degree on the formation of women's political interests in Canada at Memorial University. Since coming to Ottawa, she has served a as Canadian Parliamentary Intern in a non-partisan capacity with MPs from both sides of the aisle - in addition to holding senior staff positions with several key non-governmental organizations, including most recently Equal Voice, a national multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women at all levels of government. A mother to three young children and partner to Craig, Nancy has had the opportunity to work on a number of political campaigns from the nomination up. She is in awe of every women who seeks to put her name on the ballot - and highly encouraged by the many more women and men who rally behind them.

Roseann O'Reilly Runte

President & Vice Chancellor
Carleton University

Roseann O'Reilly Runte

Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University, graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She has previously served as President of l’Université Sainte-Anne, Principal of Glendon College, President of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University.

She is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French, comparative literature, economic and cultural development. She is also a creative writer and has received a poetry prize from the Académie française.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, the Palmes Académiques and several prizes for her work on the environment, for community and national service. In addition, she holds a number of honorary degrees.

Dr. Runte has served on numerous boards and commissions in both Canada and the United States. For example, she was President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, President of the Humanities Federation of Canada, a member of the Executive Committee of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Training, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gardiner Museum, member of the Virginia Industrial National Development Authority, the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding Integration Center, the Advisory Board of SunGard SGT, the non-profit LifeNet Health Board, the Ontario Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee, the National Bank of Canada, and the Executive of the Royal Society. She currently chairs the Board of Fulbright Canada-U.S. and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). She is a member of both the European and the World Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Runte took up her duties at Carleton University on July 1, 2008.

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