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GBA+ Forum Agenda

Wednesday November 21, 2018

Time Title Synopsis Speaker
8:00 am to 8:45 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 am to 9:10 am Introduction and Opening Ceremony The Honourable Maryam Monsef
9:10 am to 10:10 am Plenary Session: Setting the stage This session will present key milestones, as well as challenges and successes to GBA+ implementation.
  • Gina Wilson
  • Anil Arora
  • Ava Yaskiel
  • Philip Jennings
10:10 am to 10:30 am Health Break and Networking
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions 1: GBA+ in Advancing the Government’s Priorities
Role of GBA+ in Women's Economic Participation Gender equality benefits everyone. The G7, OECD and the McKinsey Global Institute all concur that policies that foster greater inclusion can lead to higher economic growth. GBA+ can also be used to promote economic independence, leading to better social outcomes. In addition, GBA+ provides a lens to better understand the contributions of women’s invisible and undervalued work to the economy.
  • Moderator:
    Michelle Kovacevic
  • Speakers:
    Armine Yalnizyan
    Bailey Greenspon
    Farrah Khan
GBA+ as an Approach to Evidence-Based Policy The Canada’s Gender Results Framework (GRF), introduced in Budget 2018, commits the government to actively track Canada’s progress on gender equity. Strengthening the quality of GBA+ with better data and the full consideration of impacts across a range of intersectional factors is key to this commitment.
  • Moderator:
    Lisa Smylie
  • Speakers:
    Marc Lachance
    Samantha McDonald
    Jonathan Dewar
    Pauline Rankin
GBA+ and Culturally-Sensitive Decision-Making GBA+ can be used to help foster a culturally safe environment for collaboration with Indigenous Peoples to develop and improve policies and services to better meet the needs of Indigenous peoples.
  • Moderator:
    Patrick Boucher
  • Speakers:
    Vivian Michel
    John Defrancesco
    Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier
    Roberta Jamieson
Gender and Diversity and the Impacts of Climate Change It is increasingly recognized that women and men experience climate change differently. As such, gender and diversity considerations are a key element of good environmental policy.
  • Moderator:
    Michelle Brownlee
  • Speakers:
    Karen Craggs Milne
    Christine Loth-Bown
    Dominique Souris
    Amber Fletcher
11:45 am to 1:45 pm Lunch with Minister Address and Armchair Discussion
12:45 pm Armchair Discussion: Women in the Economy
  • Moderator:
    Bilan Arte
  • Keynote speakers:
    Sarah Kaplan
    Zahra Al-Harazi
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 2: GBA+ in Advancing the Government’s Priorities
International Experiences in Gender Governance GBA+ will play a key role in supporting Canada’s implementation of gender mainstreaming and fulfilling its commitments to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Moderator:
    Elissa Goldberg
  • Speakers:
    Elizabeth White
    Diana Sarosi
    Rachel Livingston
Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Companies and organizations with a greater proportion of women in leadership positions outperform those with a lower proportion of women in leadership positions, yet women remain under-represented in senior positions, especially in STEM fields. Research shows that workforce and inclusion are key drivers of innovation. This session focusses on the reasons that this lack of inclusion persists, its economic costs, and how it can impede innovation.
  • Moderator:
    Paul Thompson
  • Speakers:
    Helen Kennedy
    Joanne Fedeyko
    Imogen Coe
Inclusive Access for All Canadians Ensuring consistent and excellence service to Canadians is a core government priority. GBA+ can play a role in enhancing government services and operations to ensure that they improve access for, and meet the needs, of all Canadians. This is particularly important as governments increasingly shift to automated and online services.
  • Moderator:
    Yazmine Laroche
  • Speakers:
    Diane Bergeron
    Maya Roy
    Doris Rajan
    Lisa-Marie Inman
    Peter Simeoni
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Health Break , GBA+ Fair and Network
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Plenary Session: GBA+ Group Visioning Activity
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Reception with Parliamentarians and VIPs at the National Gallery of Canada

Thursday November 22, 2018

Time Title Synopsis Speaker
8:00 am to 8:45 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 am to 10:00 am Armchair Discussion: Canadian experiences in gender mainstreaming in policy development This session will present key milestones, as well as challenges and successes to GBA+ implementation This discussion, bringing together national, international and provincial perspectives, will review Canada’s achievements and challenges in implementing GBA+.
  • Moderator:
    Monika Bertran
  • Speakers:
    Tatyana Teplova
    Catherine Ferembach
    Stephanie Paterson
10:00 am to 10:15 am Address by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women
10:15 am to 10:45 am Health Break and Networking
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3: GBA+ in Advancing the Government’s Priorities
Understanding GBA+ as Gender and Diversity Analysis While GBA+ is intended to be a gender intersectional approach, the “plus” continues to be misunderstood or overlooked. Efforts to develop other analytical lenses – such as a disability lens, a multiculturalism lens, a youth lens, and an Indigenous lens – suggest that GBA+ is perceived to not give sufficient consideration to these identity factors.
  • Moderator:
    Danielle Bélanger
  • Speakers:
    Bonnie Brayton
    Debbie Douglas
    Dillon Black
    Chantal Maillé
    Vivian Michel
Applying GBA+ for Inclusive Infrastructure GBA+ is an approach that can help to ensure that infrastructure investments benefit all Canadians.
  • Moderator:
    Helen Smiley
  • Speakers:
    Hibaq Gelle
    Krista Wilcox
    Bev Esslinger
Applying GBA+ to Security GBA+ can play a critical role in policies around security and safety, whether these apply to safe neighbourhoods and housing, border control, corrections facilities and services, or online safety.
  • Moderator:
    Vaughn Charlton
  • Speakers:
    Kassandra Churcher
    Rachel Livingston
    Diane Thibault
    Nico Pau
    Lisa Vandehei
Gender and Diversity in Trade Agreements Trade agreements give consumers more choice and lower the cost of products, boost Canadian businesses' access to new markets, support good, middle-class jobs, and help grow the economy, yet the benefits of these agreements are not experienced the same way by all people. It is therefore critical that free trade agreements take into account differential impacts on diverse groups of men and women.
  • Moderator:
    Marie-France Paque
  • Speakers:
    Nicole Verdugo
    André-François Giroux
    H.E. Peteris Ustubs
    Susan Baka
12:00 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch, Networking and GBA+ Fair
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 4: GBA+ in Advancing the Government’s Priorities
Social Determinants of Health and Intersection of Sex and Gender Policies to address inequality are longstanding, yet progress has been slow, particularly in relation to the gender-based gaps in health outcomes among diverse groups of men and women. By promoting diversity, evidence, and sex-disaggregated data, GBA+ supports better health policy outcomes and better health research. This session focusses on the application of GBA+ in health policy, program and research.
  • Moderator:
    Beth Jackson
  • Speakers:
    Roberto Ortiz
    Miga Chultem
    Daniel Grace
    Karen M. Lawford
    Florence Ashley
GBA+ to Foster Culture Change GBA+ is primarily an analytical process to inform public policy, but it has the potential to influence broader cultural change by increasing awareness of issues around inequity. To have a more meaningful impact, broader cultural change is needed to support GBA+.
  • Moderator:
    Catrina Tapley
  • Speakers:
    Jeewan Chanicka
    Francesca Scala
    Gabrielle Bouchard
Accountability and Inclusive Public Engagement through GBA+ Engaging with the public is of strategic importance for public policy; to strengthen its relevance, responsiveness and to foster public institutions’ accountability and to build trust. The process of public engagement – open, two-way conversations about what we do and why – helps to build understanding and appreciation of government’s role and to help to better fit its work to the expectations of wider society.
  • Moderator:
  • Speakers:
    Lisa Smylie
    Nancy Peckford
    Kelly Buckley
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm Health Break, Networking and GBA+ Fair
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Closing Ceremony and Adjournment The Honourable Maryam Monsef Terry Duguid