An April 18, 2017, a panel discussion commemorating Equal Pay Day with Emanuela Heyninck, Ontario Pay Equity Commissioner, Jamison Steeve, Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, Victoria Budson, Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard’s Kennedy School, moderated by Sarah Kaplan, Director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy discussed five themes cutting across policy insights from the pay equity commission and research on prosperity.


Gender wage gap
Parental leave (maternity and paternity)
Education/skills development
Business norms and practices.

About the speakers:

Emanuela Heyninck, Ontario Pay Equity Commissioner.

In April of 2015, Ms. Heyninck was one of four individuals appointed by the government to the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee, which is conducting research and seeking public input into solutions to close the gender wage gap in Ontario. The Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Minister of Labour in the spring of 2016. Ms. Heyninck is immediate Past President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on several of SOAR’s committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Before her appointment to the Pay Equity Commission, she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario for 25 years.

Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity

Jamison is the Executive Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity,