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On November 23, 2017, Professor Sarah Kaplan, Director of GATE, hosted a pre-budget consultation on gender impacts with Finance Bill Minister Morneau. We were joined by Julie Dzerowicz, MP from Davenport, and Chair of the Woman’s Caucus sub-committee looking at how to increase women’s participation in the workforce, as well as a group of more than 20 gender experts from academia and NGO’s. We had a lively discussion covering parental leave, women’s entrepreneurship, representation of women in top decision making positions, housing, pensions, support for women’s organizations, healthcare, moving beyond the gender binary, and recognition the many intersections between gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, and ability.



Other attendees included:

  • Kate Bezanson, ‎Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University
  • Clément Chartier, President, Métis National Council
  • Susan Christoffersen, Professor and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and Specialized Programs, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
  • Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
  • Janet Kranz, Co-Lead, Women’s Economic Council Collective and member of the Canadian CED Network’s People-Centred Economy Group
  • Kate McInturff, Senior Researcher, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Jessica Mustachi, Ontario Coordinator, Campaign 2000, Family Service Toronto
  • Lisa Philipps, Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Aldeli Albán Reyna, Senior Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator, YWCA Canada
  • Laurel Rothman, Interim Coordinator, Public Policy and Government Relations, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
  • Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada
  • Diana Sarosi, Manager of Policy, Oxfam Canada