Leading Canada’s She-covery From the Ground Up

Solutions for the Post-COVID Gender Gap in Canada’s Cities

About the Summit

Join us on Thursday, June 24, 2021 for two important conversations about addressing the post-COVID gender gap in Canada’s cities, hosted jointly by the Canadian Urban Institute and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario, and made possible by the generous support of Libro Credit Union and Advanis.

What must urban communities across Canada do to not only recover the progress we have lost, but emerge from COVID with a renewed commitment to gender equality? What kind of leadership will be needed — from governments, from the private sector, from civil society — to meaningfully address the gender gap in communities across the country as we emerge from this global crisis?


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Addressing Canada’s Urban Post-COVID Gender Gap

11:30am-12:30pm EST

This first event sets a strong context, providing a close and personal look at the gender gap in Canada’s cities from multiple perspectives. This panel takes an intersectional look at what we know today, and what decision makers need to be most concerned about as we recover from the pandemic.


  • Petra Kassun-Mutch, News Media Entrepreneur
  • Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network
  • Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO
  • Paulette Senior, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Joanne Vanderheyden, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities & Mayor of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, Ontario
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Big Ideas to Close the Urban Gender Gap

1:00pm-2:30pm EST

What are the big ideas and specific policy actions that will be needed to close Canada’s urban gender gap? This series of rapid-fire provocations provides a summary of what advocates, experts and policy makers in Canadian cities should explore to improve the wellbeing of women and girls across the country.


  • Sonja Foley, Director of Intergovernmental Relations Director and Strategic Partnerships, City of Vancouver
  • Maureen Jensen, Prosperity Project Founding Visionary & former Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Michi Komori, Prosperity Project Founding Visionary & Innovation and Sustainability Consultant
  • Chantelle Krish, Director, Communications, Programs and Outreach at Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Sheila North, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief
  • Brooke Richardson, President, Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario
  • Kadie Ward, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer, Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Carmina de Young, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer at Carmina de Young Fashion Design Inc.
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A Conversation Primer

Read CUI’s conversation primer, which provides a snapshot of what we know today about gender and COVID in Canada’s cities, based on a survey of more than 180,000 Canadians conducted and provided in-kind by Advanis.

Read the Primer

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