Canada’s Women in Leadership Roadshow 2022

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Women in Leadership 2022

East: Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 Online: 12:00 pm – 3:10 pm ET

West: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 Online: 9:00 am – 12:10 pm PT

Event Overview

Elevating the Role of Women in the Public Sector

Women have made a tremendous impact in the government; advocating for change, influencing policy and law and paving the way for future generations. Despite the continuous efforts made, women remain underrepresented within the public sector landscape. Women are still faced with challenges and barriers that only increase if they are a woman of colour, are part of the LGBTQ2+ community or have disabilities. There is a significant disparity of women in leadership roles within both public and private sectors. This is due to longstanding stereotypes and biases, which impact women from the time they are young girls. Systemic change is required to overcome and shift the perception surrounding women’s leadership.


Statistics show that having women in positions of leadership directly influences and improves the socio-economic landscape for all. It is reported that there is a direct correlation between women leaders in government and the creation and implementation of more inclusive and equitable policies both internally and within our communities.


In this fifth segment of Public Sector Network’s Women in Leadership series 2022, we will explore key factors that continue to hinder or discourage women leaders, and how we can address and overcome them. We will discuss the importance of mentorship programs, allyship and leadership development. We will examine what it takes to make a great leader and how to challenge common barriers. Most importantly, we will highlight the strategies needed to quash what is problematic within our system and what we can all do to pave the road for the next generation of women wanting to pursue a leadership role.



Benefits of Attending

Examine key strategies today’s women leaders are implementing to close gaps within their workspaces

Discuss the importance of creating mentorship programs and what you can do to help lead the next generation of women leaders

Learn how to become a better ally to all unrepresented groups and champion change both at work and in your community

Your Inspiring Speakers

East- November 3rdWest – November 9th
The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab Member of Parliament Halifax West

The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab
Member of Parliament
House of Commons Canada 

Nosa Ero-Brown
Chief Talent Officer
Ontario Public Service 

Tania Tajirian, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief of Hospital Medicine, CAHM & Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Tania Tajirian
Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief of Hospital Medicine, CAMH and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto 

Ramneet Aujla Chief Human Resources Officer Metrolinx 

Ramneet Aujla
Chief Human Resources Officer
Metrolinx 

Lisa Smylie Director General, Research, Results and Delivery and Centre of Expertise Women and Gender Equality Canada 

Lisa Smylie
Director General, Research, Results and Delivery and Centre of Expertise
Women and Gender Equality Canada 

Wendy Bullion-Winters Director General and Chief Human Resources Officer Canada School of Public Service 

Wendy Bullion-Winters
Director General and Chief Human Resources Officer
Canada School of Public Service 

Ginette Seguin
Chief Petty Officer First Class
Royal Canadian Navy

Josie Scioli
Deputy City Manager,
Corporate Services

City of Toronto

Pam Lovelace Deputy Mayor Halifax Regional Municipality 

Pam Lovelace
Deputy Mayor
Halifax Regional Municipality 

Erica Fleck Assistant Chief, Emergency Management Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency 

Erica Fleck
Assistant Chief, Emergency Management
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency 

Suzanne Obiorah Director, Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development City of Ottawa 

Suzanne Obiorah
Director, Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development
City of Ottawa 

Candace Thomas Deputy Minister, Justice and Deputy Attorney General Province of Nova Scotia 

Candace Thomas
Deputy Minister, Justice and Deputy Attorney General
Government of Nova Scotia 

Honourable Melanie Mark Member of the Legislative Assembly British Columbia and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport 

Honourable Melanie Mark
Member of the Legislative Assembly British Columbia and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport 

Maureen Towle
Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Alberta Data, Information and Privacy Services Division
Government of Alberta 

Angela Cooke
Assistant Deputy Minister, Housing, Construction Standards, Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism
Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing, Government of British Columbia

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Jo-Ann O’Connor
Deputy Director, Finance
City of Victoria  

Valerie Gideon Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Indigenous Services Canada 

Valerie Gideon
Associate Deputy Minister
Indigenous Services Canada 

Lynette Tremblay
Chief Operating Officer
Invest Alberta 

Niki Sharma
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Deputy Caucus Chair and Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits
Province of British Columbia 

Lalitha Flach Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Elections Ontario  

Lalitha Flach
Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer
Elections Ontario   

Councillor Jennifer Rice Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi Ward City of Edmonton

Jennifer Rice
City Councillor
City of Edmonton 

Elise Belzil, Executive Director, Status of Women and Inclusion, Alberta Culture and Status of Women

Elise Belzil
Executive Director, Status of Women and Inclusion
Alberta Culture and Status of Women 

Dawn Thomas Vice President, Indigenous Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Island Health 

Dawn Thomas
Vice President, Indigenous Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Island Health 


Key Sessions

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Challenging Bias and Barriers: Envisioning the Future of Women in Leadership

  • What factors are currently impacting representation of women leaders in the government?
  • What are some key strategies driving change in your organization? What still needs work?
  • How can women better identify and address bias and barriers at work?
  • What can we do to ameliorate diversity within women leadership?

How to Champion for Change and Become a Better Ally in the Workplace

  • As women, how can we help other marginalized groups within our organizations?
  • What are some key tips to building a more compassionate, inclusive and understanding culture?
  • How can women become mentors, or seek mentorship in the office?
  • As a leader, how can we help influence and encourage other leaders to drive change?

Looking Back at What Shaped Us: How Life’s Defining Moments Can Make You Better Leaders

  • What or who motivated you to step up and want to become a leader?
  • What has been the most significant barrier in your career, and how did you overcome it?
  • Through your experiences, what factors make for a good leader, and why?
  • What is one moment in your life that helped shape you as a leader, and why?
  • What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a leader?

How to Encourage Talent Development, Training and Upskilling for Women within Public Sector

  • What sort of strategies can leaders implement, at all levels, to promote professional development for all women
  • How can women become mentors, or seek mentorship in the office?
  • Ensuring that training and development programs are both inclusive and accessible to all

Navigating the Complexities of Being a Leader Today and Where Do We Go from Here

  • How has the landscape for women in leadership changed over the past decade and how is this influencing leadership practices today?
  • How can we calculate the positive impacts of having women in the organization?
  • How can we push for systemic change when faced with adversity?
  • How can women leaders advocate for change when they are the minority?
  • What are some of the strategies governments can implement to encourage women and gender-diverse leadership?
  • How can men play a bigger role in advocating for more inclusivity within the workplace?

Your Registration

Live Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and explore how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


Networking

An opportunity to engage with your peers from across the state in dedicated networking sessions, interactive roundtable discussions and meal breaks


Technology Solutions

Hear  from leading solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


On-Demand

Receive on-demand access to session content on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

What Your Peers Had to Say

A wonderful collection of speakers and panelists. I appreciated the diversity of views and was fully engaged (a rare thing in this digital world!)
Government of Alberta


I enjoy these events. I learn something new every time.
Communication Security Establishment


The presentations were great and provided a number of questions and ideas we are grappling within my work environment.
 BC Public Service Agency

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