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The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Over the last year, the challenges and biases facing women in politics have been put under a spotlight for the world to see. But within our own country, a positive and progressive narrative has been unfolding since our last election. Today, Canada shines as a beacon for hope.

For the first time in history, our nation's Prime Minister not only openly identifies as a feminist, he supports his words with his actions —such as purposefully appointing a gender-equal Cabinet. A diverse cross-section of unbelievably talented women is now at the forefront of the country’s political landscape and working to drive incredible change.

At the Season Finale of the Women of Influence Luncheon Series we shine the spotlight on leading women in politics, both within the Cabinet and across other parties, who will sit down with CTV’s Marcia MacMillan and:

  • Give candid accounts of their professional journeys and what it took to be elected as a female political leader
  • Share insider perspectives on how the climate has changed. What does it mean to be supported by a vocally feminist Prime Minister?
  • Discuss what’s at stake with the causes they champion — what has been accomplished this year? Where do we stand for 2017?
  • Weigh in on what sort of impact the Trudeau government’s gender-balanced cabinet has had on Canadian business leaders, many whom have been reluctant to embrace the idea of setting quotas and targets for female representation
  • Answer the big question — is Canada ready for a female Prime Minister?

Join us on December 9th to celebrate the women at the forefront of Canadian politics and engage with senior business leaders from the country’s most influential organizations.

Meet our panelist The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health:

The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected as MP for Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015 and appointed as Minister of Health November 4, 2015. Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto. Between 1989 and 1998, Dr. Philpott lived in Niger Republic, West Africa where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers.

In 1998, she and her husband, Pep, moved to Stouffville, Ontario where she practiced as a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more 15 years and served as Chief of Family Medicine from 2008 to 2014. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Some of her global advocacy work includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Philpott was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.

Meet our panelist The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General:

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, MP for Vancouver Granville, a lawyer, advocate, and former Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations. Called to the BC Bar in 2000, Wilson-Raybould began her legal career as a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and later served as an advisor at the BC Treaty Commission. In 2004, she was elected as Commissioner by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit. Wilson-Raybould was elected Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations in 2009 and re-elected in 2012.

After being elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville in 2015, Wilson-Raybould was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General on November 4, 2015.

Minister Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil- Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. Sheis a member of the We Wai Kai Nation and is married to Dr. Tim Raybould.

Meet our panelist The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism:

A natural leader and organizer, Bardish Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, Bardish is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community. Bardish was appointed as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons in August 2016. She was also appointed Minister of Small Business and Tourism in November 2015.

In her role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Bardish has worked to foster diversity within the community providing opportunities for social and economic engagement. As the former executive assistant to former Member of Parliament Andrew Telegdi, Bardish has a deep understanding of the issues that are important to residents of Waterloo, including manufacturing, technology and innovation.

Bardish graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, The Waterloo Region Record recognized Bardish as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.


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December 9, 2016
11:15 am - 2:00 pm


Metro Toronto Convention Centre – North Building – Constitution Hall
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V2W6 Canada

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