Equal Voice consulted Aboriginal women across the country to find out what could be done to help support community members seeking leadership roles. The result is Deep Roots, Strong Wings – an online campaign school customized for First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, that includes a guide to the requirements and demands of running for public office - from the Band Office to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, Equal Voice
Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, PC, MP Minister of Health
Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Former MP, Nunavut
Equal Voice has identified the nominations process as particularly challenging, if not perilous, for women seeking to become elected. This panel explores - through a multi-partisan lens - the key elements that are essential for a successful nominations bid and will examine women’s experiences on the campaign trail.
Moderator: Hon. Sheila Copps, PC Former Deputy Prime Minister
Hon. Lisa Raitt, PC, MP Minister of Labour
Françoise Boivin, Candidate, Gatineau, New Democratic Party
Bernadette Clement, Councillor, City of Cornwall/Federal Candidate, Stormont Dundas and South Glengarry, Liberal Party
Penny Priddy, Former Councillor, MP, Minister
This panel examines, through the lens of news media veterans and critics, the role and impact of media's portrayal and coverage of female politicians. The panel also serves to delineate some of the key opportunities and challenges for women who are thrust into the lime light as they seek or serve in elected office.
Moderator: Shari Graydon, Informed Opinions
Susan Delacourt, Senior Writer, Toronto Star
Steve Paikin, Anchor, The Agenda, TVO
Laura Peck, Vice-President, McLoughlin Media
Prof. Joanne St. Lewis, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
This panel will focus on political culture and how to meaningfully accomplish one’s goals as an elected female official in a sometimes inflexible and rigid parliamentary and political context. Panelists will also explore the challenges faced by female representatives in advocating and building consensus on complex issues.
Moderator: Jane Taber, Senior Political Writer, Globe and Mail and Co-Host of CTV’s Question Period
Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM Ontario Fairness Commissioner
Patty DuCharme, Vice-President, Public Service Alliance of Canada
The Hon. Janet Ecker, President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Former Minister, Government of Ontario
Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Moderator: Jen Hunter, Candidate, Green Party of Canada
Martha Hall Findlay, Member of Parliament, Willowdale
Lisa MacLeod, Member of Provincial Parliament, Nepean-Carleton
Nancy Karatek-Lindell, Former MP, Nunavut
Hon. Pat Carney, PC, Senator Emeritus
Moderator: Adrian Harewood, Co-Host, CBC News Ottawa
Hon. Michael Chong, PC Member of Parliament, Wellington – Halton Hills
Françoise David, CQ, Spokesperson, Quebec Solidaire
Deborah Gillis, Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations, Catalyst
HE Mohau Pheko, High Commissioner of South Africa to Canada
Grand Chief Diane Kelly, Grand Council of Treaty #3
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Thanks also to Status of Women Canada for providing funding to our "Creating the Conditions for Women's Electoral Success" Pilot Project.