September 10, 2016: Women in Leadership Bonus Session

Three hour presentation by Kim Armstrong, Deputy Minister for the Status of Women

Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Edmonton. Room TBA!

This extraordinary session will take you on a journey of leadership, women and perception. Kim Armstrong leads a thoroughly researched workshop that will help any woman become a better leader. Kim will dive into how women are perceived as leaders, how women specifically can get ahead in whatever they choose to do, and how gender impacts leadership and what to do about it.

Equal Voice Alberta North is thrilled to offer this exclusive session with Kim Armstrong, a highly experienced and educated thought leader in this sphere.

About Kim Armstrong:

Ms. Armstrong is passionate about supporting and enabling women to pursue their own, unique leadership journey. In 2013, she was a founding member of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Initiative within the Government of Alberta. WIL is an employee driven movement aimed at supporting, engaging, and empowering each woman within the Government of Alberta to reach her full potential.

Ms. Armstrong has spoken and written about her values based leadership style that emphasizes courage, humility, authenticity and resilience and through this work she encourages others to find their own leadership voice and create transformational change. She is a trailblazer in breaking down communication barriers that inhibit the achievement of great outcomes.

Her experience as a senior government official in the Government of Alberta has allowed her the opportunity to understand and navigate that environment and her extensive federal/provincial/territorial exposure has enhanced and expanded that knowledge and awareness.

August 10, 2016: Dealing with the Media/Social Media

Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: City Hall, Heritage Room

Panel discussion with Deborah Drever, Karen Leibovici, Linda Trimble, and Leila Daoud 

This session will try to prepare you for the difficulties that a modern campaign can bring in the age of media and social media—especially for women. Our expert panel will talk about their experiences and suggest strategies for handling some of the bad stuff women can encounter on the campaign trail and while in office.

Deborah Drever, MLA, Calgary

Deborah Drever was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Calgary-Bow on May 5, 2015.

She currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee.

Born and raised in Calgary, Ms. Drever is enrolled at Mount Royal University, where she is working towards a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

Throughout her postsecondary studies she has been active in various human rights organizations. She is a member of a feminist collective, and she shares in discourse focusing on women’s issues in Alberta.

Also active within her community, she has volunteered with a variety of not-for-profit organizations around Calgary since the age of eight. She has devoted over a decade to supporting the Calgary Folk Music Festival and has worked for over five years with GlobalFest, an international event that features fireworks displays and celebrates cultural diversity. Ms. Drever has also canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

She enjoys advocating for social justice and experiencing Calgary’s vibrant arts community. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, travelling and learning new languages.

Karen Leibovici, consultant

Karen Leibovici is a four-term Edmonton City Councilor, two-term Alberta MLA and past-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

She was first elected to the Legislature in 1993 representing Edmonton Meadowlark and held that seat for two terms until 2001. She was then elected to Edmonton City Council and re-elected three more times. While on Council Karen served as chair or vice-chair of the community services, executive and transportation and public works committees, and the Edmonton Police Commission. She was also influential in spearheading Edmonton’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, revitalize retail in west Edmonton and through her leadership on the FCM she brokered a 53-billion-dollar infrastructure plan with the federal government for funding municipal projects across the country.

Along the way Karen worked with news media – lots of it. She has spent a lifetime working with media as a politician and brings first-hand experience to the interview. She has also experienced the power and influence of social media and now spends part of her time training municipal politicians to understand and harness this relatively new medium.

Linda Trimble, professor, political science, University of Alberta

Linda Trimble received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 1990, and has been teaching Canadian politics and gender politics in the Department of Political Science since 1989.
Her current work is on media representations of Canadian party and electoral politics and women political leaders. She’s presently writing a book called Ms. Prime Minister: Media, Gender and Leadership. Reporting about Canada’s women premiers will likely be her next area of scholarly investigation. She retains a long-standing research interest in women’s representation in Canadian politics, and recently co-edited a book on this topic, called Stalled.

Leila Daoud, CEO, Dynamite PR

Leila Daoud has conducted more than 1700 interviews in her career as a public relations professional. She became interested in public relations after her internship in the House of Commons. Leila has advanced public relations training from the University of Alberta, Mount Royal University and NAIT. She is a nationally published author, guest speaker at universities and conferences and an award winning marketer. In her work for international NGOs, municipal governments and law enforcement services, Leila trained thousands of people to effectively use traditional and social media to their advantage.

Equal Voice is proud to announce our #YEGparity Speakers Series. The series will take place from April through August 2016, with the goal of inspiring, encouraging, and motivating women to run for office.


Running a Successful CampaignRunning a Successful Campaign

July 13, 2016
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: ATB Strathcona  Branch
(8008 – 104 Street Edmonton T6E 4E2)

Having a clear vision for your term in office is an absolute must – that vision is the guiding light that will lead you through the many twists and unexpected turns of political life. 

Catrin Berghoff and Natalie Cox are veteran campaigners who have tackled elections at all levels of government and will lead participants through a workshop session on the keys to developing a relatable and deliverable platform.

Natalie Cox came to politics through her interest and work in the human services field. Natalie believes that public policy, political environments and societal norms are primary contributors to the well-being of people. Her focus on policy analysis, political campaigning and social change shapes her work; to increase well-being of families by understanding and changing their environment and developing their capacity.

Natalie has 15 years of volunteer experience working with marginalized people, including over two years of service in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been involved in political campaigns for over a decade at all levels of government, from door-knocking to financials to ghost writing for candidates and developing platforms and policies as the campaign management team.

Natalie currently works for The Family Centre as supervisor in the Family Preservation program. She is a consultant and principal at Haubner Motshaw Consulting Ltd.

Catrin Berghoff is an adult educator and project manager by training. She currently splits her time between the non-profit sector and running her own business, Haubner Motashaw Consulting Inc. She has been working behind the scenes in electoral politics for over a decade and believes that the secret to a successful campaign is striking the right balance between creating great processes and systems and then ignoring them. Despite her political nature, she has never been a member of any political party.




June 8, 2016: Running a Successful Campaign
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Councillor’s Board Room at City Hall

Panel discussion with Andrew Knack, Heather MacKenzie,  Christel Hyshka and Janelle Morin.

Andrew Knack
Andrew was born in Edmonton, raised just west of the City in Spruce Grove and has lived in Ward 1 since 2001. Andrew received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2006 and managed a retail business based in the ward until being elected.

He is a strong advocate of our community league system and served on both the Meadowlark and Jasper Park Community Leagues. Andrew currently serves as the Council representative on the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Edmonton NextGen. He is also responsible for three Council Initiatives – Seniors, Transit and Post-Secondary.

Andrew is honoured to have the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 1 and the rest of Edmonton

Heather MacKenzie
Heather MacKenzie works in government relations as a Senior Associate with the Alberta Counsel. She was a federal NDP candidate in the 2015 election, a Ward 6 candidate for Edmonton City Council in the 2013 election, and served as an elected Trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board from 2010-2013. In addition to her political work, Heather holds a master’s degree in international development and a wealth of experience in community organizing and advocate.

Christel Hyshka
Christel Hyshka has managed or taken on a leadership role in political campaigns at all levels of government. She has a decade of experience working in both municipal and provincial government, on both the political and administrative sides. Christel has served as a formal and informal advisor to elected officials and held titles such as Constituency Assistant, Caucus Researcher, Director of Housing, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health. Christel has undertaken formal campaign training through both American and Canadian non-profit political organizations and taught campaign college classes covering several different areas of campaign management.

Christel has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. She currently works as a Senior Consultant for Berlin Communications, where she leads public affairs and strategic communications work.

Janelle Morin
Janelle is an official in the Government of Alberta. Bio to come! Please note the LOCATION CHANGE: Councillor’s Board Room at City Hall

May 11: Women, Diversity and Politics

Rabia Naseer will showcase the benefits that diverse political representation can bring to our communities and how we can support each other in our goal to see more diverse women elected to office.
Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 12.46.56 PM.pngRabia completed her Masters Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta. She works with the Government of Alberta Human Services Ministry as an Analyst with Child and Family Services. She is a Muslim woman wearing hijab who is actively engaged in her community. She is also the membership director and active member of the Paragon Toastmasters Club. Recently she was one of the mentees in the City of Edmonton Opening the Potential Mentee program with Councillor Oshry. The program seeks to encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to enter municipal politics. She has been involved with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on numerous projects and was awarded the Human Rights Award and Anti Racism Award for her work.  

Yegparity.ca Launch

We hosted a great launch party on January 27, 2016 for our new website yegparity.ca.  The idea behind the Yeg Parity launch is to have 50 percent of all Edmonton City Council and School Board candidates to be women in the 2017 Edmonton Municipal Election. 

We had support from members, women who are running and have run for public office, community leaders, city councillors, school board trustees, media...the list goes on! We are so thankful to all the amazing women and men of yeg that came out to support the initiative.

You can see pictures from the event at Mercer Tavern here.

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