A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on.
- AVP, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan

GBA+: Developing the Requisite Expertise

“The Plus” in GBA+, Case Studies, Learning-By-Doing and Best Practices: How to Dig Deeper for Richer Insights

February 26 - 27, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue Group
9:15 - 10:00
Progress Applying the GBA+ Lens
Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue Group
  • How does GBA+ fit into the budget process?
  • Beyond GBA+: Strengthening Gender-responsive budgeting throughout the entire budget process
  • GBA+ Guiding concepts and fundamental principles
  • Key work steps for carrying out a GBA+ examination
  • How is GBA+ integral to the development of Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board Submissions?
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:00
GBA+ Best Practices
Marcie Hawranik, Canadian Equality Consulting
  • Lessons learned
  • Best practices
  • Advice for GBA+ rollout across a large organization
11:00 - 12:00
How GBA+ Contributes to Informed Decision-Making at Canada Revenue Agency
Kimberley McAvoy, Senior Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy Division, Canada Revenue Agency
  • What challenges and barriers to GBA+ implementation have been identified
  • Corrective measures and action plans
  • Integration of GBA+ into departmental decision-making
  • Collection of additional disaggregated data re tax and benefit administration
  • GBA+ considerations in informed decision-making supporting equity and inclusion in business planning and prioritization
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
GBA+ in Alberta
Kelly Buckley, Director, GBA+, Gender Equality and Advancement, Alberta

Kelly will share Alberta’s experience in implementing the Framework to Advance Gender Equality and will provide highlights and examples of the successful integration of GBA+ and gender budgeting within the Government of Alberta.

2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 2:30
Case Study Scenario: Examining a Policy or Program through a Gender Based Analysis Plus Lens
Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue

Forming small groups, participants will review a mock policy or program they received prior to the conference. The policy or program will form the basis for practical, hands-on work for the remainder of the afternoon. Objectives of the exercise will include:

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Identifying affected population groups
  • Identifying the data required and where to find it
  • What to do if the data is inadequate
  • Deciding with whom to consult
  • Identifying impacts on the relevant population groups
2:30 - 3:20
Candid Views: Impact of Government Policies and Programs on Indigenous Women
Moderator: Marcie Hawranik, Canadian Equality Consulting
Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Francyne Joe, President, Native Women’s Association
  • About NWAC
  • Launch of the Resiliency Centre
  • The impact of government policies and programs on Indigenous people and their communities
  • The impact of government policies and programs on Inuit and their communities
3:20 - 4:15
Questions and Answers: Learning from the Panel
  • Why is it important to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in government policies and programs?
  • There is a lot of media attention and debate surrounding Bill C-69 and the requirement of companies to complete GBA+ impact assessments on all energy infrastructure projects going forward. Do you think this new requirement could help or hinder the Indigenous consultation requirements for natural resource developments?
    • Could this new requirement have the potential to improve the effectiveness of existing Indigenous consultation requirements, or could it take away from them?
  • Where are good sources of information and research on Indigenous peoples and how can knowledge gaps be filled?
  • What is your advice for using GBA+?

Questions from the audience

  • In the case study/scenario that you have received, what are some questions that you would like to ask our speakers?
  • Are there any questions that you have for the speakers based upon your own work and application of GBA+?
4:15        End of Day One



Event Partner

Institute of Public Administration of Canada



Budget 2017's Gender Statement sets out how decisions made in the current budget were informed by gender considerations. With this historic statement, the government of Canada has signaled its renewed commitment to reviewing policies, programs, services and legislation for gender-specific impacts.

Every policy, law or regulation going to cabinet must be viewed through the gender lens taking age, income, culture, ethnicity and other intersecting factors into account. And where a policy impacts women and/or other population groups negatively, policy analysts must turn their minds to developing effective mitigation plans.

As government analysts work toward this goal, daunting challenges emerge. What if no relevant gender disaggregated data exists? Where do you look to find other data that can be useful? How do you run a consultation process that will provide reliable qualitative data? What do you do to develop and share the data with others who need it? How far must you go if gender does not seem relevant to a policy?

INFONEX's GBA+ will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas to help find solutions to these complex problems. A faculty of GBA+ analysts will draw on their experience to offer examples and provide ideas that will help you think outside the box for innovative solutions. Information experts will help you identify reliable sources of existing data you may never have heard of including surveys, administrative and academic databases and data drawn from big projects that have been completed. You will learn how to invest in long-term data collection and how to partner with Statistics Canada to expand existing resources. You will learn to run a consultation process that results in information that is relevant to you today and learn how to share it with others who may need it tomorrow. You will return to your office refreshed and inspired by new ideas and new contacts.

Join experts from government and other sectors who have the important information, insights and strategies you need to meet the complex challenge ahead. Find out what other departments, agencies and provincial governments are doing in this area. Register now and the up-front investment of time will allow you to perform with confidence in the months and years ahead. Register today!

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