A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on.
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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
Featuring These Industry Experts
Pamela Best, Assistant Director, Statistics Canada

Pamela Best is an Assistant Director responsible for the Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics at Statistics Canada. Pamela began working for Statistics Canada in 1988 while working on her honors degree in Sociology. In her 30 years in this organization, Pamela has worked in a variety of areas including the National Accounts, Communications and Dissemination, Collection Operations and Finance. In her current role, she oversees the teams responsible for Census and Administrative Data; Post-censual surveys; the General Social Survey and its modernization as well as Gender-based research.

Kelly Buckley, Director, Status of Women, Government of Alberta

Kelly Buckley is a registered social worker who has been working in the human services field for the past twenty eight years. Kelly has worked in the non-profit sector, the health services sector and as a child protection worker and policy analyst with the Government of Alberta. Currently, Kelly is the Director of the Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) unit in the Status of Women ministry for the Government of Alberta. Kelly received both her BA and BSW from the University of Regina and her MSW from Dalhousie University.

Heather Dryburgh, Ph.D, Director General, Statistics Canada

Heather Dryburgh is Director General at Statistics Canada responsible for Census Subject Matter, Social and Demographic Statistics Branch. She leads Census content development, certification, and dissemination of Census results. Also, three divisions in the Social Statistics Field of Statistics Canada report to Heather: Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Demography Division, and Microdata Access Division.

She joined Statistics Canada after completing her Undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Western Ontario, and her Ph.D. in Sociology at McMaster University. She has researched and published in the areas of technology and society, education, and social inequality focusing on gender and immigration.

Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue Group

In February 2018, Geoff Dubrow chaired and facilitated Infonex’s inaugural GBA+ conference. An experienced, high energy facilitator, Geoff has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including parliamentarians, civil servants at all levels and civil society organizations. Geoff applies a variety of tried and true techniques to make participants feel engaged and willing to share.

Geoff is also a governance expert with over 15 years of experience in strengthening gender equality. Geoff has recently led several GBA+ analyses for the Government of Canada. This has included: identifying population groups that could be both positively and negatively impacted by proposed government policies; proposing strategies to address those impacts; and identifying methods to monitor these strategies and emerging gender impacts throughout policy or program implementation. Geoff's experience also includes developing, monitoring and evaluating gender equality strategies for international development programs in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. As a monitor for Global Affairs Canada's public financial programs in the Caribbean, Geoff provides strategic advice to the Department on how executing agencies can strengthen and track the integration of gender equality into technical assistance programming.

Amira Elghawaby, Journalist & Human Rights Advocate

Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Globe and Mail. Amira spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims as human rights officer and later, as director of communications, at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) between 2012 to the fall of 2017. She is currently involved with several initiatives to promote civic engagement in diverse communities, including as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the Silk Road Institute and as an advisor to the Muslim Youth Fellowship in Toronto. Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001.

Erin Gee, Co-host and Co-founder, Bad + Bitchy Podcast

Erin Gee is an Ottawa-based media personality with nearly 10 years of experience working at the intersection of policy and communications. She co-founded the Bad + Bitchy Podcast in 2017 with Erica Ifill and Bailey Reid, a podcast that provides critical analysis of politics and pop culture through an intersectional feminist lens. A born community builder, Erin has organized TEDx events, fundraisers, conferences, and cultivated a digital presence that led to her being featured in the New York Times. All of Erin's work is guided by the principle of making the world suck less.

Marcie Hawranik, Founder, Canadian Equality Consulting

Marcie is the founder of Canadian Equality Consulting; an Alberta-based company that helps organizations become leaders in gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Marcie has a Master’s degree in conflict resolution from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York, a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Political Studies, and extensive experience in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, policy and program development, and stakeholder engagement.

A few highlights include:

  • Speaking on Alberta’s advancements towards gender equality to the United Nations Panel on Business and Human Rights and to the World Bank
  • Creating the new Alberta Status of Women ministry
  • Designing consultation and engagement strategies for non-governmental organizations at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
  • Leading the prep and organization for the Government of Canada at the United Nations Human Rights Council during the review of Canada’s human rights record
  • Creating and evaluating public consultations and designing effective government policies and programs
  • Designing, creating and implementing a government grant program, several mentorship programs and numerous conferences
  • Designing and implementing “ Co-Action” (collective action) sessions, bringing together stakeholders on an issue and facilitating a discussion to develop an action plan to create positive change (topics included: the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM fields; preventing, ending and healing violence against girls, etc...)

Marcie also recently won a 2018 Premier's Award of Excellence for her work to advance gender equality in Alberta.

Francyne D. Joe, President, Native Women’s Association of Canada

Francyne Joe is from the Lower Nicola reserve in British Columbia, Canada and is a proud member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation. Her grandparents raised her with strong ethics and taught her the knowledge and respect for her cultural heritage. Witnessing the effect of domestic violence, unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, and systemic and institutional misogyny and racism occurring within her community, Francyne is committed to empowering Indigenous women and girls in her work and philanthropy.

Currently, Francyne is the President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, continuing her strong advocacy work on behalf of Indigenous women of all Nations. On any given day, you will find Francyne actively engaged with the highest levels of government in one moment and rolling up her sleeves at the grassroots level the next to positively enhance the lives of Indigenous women throughout Canada.

Kimberley McAvoy, Senior Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy Division, Canada Revenue Agency

Kim McAvoy is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), where she heads up the Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Centre of Expertise. Over the last two years Kim has led a renewal of GBA+ at the CRA, including standing up a centre of expertise and developing a series of internal roundtables aimed at promoting awareness and education. She has led in the development of over 150 GBA+'s to inform government proposals and decision-making. She has worked for the federal government for the last eight years, most recently specializing in gender equality, inclusive government and service improvement for Canadians. Kim has worked with a range of organizations and institutions, including other government departments across jurisdictions, international partners, civil society organizations and the private sector. Kim has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa.

Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor, Paukuutit

Samantha Michaels is a Senior Policy Advisor at Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. She leads research on issues affecting Inuit women and children to advance policy and program development. Her principal files include housing, violence against women and the administration of justice. She also advises on social, economic and health trends. Samantha holds a Master’s Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Law and Society from York University.




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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