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


Initiatives and Options for Enhanced & Sustainable GBA+ Capacity

February 4 - 5, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda - Tuesday, February 4, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Marcie Hawranik, Founder and President of Canadian Equality Consulting
9:15 - 9:30
Introduction to Panel on Intersectionality
Geoff Dubrow, Consultant

9:30 - 10:30
Part 1: Featuring Candid Views and Perspectives from Refugee, Immigrant, Disabled, LGBTQ and other Minority Communities Affected By Government Policies and Programs
Moderator: Geoff Dubrow, Consultant
Serisha Iyar, Founder, Leading in Colour
Adri Bravo, Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
Odelia Bay, Doctorate Student, Osgoode Hall Law School
Michèle Biss, Policy Director and Human Rights Lawyer, Canada Without Poverty
  • Insights from marginalized communities including low income, immigrant, refugee, disabled, and minority communities affected by new policies, legislation, regulation, projects and other initiatives
  • The Anti-Poverty Project: Empowering low income people to have a voice in improving policy and program delivery
  • How different communities are impacted in different ways
  • Examples where local, provincial or federal governments have developed policy without input from diverse communities
  • Questions that policy makers should be asking
10:30 - 10:45        Networking Break
10:45 - 11:30
Part 2: Candid Views and Perspectives from Indigenous Communities on the impact of Government Policies and Programs
Samantha Michaels, Senior Policy Advisor, Pauktuutit Inuit Women
Melanie Omeniho, President, Women of the Metis Nation
  • Candid views and perspectives
  • How different communities are impacted in different ways
  • Examples where local, provincial or federal governments have developed policy without input from diverse communities
  • Questions that policy makers should be asking
11:30 - 12:15
Applying GBA+ Beyond Applications Going to Cabinet at Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Richard Cormier, Director, Communities & Inclusive Growth, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • What has ACOA done to date on GBA+, including tools developed as a foundation
  • GBA+ built into program evaluation
  • Drivers for GBA+ activities at ACOA
  • Importance of awareness building
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:00
Digging Deeper: Looking for GBA+ Considerations When They Are Not Readily Apparent
Alex Legendre, Policy Analyst, GBA+ Centre of Expertise, Strategic Policy Divisions, Service Innovation and Integration Branch, Canada Revenue Agency
  • The approach to implementation at the CRA
  • Our achievements
  • How GBA+ has shaped CRA services and programs
  • Agency GBA+ priorities
  • What makes for a good GBA+?
  • Some lessons learned
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:00
Identifying Your Own Biases and Understanding Different Points of View
Marcie Hawranik, Founder and President of Canadian Equality Consulting
3:00 - 4:00
Modernizing Collection and Use of Sex and Gender Information Practices
  • Issues arising where an individual’s gender identity and lived experience doesn’t align with sex at birth
  • How government uses sex and gender information to administer programs, analyze demographics, set gender equity policy objectives and issue docments
  • How is the current approach contributing to problems faced by transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit individuals
  • Aligning federal and provincial information practices
  • New data collection and accommodation practices
  • New StatsCan standards
  • Developing a framework for a government-wide policy direction
  • Departmental review of existing information practices against the policy
4:00        End of Day One



Budget Gender Statements set out how decisions made in the current budget were informed by gender considerations. With the first historic statement in 2017, the government of Canada signaled its renewed and ongoing 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, provincial governments, and municipalities 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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