Initiatives and Options for Enhanced & Sustainable GBA+ Capacity
February 4 - 5, 2020 · Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts
Odelia Bay, Doctorate Student, Osgoode Hall Law School
Odelia Bay works at the intersection of law and disability studies. She is currently a doctorate student at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Her dissertation project examines how workers with an episodic disability
balance the competing needs of self-care and work. Before landing at Osgoode, Odelia completed her Master of Laws at Columbia Law School in New York City and graduated with highest honours as a James Kent Scholar. She has a Juris Doctor
in English Common Law from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. Odelia’s academic awards speak to her work in the areas of labour law, human rights and equality, and disability.
She holds a Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Odelia has taught courses on labour law, statutory interpretation, and critical race theory at the
University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. Prior to studying law, she worked as a broadcast journalist.
Adri Bravo, Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
Adri Bravo (Pronouns: she/her) is the Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Coordinator at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. She travels across Canada promoting awareness of 2SLGBTQ intimate partner
violence and facilitates workshops for service providers to increase capacity and better support survivors. Adri received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Kent State University before working for the U.S. government as a civil rights
investigator and conciliator. When she isn't advocating for social, economical, and political justice, Adri enjoys running, gardening, and traveling.
Dr. Tammy J Clifford, Vice-President, Research Programs, CIHR
Effective October 29, 2018 Dr. Tammy J Clifford joined CIHR as its Vice-President of Research Programs. In this role, Dr. Clifford is responsible for the design, development, and administration of the agency’s
funding programs and science policies. She is also an adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, where she supervised a number of masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students.
For the last decade, Dr. Clifford served as a member of the Executive Team at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), most recently as Chief Scientist and Vice-President, Evidence Standards. At
the beginning of her career, Dr. Clifford worked on a number of maternal and child health research projects at CHEO’s Research Institute, where she also served as a member of the Research Ethics Board. More recently, she had been a
principal investigator on a number of knowledge translation research projects, a peer reviewer, and a member of CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Advisory Board.
Tammy is recognized for her exceptional leadership abilities, as well as for her passion and commitment to knowledge translation, and to mentoring the next generation of health researchers. She received her PhD in
Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and her BSc and MSc from McGill.
Marcie Hawranik, Founder and President of Canadian Equality Consulting
Marcie is the founder of Canadian Equality Consulting; an Alberta-based company that supports workplaces to become leaders in gender equity, diversity and inclusion. Marcie has a Master’s degree in international
relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York focused on conflict resolution, a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Political Studies, and extensive experience in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, diversity and
inclusion, policy and program development, and stakeholder engagement.
Marcie also co-hosts a podcast called “(ex)clusion,” an exploration of all things equity, diversity and inclusion.
A few highlights of Marcie’s work 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;
- 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...);
In 2019, Marcie was recognized by UN Women as a “SHE Innovator” and in 2018, she won the Premier's Award of Excellence for her innovative work to advance gender equality in Alberta.
Serisha Iyar, Founder, Leading in Colour
Serisha comes from a family of South African refugees and is a first-generation Canadian. This has shaped her interest in diaspora issues, refugee rights, intersectionality, anti-oppression and decolonization through a
lens of liberation theology. She graduated from McGill University in 2017 where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in World Religions. Serisha is an alumna of The Mosaic Institute's UofMosaic Fellowship and
the Founder of Leading in Colour, an organization that equips young racialized leaders with the tools necessary to conduct their advocacy efforts. Most recently she served as the 2018-19 Refugee Rights Policy Intern at Citizens for
Public Justice in Ottawa.
Alex Legendre, Policy Analyst, GBA+ Centre of Expertise, Strategic Policy Divisions, Service Innovation and Integration Branch, Canada Revenue Agency
Alex has been working at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for over 12 years, starting in 2007 as a junior analyst with the Corporate Tax Administration for Ontario project. Moving on to Policy work for the following 5
years, Alex provided guidance to Provincial and Territorial government departments on requirements for the sharing of personal taxpayer data and negotiated numerous Memoranda of Understanding. After a brief 2 year assignment in Toronto
in support of the Ontario Region’s Director of Programs, Alex returned to the National Capital Region to take on the role of lead analyst for the CRA on Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). Alex now provides support services to
program areas across the Agency, providing guidance and advice to ensure programs, services, and policies are inclusive and sensitive to the diverse needs of Canadians.