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University of Saskatchewan

GBA+: Developing the Requisite Expertise for Gender-Based Analysis Plus

February 26 - 27, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Last Year's Day One Program Agenda (2018)
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Geoff Dubrow, Director, Government Practice, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
8:45 - 9:45
Gender-Based Budgeting: An Historic First Step for Canada and the United Nations
Kathleen Lahey, Professor and Queen's National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
  • Canadian and international emergence of GBA+
  • The role of the UN and The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee in GBA+
  • GBA and gender budgeting processes: Canada and beyond
  • Benchmarking reports and data needs
  • Key GBA+ indicators: education, work, incomes, and economic equality
  • Where Canada is now regading GBA+
  • What to do if sex/gender-disaggregated data is not available
  • Examples of GBA+ of tax and spending measures
  • New UN and Canadian work regarding gender and tax aspects of gender budgeting
  • How future budgets can be improved with GBA+
9:45 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Process, Methodology and Tools
Geoff Dubrow, Director, Federal Government Practice, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc.
Carlee Micholuk, Senior Analyst, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Identifying the population that will experience the impact of the policy, program or legislation
  • Identifying the economic impact
  • Mitigation strategies
  • Identifying and monitoring strategies
11:00 - 12:00
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Building Expertise Over Time
David Dendooven, Director General, Strategic Policy, Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs Branch, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
Catherine Blanchard, Director General, Planning and Resource Management, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
  • What we have learned over the last ten years
  • Specific challenges you may face and how we managed them
  • Impediments faced and overcome
  • Remaining challenges
  • How we evaluated what we have done
  • Impact on policy, legislation and regulation
  • Path of the INAC learning curve and future plans
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:15
Public Health Agency of Canada
Gerry Gallagher, Executive Director, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Equity, Public Health Agency of Canada
Marie des Meules, Director, Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Agency of Canada
Miga Chultem, Manager, Sex and Gender Based Analysis, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Background with GBA+
  • Where have we been and where are we going?
  • Lessons learned
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 4:00
Looking for GBA+ Considerations Where They Are Not Readily Apparent
Danika Goosney, Associate Vice-President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Charlotte Bastien, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Oversight and Communications
  • Special challenges
  • How to dig deeper
  • Where do you get the data?
  • Approaches to thinking outside the box
  • When is GBA+ not necessary?
4:00        End of Day One



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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