Day One: Tuesday, February 4, 2020


60 min

Registration and Continental Breakfast


60 min
Geoff Dubrow Serisha Iyar Adri Bravo Odelia Bay Melanie Omeniho

Featuring Candid Views and Perspectives from Refugee, Immigrant, Disabled 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

Melanie Omeniho, President, Women of the Metis Nation

Julie McGregor, Senior Legal Counsel, Assembly of First Nations

  • Insights from Indigenous communities, low income, immigrant, refugee, disabled, and minority communities affected by new policies, legislation, regulation, projects and other initiatives
  • 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


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45 min
Marni Parnas

Modernizing Collection and Use of Sex and Gender Information Practices

Marni Parnas, Alberta Consultant

  • 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


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45 min

Building Gender Transformative Programs

Kathleen Lahey, Professor and Queen's National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

We use the GBA+ process to review government policies, programs, legislation and regulations. It is our way of ensuring that what we are doing actually benefits all members of society taking into account the diverse population that is Canada. This may be giant strides forward compared to not reviewing policies for gender differences at all, but is it the best we can do? Let’s consider:

  • How whole-of-government and departmental approaches can help guide long term and deeply substantive policy impact
  • Analysis as to priorities, impacts on men as well as women, intersecting identities, plans, and budgets
  • Programs intended to close all gender-related gaps more proactively and deliberately
  • Achieve genuine equality for all over the course of a life-time.


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Day Two: Wednesday, February 5, 2020


60 min

Registration and Continental Breakfast


45 min
Sarah Viehbeck

Integrating Sex and Gender Based Analysis Plus (SGBA+) at Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Sarah Viehbeck, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Research Programs - Strategy, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Systematic examination of sex (biological) and gender (socio-cultural) differences between men, women, girls, boys and gender diverse people to expand our understanding of health determinants

  • How sex and gender interact with other intersecting identities such as age, ethnicity etc., to contribute to exposure to various risk factors, disease courses and outcomes
  • How CIHR supports the integration of sex and gender into health research
  • Progress and impacts of integration of sex and gender into health research


45 min
Thierry Rousseau Nataliia Stepaniuk

Proactive Identification of Needs

Thierry Rousseau, Assistant Director, Entitlement Instruments Citizenship, Refugees & Immigration

Nataliia Stepaniuk, Senior Policy Analyst, Citizenship, Refugees & Immigration

Rather than waiting for complaints and inadequately responding with piecemeal initiatives under specific time constraints, this Ministry is applying GBA+ to improve services to ensure changes hit the mark for the diverse population requiring services. This session will provide information on:

  • The Policy Plan
  • Broad consultation
  • Review of targeted GBA+ groups


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45 min
Karla Cote

GBA+ at the Municipal Level

Karla Cote, Issue Strategist, City of Calgary

This City of Calgary has been on a journey exploring how to best advance the delivery of equitable services. The focus of this session will include the steps The City of Calgary has taken to introduce GBA+ including:

  • development of a mandate to complete this work through new policy and strategy;
  • completion of a baseline assessment to determine need;
  • completion of a GBA+ pilot;
  • development of a citizen advisory committee to guide the process; and
  • relationship building with other orders of government and municipalities to learn from their experience and expertise.

The session will also include an assessment of strengths and barriers identified in our approach and results of City of Calgary initiatives to date.


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45 min
Deborah Simpson
Case Studies

Case Studies: A Feminist Approach to Gender Equality Analysis and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of International Programs

Deborah Simpson, Manager of Program Impact, International Programs, Oxfam Canada

At the heart of feminist GE analysis and feminist MEL is the commitment towards feminist values and the desire to understand how change happens, what works, and how gender relations can be shifted. The feminist GE analysis and MEL process begins with an action – the choice to undertake a feminist process and the  realization that the participation in this approach is a form of power. It is about the inclusion of voices not often heard. To that end, this presentation will explore:

  • Oxfam’s experience and approach in feminist GE analysis and feminist MEL – key principles
  • Lessons learned and best practices stemming from programs
  • How to best ensure the approach is intersectional and inclusive of most marginalized groups
  • Ethical and safety considerations
  • Data and evidence


15 min



45 min
Geoff Dubrow

International Dimension of GBA Plus: How Canada is Applying Internationally Through the Feminist International Assistance Policy

Geoff Dubrow, Consultant

  • How do beneficiary countries react to GBA+?
  • Examples from the Caribbean
  • Strategies for communicating what you are doing and why


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