Sarah Blackstock is leader in social change and public policy. She has worked with a range of organizations including Greenpeace, the Income Security Advocacy Centre, and YWCA Toronto on initiatives to advance equity and well-being. Currently, Sarah manages the Social Policy unit in the Social Development, Finance & Administration Division at the City of Toronto where she collaborates with public servants, residents and diverse stakeholders to develop and implement social policy that supports the goals of equity, inclusion and prosperity.
Azra Dizdarevic is an Evaluation Analyst at Transport Canada, and is responsible for the integration of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in Transport Canada’s Evaluation and Advisory Services, advising programs on developing GBA+ indicators, and advancing GBA+ in the full project management cycle at Transport Canada. Prior to joining the federal government, Azra worked in project management in the non-profit sector, assisting in the implementation of capacity building programs for members of parliament and civil society organizations in South-East Europe. Azra graduated from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with a Master of Arts in International Development, prior to that she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Western University, London, Ontario.
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.
Dr. Maya K. Gislason – Gender Based Analysis Plus Expert (GBA+) and Advisor. Gislason is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and faculty lead in teaching and research on the Social Inequalities in Health. With degrees in Women’s Studies and Sociology, Gislason teaches on and guides research teams in developing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) informed evidence generating tools to research the impacts of climate change and intensive resource extraction on rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities in Canada, with a focus on British Columbia. Serving as a Sex and Gender Champion on tri-agency funded research and as a new member of the Sex and Gender Champions Community of Practice in Canada, Gislason is actively engaged in the dynamic space of GBA+ research, policy formation and the development of best practices nationally and internationally. This work includes consideration of how these intersectionality and diversity-informed approaches might be used in the development of culturally sensitive and appropriate tools for the First Nations Health Authority.
Erin is a Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, as well as a Gender Equity Advisor to the Gender Equity Secretariat, for the Government of British Columbia. In a previous life, Erin was a Gender and Immigration Historian with the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Zohra Khan is UN-Women’s Senior Policy Advisor on Governance leading the Entity’s work on gender budgeting and financing for gender equality. In this role, she has provided technical assistance to over 80 countries on planning and budgeting for national gender equality plans and strategies.
Ms. Khan has 20 years’ experience on gender equality and development in international and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN-Women, she was Senior Policy Officer at One World Action where she conducted research on the impact of UK and EU aid and trade agreements on women’s livelihoods. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Researcher in the South African Commission on Gender Equality, a body established after the first democratic elections in 1994 to promote and protect gender equality, where she advised on legal reform.
Ms. Khan is leading contributor and co-editor of the book Financing for Gender Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights through Gender Responsive Budgeting, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Natal and is a dual national of South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kathleen Lahey is Distinguished University Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Co-director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s, cross-appointed to Queen’s Gender Studies, and affiliated faculty, Queen’s Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. She is a member of the Ontario and Illinois bars, Associate member, Garden Court Chambers, UK, sits on the boards of the UK-based Tax Justice Network and the steering committee of its global parent, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and specializes in tax, corporate, gender, international tax, property, and human rights law.
Her current research revolves around three core questions: Until substantive equality of outcomes for all individuals can be attained, how can societies eliminate deeply- rooted structural inequalities and discriminatory practices? How can the power and wealth concentrated in global ‘north’ corporations and individuals through unequal property, political, tax, and budget laws be replaced with redistributive programs that maintain individual sustain/abilities throughout life? And, what truths arise from Indigenous and diverse peoples’ living knowledges and learnings about how to match rates of human innovation and development with the evolutionary rates of other members of the biosphere in order to increase the sustain/abilities of all forms of life?
She has pursued these questions while on numerous government commissions, while meeting with and advising governments, civil society, academic groups in Canada, across China and on every continent, as well as when working with the European Parliament, EU governments, the UN and other treaty bodies, international financial institutions, and with Indigenous, circumpolar Arctic, human rights, and diverse peoples’ organizations, watching and learning how to expand current research and dissemination methods capable of addressing these increasingly urgent issues
Marni Panas is the Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion with Alberta Health Services where she is dedicated to creating safer, more welcoming and inclusive environments for over 100,000 employees and 4.5 million patients and their families. She holds a degree in Health Administration and a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional designation. Marni has contributed to legislation and policy protecting human rights for individuals at the provincial and federal levels in Canada. She has also been invited to share her experiences and expertise on inclusive health and cultural safety for diverse health care providers, patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally.
Mr. Scott is a social scientist who has devoted his 15-year career to solving complex social issues, especially related to vulnerable and resilient populations. He uses a blend of discovery and reflective approaches to bring greater understanding and clarity to issues of gender diversity.