Speakers

Mary Bartram

Mary Bartram

Policy Director

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Dr. Mary Bartram has led mental health and substance use policy development and implementation with federal and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and NGOs. She is the Policy Director with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with responsibility for proactive policy analysis and research, advancing integrated approaches to substance use and mental health, and overseeing investments in 40 research projects on the relationship between cannabis and mental health. Mary completed her PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in 2017, where she teaches courses in public policy as an Adjunct Professor, and conducted postdoctoral research at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. Her research has focused on a range of issues such as equity in access to psychotherapy, harm reduction in postsecondary settings, and recovery in the mental health and substance use sectors. Mary is a Registered Social Worker and holds an MSc in Family Therapy from Purdue University.

Jill Chesley

Jill Chesley

Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Respect in the Workplace, Employee Services

City of Edmonton

Jill is the Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the City of Edmonton. With over 25 years of domestic and international experience in the non-profit, private and public sectors, Jill has developed in-depth knowledge within the fields of intercultural competence, equity, and diversity and inclusion.  At the City of Edmonton, Jill is responsible for the development and implementation of The Art of Inclusion: Our Diversity & Inclusion Framework, leading D&I strategy and policy development including GBA+, design and delivery of training, program development and coordination, as well as employee engagement via vehicles such as diversity & inclusion committees and employee resource networks. She is the Founding Chair of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network and the National Municipal D&I Network (Canada). She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and a Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership ©.

Marisa Dowswell

Marisa Dowswell

Senior Analyst

Justice Canada

Marisa Dowswell has worked for the Canadian public service since 2009 and is currently the Lead of the Gender-Based Analysis Plus Unit at the Department of Justice Canada.  She and her team are responsible for providing advice, training, resources and guidance on how to integrate an intersectional gender and diversity lens into the work of the Department.  Previous roles include Counsel with the Department of Justice Legal Aid Program, and a variety of policy roles focussing on working with equity deserving groups, such as with the Indigenous Justice Program.  Marisa is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program, where she had an opportunity to intern at the Supreme Court of Canada.  She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and more recently completed a Master of Arts in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.  Prior to working with the federal government Marisa worked with a number of Canadian and international non-governmental organizations in the area of human rights promotion and protection.

Geoff Dubrow

Geoff Dubrow

Principal Consultant

Nexus PFM Consulting

In February 2018, Geoff Dubrow chaired and facilitated Infonex’s inaugural GBA+ conference. He has participated enthusiastically in every subsequent Infonex GBA+ conference, as chair and/or presenter.

Geoff is Founder and Principal Consultant at Nexus PFM Consulting Inc. As an experienced, results-oriented consultant and high-energy facilitator, Geoff has provided training and capacity development for civil servants, parliamentarians and civil society organizations in over 40 countries on six continents as well in every province and territory in Canada.

Specializing in Public Financial Management (PFM), Geoff’s experience related to gender-responsive budgeting includes:

  • Applying Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to public policy proposals;
  • Providing strategic advice related to the rollout of GBA+ tools across the Government of Canada;
  • Developing an Action Kit on Gender Responsive Budgeting and Parliaments for UN Women, which will be published in early 2022; and
  • Providing strategic advice regarding the alignment of Canada’s PFM programming in the Caribbean to the objectives of the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP).
Erin Grant

Erin Grant

Sr. Policy Analyst, BC Data Service

Government of British Columbia

Erin has 9 years of experience working in the BC Government, with 7 of those years working in the Corporate Information Management Office in strategic policy and legislation. Prior to her recent arrival at the BC Data Service, she was a member of the small team that delivered the new Digital Policy Framework, including a new set of Digital Principles, and she held the lead pen on the development of the net new Managing Government Information Policy (MGIP). Erin is currently working on a Data Management Policy for the BC Government and assisting with the implementation of the new Anti-Racism Data Act.

Erin is a dedicated champion of equity and inclusion, appointed as lead chair of a cross-government working group developing a Gender and Sex Data Standard for the Province of BC, and as a Gender Equity Advisor for the BC Government. Erin has an MA and Ph.D. in History, focusing on gender and immigration identities.

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson

Manager of Policy

Oxfam Canada

Ian Thomson leads Oxfam Canada’s work on government relations, corporate engagement and feminist policy influencing in Canada and internationally.  He has also worked as their policy specialist on extractive industries and natural resource management.  Prior to joining Oxfam, he coordinated the human rights and natural resources program of a national ecumenical coalition and chaired the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability. He is a board member of the Canary Institute and the Maquila Solidarity Network, and holds engineering degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.

Maja Bosnic

Maja Bosnic

Public Finance and Gender Budgeting Expert, TED speaker

(Stockholm, Sweden)

Maja Bosnic, is an economist, specialized in public financial management and gender-responsive budgeting with 20 years of professional experience in international development projects. During her career, she has been cooperating with international financial institutions, bilateral donors and governments around the world – in the area of PFM reforms and GRB.

Ms Bosnic was a Team Leader of one of the largest global projects on gender-budgeting: Gender Budgeting in Ukraine Project funded by Sida (2013-2020). The main objective was to support Ministry of Finance of Ukraine and all line ministries in including gender aspects in financial and budget policies and programs. In her work with international finance institutions, including International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank group (WB), she has most recently cooperated with the WB PEFA Secretariat in developing new tools to ensure gender equality is taken up in public finance management processes (PEFA Assesment for Gender Responsiveness in Public Finance). She has been working with IMF on developing and implementing number of training programs globally -South Asian countries, African countries, Caribbean region as well as Europe in cooperation with IMF and Joint Vienna Institute. She was a member of Working group that developed sub-indicator SDG 5c1 (tracking finance for gender equality)

Ms Bosnic is currently Sector Lead for Governance portfolio of Niras International Consulting, where she coordinates the work on governance projects across 23 offices globally. She is also often invited to speak on the topic of gender and finance and gave TED talk at TED Women Conference in Palm Springs (2021).

https://www.ted.com/talks/maja_bosnic_how_to_share_public_money_fairly?language=en

Maryam Monsef

Maryam Monsef

Founder and CEO

ONWARD

Former Cabinet Minister, Women and Gender Equity, Government of Canada

Maryam Monsef is the Founder and CEO of ONWARD. She is a globally recognized feminist, leader, and changemaker. This Afghan-Canadian activist comes from a long line of strong and resilient women. She rose from refugee, to community organizer, to Cabinet Minister where she drove social and economic justice files for the Government of Canada at home and abroad.

Rumina Morris

Rumina Morris

Director, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression

City of London

Rumina Morris is an Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to leaders and organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has spent over 17 years in leadership positions where she has managed diverse teams in the human services sector and currently serves as the City of London’s Director of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. Rumina has been a strong advocate for Social Justice and Human Rights and has used her privilege as a leader to draw attention to systemic inequities and demand change.

A dynamic and engaging individual, Rumina thrives on lifelong learning and unlearning. By creating space for others to do the same, Rumina is able to facilitate critical self- reflection drawing attention to unconscious biases.  Her expertise has bridged the gap between the vision of being an inclusive  organization and actioning those goals in an intentional and strategic manner.  She explores organizational culture with an equity lens to shed light on opportunities for growth.

Nirvana Mujtaba

Nirvana Mujtaba

Program Officer

Oxfam Canada

Nirvana Mujtaba is a human rights activist with over 10 years of experience working on issues related to gender justice, labour and migrant rights and social protection of vulnerable and marginalized communities. She gained her technical expertise working with countries in Southeast Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, and North and Central America, and with UN agencies and international non-profit organizations. She has a MA in Economics from York University.

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

Executive Director

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah is an award-winning Black feminist with over 8 years of local and international advocacy experience through feminist initiatives in the Ottawa-Gatineau region  and through working at Oxfam Canada and Global Affairs Canada. She became the Executive  Director at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) in July 2020. The  Centre is a youth-focused organization that promotes diversity in gender identity, gender  expression, and romantic/sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services  in the areas of education and advocacy.

Rosanna Wilcox

Director of Strategy and Information

City of London

Rosanna Wilcox is the Director, Strategy and Innovation at the City of London. An expert in strategic and organizational management, Rosanna has spent nearly two decades in local government and has held leadership positions in community and economic development, customer service, innovation, and performance. In her role as Director, Strategy and Innovation, Rosanna is responsible for strategic planning and corporate reporting, organizational capabilities, and the City of London’s work to create a safe London for women, girls, gender-diverse and trans people.

Margaux Wosk

Margaux Wosk

Owner

Retrophiliac

Public Speaker, Advocate and Activist / Lower Mainland West Regional Director

BC People First

Margaux Wosk (Retrophiliac) is an Autistic, Non-binary, self-taught artist, designer, writer, entrepreneur, disability advocate and activist based in Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territory). Margaux has always been a creative person. Coming from an eccentric family of artists, they credit them for fostering their unique vision. They have been able to utilize their one-of-a-kind ideas as an outlet for positive change, self expression, and vibrant works of art.

Margaux designs merchandise including a line of neurodiversity pride pieces and hopes to break down barriers and eliminate stigma Proudly, they utilize their art to open a dialogue of what Autistic and disabled people are capable of. Margaux’s body of work comes in many forms, including vibrant, retro inspired paintings and mixed media work, to enamel pins, patches and stickers.

They have received multiple BC Arts Council Grants, their art was featured on the cover of York University’s Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism, they also have extensive press coverage and have shown in multiple galleries.

Margaux’s merchandise is available on retrophiliac.etsy.com, as well as www.shopretrophiliac.com. They also have their items in 20 brick and mortar retail stores. They are the Lower Mainland West Director of BC People First, they founded the Facebook groups ‘Made by Autistics Community’ and ‘Made by Autistics Marketplace’.

Most notably, Margaux’s neurodiversity and autistic pride collections have garnered attention from around the world. Utilizing their art to open a dialogue of what disabled people are capable of, Margaux continues to trailblaze the way for other self-employed people in their position.