Episode length: 22 min 52 sec
Listen to discussions about:
- How Canada’s gender-balanced cabinet has changed the dynamic and views within the government over the past few years
- The three biggest challenges in closing the overall gender gap
- What is being done to encourage females to enter the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields
- Gender diversity in the United States
Keynote Speaker: Julia Smith
Julia Smith is Senior Policy Analyst, Policy and External Relations Directorate, Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) / Government of Canada.
She helped develop Canada’s first public sector internship program for immigrants, Ontario’s first provincial immigration program and Canada’s first federal gender-based budgeting process. She has also represented Canada around the world on issues including genocide education, organized crime, and building inclusive government institutions.
Julia holds a JD and a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. She is a BMW Foundation Global Responsible Leader. Currently, she is a Senior Advisor in the Department for Women and Gender Equality.