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

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.

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