Sarah Kaplan is University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy, Professor of Strategic Management and Director of the Institute for Gender + the Eco. She is author of the business bestseller, Creative Destruction which challenges the myth of sustainable competitive advantage. Her current research continues this exploration of how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields, examining biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance.
Isabella Bakker is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University and a York Research Chair on Global Economic Governance, Gender and Human Rights. She is a leading authority in the fields of political economy, public finance, gender and development. She has held visiting professorships at a number of institutions including the European University Institute, New York University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also held consultancies with the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Canadian government as well as with numerous advocacy groups dedicated to advancing economic and social justice.
Poonam Puri is a tenured professor of law at Osgoode Hall, York University and former Associate Dean. Appointed to Osgoode’s faculty almost twenty years ago, she is an award winning teacher, author, lawyer, and public intellectual. Poonam holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. In 2016, Poonam was recognized as a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation for her interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-engaged research which will formulate innovative solutions for governments, regulators and corporate leaders to ensure greater accountability of multinational corporations when they cause harm to people and local communities.
Diana Lucaci empowers business leaders with scientific understanding of people’s needs and preferences, in order to create experiences that are relevant and meaningful.Diana is the Founder and CEO of True Impact, a leading neuromarketing research and strategy firm serving marketers, market researchers and advertisers. With a decade of Marketing experience and an education in Neuroscience and Psychology, she translates neuroscience data into actionable marketing strategies.
Jennifer is driven by constantly challenging the status quo. While taking a diverse career path holding leadership roles in the private and public sectors, she has always been committed to thinking differently, innovating, and creating positive change, while building strong teams and inspiring those around her to achieve new heights. All her personal and professional experiences have led Jennifer to this point, which focuses on working directly with professional women in retreats around the world and within large organizations creating women leadership networks, in-house.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served for an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. In that time, she elevated the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a novice regulatory body to a first-class agency, known around the world for its cutting edge innovation and leadership. Her Privacy by Design framework seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, adviser to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.
Vicki is Founder of SheEO; a two-decade long initiative to dramatically transform how we support, celebrate and finance female entrepreneurs building new models, new mindsets and new solutions for a better world.
Dr. Bonnie Stevens, RN, PhD, is a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, Associate Chief Nursing Research, and a Senior Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at SickKids. She is also the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain, the Co-Director of the Pain Centre at SickKids, and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Amanda Fleising and Eyal Gleanz
Amanda Fleising is a professional Latin American dancer representing Canada throughout the world with her partner Eyal Gleanz.
She is the President of Crystal Clover Canada and Aida Dance Shoes Canada which distribute and retail specialized European fabrics and Russian handmade dance shoes. She graduated with an MBA from Concordia University in 2013 and started Crystal Clover Canada in October 2014.
Dr. Catherine Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. She is also interested in how Canadians use (or don’t use) the internet in their daily lives.
Dr. Angela Miles is a feminist activist, theorist, academic, editor and publisher. She has a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Professor in the Adult Education and Community Development Program, Head of the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education and co-founder of the International Women’s Human Rights Education Institute at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She is committed to building and studying women’s transformative activism locally and globally.
Christy Anderson studies the ways architecture changes us emotionally. She works on both historic and contemporary buildings in order to understand how we are shaped by history and the present. Students at the University of Toronto praise her enthusiastic teaching style. The author of several books on architectural history, Christy is now writing a history of the connections between architecture and natural history. She is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Oxford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.