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Past Toronto Breakfasts
Looking for inspiration? Want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls across Canada? The Canadian Women's Foundation Calgary and Toronto Breakfasts are inspiring, eye-opening, sell-out events. See some of our past Breakfast speakers below.
At the 2015 Canadian Women's Foundation Breakfasts, Maysoon will share her unique and often hilarious take on equality. She will make you laugh, but she’ll also make you think about the treatment of people living with a disability, the impact of cyberbullying, and much more.
In 2014, Ashley Judd as she shared her journey to activism and her work to end sex trafficking. She has spoken out against the sexualization of women and girls in media and has increasingly focused on her humanitarian work, including poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, and social justice.
Sally Armstrong, one of Canada’s most engaging speakers, has been described as “the war correspondent for the world’s women”. Sally spoke at the 2013 Toronto Breakfast about stunning courage in the face of oppression, what we can learn from it in Canada, and why the time for women is now.
When actor Geena Davis, was watching television with her two-year-old daughter, she was shocked at the lack of female characters in children's programs. Today, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry regarding the portrayal of women and girls in children’s entertainment. She spoke about her work at the 2012 Breakfast.
In 2011, Gloria was the honoured keynote speaker at our 20th anniversary fundraising breakfast. In her speech, Gloria called the Canadian Women’s Foundation “a bright star in the global women’s movement” because our work is rooted in creating independence, not dependence, by helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence.