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Past Calgary 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. Learn about some of our past Breakfast speakers below.
Michael Kimmel has been called "the world's most prominent male feminist." Kimmel, a bestselling author and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, shared his findings on the impacts of hyper-masculinity and how gender equality is good for everyone—men included.
In 2015, Maysoon shared her unique and often hilarious take on equality. She made audiences laugh, but she also made them think about the treatment of people living with a disability, the impact of cyberbullying, and much more.
In 2014 Sally Armstrong shared dramatic and empowering stories about women from across the globe—from Kabul to Cairo, from Mosul to Nairobi, and right here at home—who are changing the world as we know it.
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 2013 Breakfast.
In 2012, Shelagh Rogers, veteran broadcast-journalist and host of "The Next Chapter" on CBC Radio delivered the keynote speech at the Calgary Breakfast.
Indira Samarasekera, President of the University of Alberta, says it takes vision, ambition, and courage to live your live with purpose. In her 2011 address, Indira shared her personal journey, from civil war in her home country of Sri Lanka, to her childhood passion for mathematics and physics, to arriving in Canada in 1977 to complete her doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.