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Corporate Citizenship for Gender Equality

Monday, March 8, 3 to 4 p.m. EST

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This event is presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with Abliminal.

Canada’s gender equality gains are at risk in the pandemic and the goal of building a gender-equal Canada is more pressing than ever. With your corporate gift to the Canadian Women’s Foundation this International Women’s Day, you and members of your organization will be invited to an interactive learning opportunity on building workplace cultures and practices that lead to impactful corporate citizenship for gender equality.


  • unlocking the power of gender diversity and equality in business and work
  • three key steps to good corporate citizenship for gender equality
  • the impact of your philanthropic efforts to transform lives and communities all over Canada


    • Paulette Senior, President & CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation​
      Paulette Senior is President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Paulette started her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods.She saw how social resources and systemic change could transform women’s lives. Through her work and advocacy with shelters, as well as employment and housing programs, she has earned numerous awards and become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada.

      Paulette joined the Foundation in 2016, after 10 years as CEO of YWCA Canada. Her work with the Foundation is guided by the vision of an inclusive, national movement toward gender equity that will strengthen all Canadians.

    • Vandana Juneja, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada​
      Vandana JunejaVandana Juneja is a non-profit leader with a passion for advancing women in the workplace and society. As Executive Director, Ms. Juneja leads the Canadian operations of Catalyst – the leading global non-profit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion.A trusted advisor, she coaches and counsels FP500 companies across industries with respect to their strategies to advance women into leadership and to create inclusive environments where all individuals can thrive. She works closely with corporate supporters, professional organizations, CEOs and senior leaders to advance their shared mission. A diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, she has worked with companies around the globe including in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. In her previous role as Vice President, Global Growth Markets, Ms. Juneja led Catalyst’s Asia-Pacific region and was responsible for driving the amplification of Catalyst’s global impact.

      A lawyer by training, Ms. Juneja practiced immigration law earlier in her career, following which she worked in the global diversity and inclusion groups of two Canadian banks. Her past experience also includes working as a research associate for the Status of Women Canada as well as travelling to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate a micro-finance project designed to lift women out of poverty and into the mainstream banking system.

      Ms. Juneja has earned a B.Comm. from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. You can follow her under the Twitter handle @ms_juneja.

      Catalyst is a global non-profit working with companies to help build more inclusive workplaces. Since 2000, Catalyst has worked with leading companies in Canada to address the unique concerns of Canadian women in business through research, education, and events. Contact for more information.

    • Valerie Chort, VP Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability, RBC Foundation

      Valerie ChortAs the VP Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation, Valerie is responsible for the development and execution of RBC’s global corporate citizenship strategy which is aligned to RBC’s purpose and creates positive social, economic and environmental impacts in the community. Her scope includes strategic philanthropy; employee engagement; impact measurement; corporate sustainability; social innovation and sustainable finance.

      For over 23 years Valerie has helped national and international businesses, governments and non-government organizations create opportunity by proactively managing environmental and social risks, and implementing programs that deliver both shareholder and stakeholder value.

      Before joining RBC in 2015, she spent 14 years with the global consulting firm Deloitte as the Americas Leader for Sustainability and Partner with Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services She was named as a member of Canada’s Clean 16–leader in the consulting sector; is a member of Privy Council’s Impact Canada Advisory Council, a founding member of Women for Nature, and is a mentor to an extensive roster of young leaders. Valerie graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

    • Thomas Davies, CEO & Executive Board Chairperson, Abliminal
      Thomas DaviesThomas Davies is the CEO & Executive Board Chairperson for Abliminal, a global software development firm. A passionate supporter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a strong focus on Gender Equality, Thomas has a special interest in amplifying and funding education for women in STEM.  An ardent champion of neurodiversity, Thomas actively cultivates an environment of inclusion and innovation in the cyber security domain.
    • Rachel Mielke​, Founder and CEO, Hillberg & Berk
      Rachel MielkeRachel Mielke, founder and CEO of Hillberg & Berk, is passionate about creating beautiful jewellery, and empowering women in the process. Her Regina-based luxury jewellery company’s success story is about more than making money; it’s focused on helping make a difference in the world – one sparkle at a time. Through determination and business savvy, the Saskatchewan-born went from a one-woman, kitchen-table-based operation into a multi-million-dollar company that has contributed over 10 million dollars in cash and product to organizations focused on the empowerment of women and girls.As an advocate for women in leadership, Rachel is passionate about sharing her time and expertise with organizations and events across the country in the hopes that women will continue to embrace leadership roles in their lives and push the boundaries of what they think is possible.
    • Sally Dimachki​, Manager, Investment Readiness Program​, Canadian Women’s Foundation​
      Sally DimachkiSally is the Manager of the Investment Readiness Program at the Canadian Women’s Foundation where she supports the growth and readiness of women-serving organizations to join the social finance ecosystem, while leveraging equity in the social innovation sector.

      As a Syrian and French immigrant to Canada, Sally is passionate about amplifying the voices of immigrant and refugee women in leadership. She served as the Chair of the inaugural G(irls)20 Summit Steering Committee. She has also served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa. She is a certified facilitator in the Trauma of Money Method, an online financial literacy program that brings together the psychology of trauma and our relationship with money.

      Sally is a strong believer in building cross-sectoral partnerships to maximize social impact, while fostering resiliency and growth within communities. She has previously worked at Refugee 613, the National Judicial Institute, Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Parliament of Canada.

    • Hilary Lloyd, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Responsibility, The Body Shop North America​
      Hilary Lloyd is responsible for all aspects of The Body Shop North America’s marketing and corporate responsibility efforts, including strategy, digital and e-commerce marketing, loyalty, brand and customer communications, customer insights, activism and corporate responsibility. Hilary joined The Body Shop in 2018 and has been proud to lead brand efforts that champion radical bodies – all in support of gender equality, inclusion and social & environmental justice.

      Before joining The Body Shop, Hilary has had leadership roles across several big, beautiful courageous brands. She served as the Head of Marketing for fashion retailer, Aritzia as well as the CMO and Head of Sustainability for IKEA in Canada. Throughout her career, Hilary’s efforts have been accredited as retail and brand leading as well as innovation, sustainability and employment leading.

      Hilary will always be a champion for businesses and brands whose primary goal is to understand their consumers and work hard to meet their needs – all while trying to have a positive impact on people and the planet.

    • Karen Campbell, Manager, Community Initiatives, Canadian Women’s Foundation
      Karen CampbellKaren Campbell is a Manager on the Community Initiatives team of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, responsible for the Foundation’s Anti-Trafficking and Economic Development granting programs. She contributes to the Foundation’s policy and advocacy work focused on gendered economic inequality. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Karen worked with a number of organizations and global networks advocating for the human and labour rights of migrant workers. As Project Manager at Migrant Forum in Asia, she managed a global campaign to reform migrant labour recruitment process and supported migrant workers and activists in building their capacity to influence migration governance at the global level. As a Project Officer with the Global Coalition on Migration, she supported cross-sectoral network building to maximize advocacy impact. Karen also has direct service experience as a Settlement Worker with YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin in southwestern Ontario. Karen brings a strong gender justice lens and intersectional analysis to her work. She sees the potential of feminist philanthropy to serve as a powerful tool of allyship, and she is committed to making space for communities to participate in decision-making processes that affect them.

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Questions? Email or call 416-365-1444 x236 or x233.