Vanessa Flores, Manager of Individual Giving at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Passionate about human rights and creating social change. Eternal optimist and laughing enthusiast.
Rachael Lloyd is an anti-human trafficking advocate, primarily focused on addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children and young girls. She is the founder and Executive Director of the New York based Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), America’s largest organization offering direct services to American victims of child sex trafficking.
Timea is a Survivor of international trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and is a speaker and social advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims worldwide. As a result of her experiences, Timea founded “Walk With Me” which is a community based, survivor-led organization to rescue and restore the dignity, freedom and well-being of human trafficked victims. This is achieved by providing specialized, coordinated and comprehensive immediate first response victim services in Ontario. Within the last two years her organization has assisted over 150 victims of human trafficking.
Michele Landsberg is a Canadian journalist, social activist, and feminist. For twenty-five years, she wrote a column in the Toronto Star, pushing for progressive change on issues such as equal pay, abortion, sexual harassment in the workplace, and racial discrimination. She has won numerous honours, including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and two National Newspaper Awards, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her latest book is Writing the Revolution, a history of the Canadian women’s movement. In 2006, the Canadian Women’s Foundation created the Michele Landsberg Award to celebrate young women speaking out about gender equality in the media. In 2013 and 2014, the Canadian Women’s Foundation will launch two new awards in Michele’s name to honour her incredible contribution to women’s equality.
Bahar Shadpour was formerly Public Relations and Online Engagement Manager at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Passionate about women’s rights, human rights and creating awareness about issues affecting marginalized members of society. If I’m not reading a book at home, I’m probably outdoors playing sports or discovering nature’s beauty.
Julie George serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has been a philanthropist and committed volunteer in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years. She founded Juno House, a centre of excellence for adolescent girls and their families in Calgary, and is a major supporter and advisor to Juno House Foundation. She is also presently on the Board of Directors of Women Moving Millions.
Heather Mallick is a staff columnist at the Toronto Star. The author of two non-fiction books, she has written for the Globe and Mail and CBC.ca. She is the winner of the 2015 Landsberg Award, which is presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Canadian Journalism Foundation to a journalist who profiles women’s equality issues.
Kate Hawkins is the Manager of PR and Online Engagement at the Canadian Women's Foundation.