Maiden Manzanal-Frank is the Founder and CEO of GlobalStakes Consulting, a multidisciplinary consulting organization providing dramatic results for organizations in the public and private sectors in Canada and internationally for more than 15 years.

As a Strategy Maven, she brings teams, individuals, and organizations to a whole new level of performance leading to exponential impact and growth.

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Lindsey MacIsaac has been involved in non-profit work for over 15 years. She recently completed her MSW and has experience working and volunteering for a variety of women-focused organizations. She has been with YWCA Halifax for two and a half years and truly feels connected to the vision of the organization. She recognizes the power for change that our youth have and that is necessary to make positive impacts in the world, and feels grateful to be a small part of providing opportunities for them to do so.

Samira Chowdhury was a placement student with the Public Engagement team at the Canadian Women’s Foundation in 2019. She has a BA in Sociology and Ethics, Society & Law from University of Toronto, and at the time was enrolled in Humber College’s Professional Writing and Communications program.

After nine years of marketing professional experience in Morocco, Hanane Khales immigrated in 2013, and has been the Communications Coordinator at DAWN Canada since 2014. She is interested in how technology can be used to support women with disabilities.. She is an avid cyclist and nature enthusiast.

Brittany is Métis/Michif with ancestry from White Horse Plains, or St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba and with her family more recently coming from St. Paul, Alberta. She grew up in the Bow Valley of Alberta and moved to Ottawa to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. Brittany is passionate about the role kinship and family plays in the empowerment of Indigenous women and communities. She is dedicated to elevating the stories and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples through community organizing and creative outlets. Brittany works as the Reconciliation and Research Coordinator at the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

Brittany is a researcher, writer, and consultant working in the Greater Toronto Area. She holds a PhD from McMaster University and her research interests include gender history, human rights, and philanthropy.

Cerys has worked in tech for more than 15 years. She is the owner of PR consultancy The Goods, and CMO at startup InnerSpace, and a curator of content for the modern community, Novel and the Novel Evenings book club.