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Julie Cafley is Vice-President at the Public Policy Forum, and has previously served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the University of Ottawa where she played a key role in enhancing the profile and visibility of the University. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa (along with her BA and BEd) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership. Julie is very passionate about the advancement of women in the workplace and has championed initiatives such as the University’s Women and Leadership Series and award nominations which help to improve the status of women on campus, encouraging them to seek out and obtain leadership positions.
Kathy English is the Toronto Star’s Public Editor, the paper’s reader advocate and guarantor of accuracy. She has reported and edited for the Hamilton Spectator, London Free Press, Toronto Sun, and the Globe and Mail. Kathy taught newspaper journalism at Ryerson School of Journalism for 10 years and launched websites for two Canadian media companies. She served five years on the board of the National Newspaper Awards. She holds a Masters degree in Canadian history.
Jane Griffith is Partner at Odgers Berndtson. With more than a decade of experience gained in executive search, Jane has worked with a broad range of clients across diverse industries, including: Academia, Not for Profit, Environmental, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and both the broader public and private sectors. Her clients include some of the most prominent not for profits, universities and colleges in Canada. Previously, Jane was Partner and Practice Leader of the Academic and Not For Profit Sector at Four Corners Group and has worked for three retainer-based executive search firms and founded Griffith Research, where she worked with a series of executive search companies located in Canada, the United States, Dubai and Australia. Before her career in executive search, Jane worked in the fundraising departments of the United Way of Greater Toronto, York University Foundation, and with not for profit consulting firm KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.). Jane is an active volunteer both locally and nationally. She is the Co-Chair of Marketing for Congress 2015 with AFP Toronto, a member of the Steering Committee for the 30 Percent Club Canada, the Founder of The Council of Women Executives, Vice-Chair of Clean Air Champions, a Founding Director of the Board of Directors for the Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement-Canada (APRA-Canada), former Chair of Perth Children’s House Montessori, and former Board Member of the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. Jane is also a frequent public speaker and has presented sessions with AFP at both Congress in Toronto and in Ottawa. Jane holds a BA, Honours in Legal History from the University of Calgary, a MA in Legal History from the University of Toronto, and she completed the course work for a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies focusing on the role of Emotional Intelligence and Lifelong Learning. Jane also holds the “Certified Researcher/Associate” (CRA) designation from the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) and serves as an Examiner for the Certified Researcher/Associate exams.
Andrea Hlady is the Manager of the Women’s Leadership Council for the United Way of Calgary and Area. Andrea has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge, AB and a Master’s of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her focus area is working with women on high impact and collaborative philanthropic investments. Andrea has been involved with non governmental agencies for 12 years and advises on how to increase the numbers and strength of women supporters to the organizations. In 2013, she founded the Women Pronghorns Basketball Endowment fund at the University of Lethbridge. Andrea currently sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for the Calgary and Area chapter.
April Lindgren is the founding director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. Prior to this she worked for more than 25 years as a political reporter, correspondent and editorial writer for the CanWest chain of newspapers. As a political reporter on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and then at Queen’s Park in Toronto, her print and on-line stories appeared in CanWest publications including the National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Windsor Star, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald. April has a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University and a diplôme in international relations from the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2005-2006 she was the St. Clair Balfour journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College, where her studies focused on urban issues. Her mystery novel, Headline: Murder, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis award for Best First Novel following its publication in 2008.
Kelly Nolan is a bilingual communications, marketing, and public affairs executive, with more than 12 years of experience in the education, health, economic development sectors including working closely with boards of directors, executives, government officials and elected officials, directing teams, and managing division and organizational budgets. Kelly has directed, developed and executed bold and innovative public relations, marketing, and communications strategies, including larger scale social media and internet marketing initiatives, membership and sponsorship programs for all knowledge economy sectors. She is an accomplished professional with a background in building positive relationships with senior government officials, external partners, executives, media, clients, external agencies, and internal team members.
Isabelle Perreault has been at the forefront of digital planning for over 15 years. As Vice-President, Digital Transformation for Stratford Managers Corporation, Isabelle works with leadership teams to develop a common vision for how the organization will leverage digital technology to improve business outcomes and the customer experience. She has used this passion and her deep expertise in enterprise digital strategies to develop the Digital Maturity AssessmentTM, a diagnostic tool to assess an organization’s digital readiness. Prior to joining Stratford, Isabelle was Director of Marketing and head of digital for Senators Sports and Entertainment (SSE). She is a member of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences sharing her expertise in business transformation and the impact of digital technology on consumer behaviour. Isabelle holds a BA in Communications with honours in New Media from the University of Ottawa. As a mother of three young girls, Isabelle firmly supports Informed Opinion’s mission and is passionate about amplifying women’s voices both in media and at the executive table.
Lisa Philipps is Associate Vice‐President Research at York University and a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is a leading socio‐legal scholar in the fields of tax law, fiscal policy, and feminist legal studies. In addition to her academic pursuits, Philipps is a regular media commentator on tax policy issues and has spoken and provided her expertise to a range of parliamentary committees. Lisa received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto and her LL.M. from York University. Lisa is passionate about communicating the value of research to society and was featured in the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations’ video campaign, “We Teach Ontario”, for her integration of research into teaching.
Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B. (Osgoode 1981), LL.M. (Columbia 1984), LL.D. –Honourary Doctorate awarded in recognition of contributions to women in the profession (LSUC 2005), was appointed to the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 1984 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995. She has also taught law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto as a Visiting Professor. She teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Sexual Assault Law, and Defending Battered Women on Trial. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987 and has been a member of the School of Graduate Studies since 1990. She held the Shirley Greenberg Professorship in Women and the Legal Profession from 2002-2005.
John Simpson holds a PhD (Alberta 2010) in philosophy based on research into rational behaviour using agent-based simulations. He is currently the Humanities & Social Sciences Specialist for Compute Canada and is leading development of a national strategy to engage these communities in High-Performance and Advanced Research Computing. Relatedly, he is the Canadian Coordinator for Software Carpentry, a regular instructor at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and ex officio member of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Executive. Outside of academia he is a manipulator of strings on screens, in hands, and on ukulele and banjo fret boards.