Over the years, the Standing Committees have had excellent speakers representing their organizations and their views.

March 25, 2017

Morning Plenary and PM Session hosted by Education Committee
TOPIC: Early Learning and Childcare
SPEAKER: Shannon Fuller, acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division, Ministry of Education

Legislation Committee
TOPIC: Act Locally. Advocating at the Municipal Level.
SPEAKER: Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis

Status of Women & Human Rights
TOPIC: United Nations Commission of the Status of Women (UNCSW):  61st Session:  Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work: Impressions, Influence, Importance
SPEAKERS:  Teri Shaw, Ontario Council Advocacy Co-Coordinator, Sandy Thomson, Ontario Council President, Kathryn Wilkinson, Vice-President, Education, CFUW National, Dr. Sharon Crabb, Vice-President, Advocacy, CFUW National.

January 21, 2017

Morning Plenary and PM Session hosted by Legislation Committee and Status of Women & Human Rights

Topic: Gender Wage Gap
Speakers: Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition and  Doris Mae Oulton, Past President, CFUW for Linda Davis, Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee
Education Committee
Topic: The Road to Wage Equity, A University Example
Speaker: Dr. Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloothe Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group. 

September 24, 2016

Morning Plenary and PM Session hosted by Status of Women & Human Rights
Topic: Current status of women’s safety from gender-based violence and harassment on post-secondary campuses & society with suggestions for future action
Speaker: Professor Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga

Education Committee:
Topic: It Takes a Village: Supporting student well-being using a collective impact model
Speakers: Jessica Outram, Principal at Colborne Public School in Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB and Chantell Tunney, President of Impact Matters: Social leadership for Strong Communities

Legislation Committee
Topic: Legislation and Policy 101: How to Find what You Want – How to use What you Find
Speakers: Sheila Lacroix, Chair, Legislation Committee and Teri Shaw, Chair, Advocacy

March 12, 2016

Joint Morning Plenary and PM Session hosted by Legislation
Topic:  Refugee Crises: The Challenging Road to Resettlement
Speakers:  Dr. Secil Ertorer  Dr. Branka Agic

Education Committee
Topic: Reconciliation through Education
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Status of Women and Human Rights Committee   
Topic: Social Justice and Human Rights: Fundamentals of Real Change in Society 
Speaker: Mohini Athia is Director of Communications at COPA

January 23 2016

Education Host for Plenary
Topic: Supporting Student Learning-Ontario's Health and Physical Education Curriculum
Speakers: Myra Stephen, Education Officer, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch,Ministry of Education; Anne Facey, Health and Physical Education Teacher, St. Mary's HS, Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Status of Women & Human Rights Committee
Topic: Women and Leadership: Overcoming the "Imposter Syndrome" 
Speaker: Janet Siddall, Retired Diplomat

Legislation Committee   
Topic: Strengthening the Retirement Income System: The Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) - Update and Discussion
Speaker: Stephanie Woodward, Executive Director, Pension Innovation and Research Centre, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

September 26, 2015

Status of Women & Human Rights Host
Topic: Bridges Out of Poverty
Speaker: Elaine Weir, Bridges Facilitator & Circles Coach

AFTERNOON sessions
Topic: Protecting Water Quality in Ontario
Speaker: Erica Stahl, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

TopicMeasuring What Matters: A New Way of Thinking about Skills
Speaker: David Cameron

March 22, 2014

Speakers:  Dr. Alexia Jaouich, and Josina Vink
Topic:  Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Families through Service Collaboratives.

Education:  Jennifer Brant whose topic was "Cultural Identity Formation and Holistic Support for Learning: An Overview of the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program at Brock University

Legislation: Luciana Rodrigues and Jill Shakespeare on the topic of Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Families through Service Collaboratives--continuing the discussion.

Status of Women and Human Rights: 
Charlene Catchpole, cancelled. Topic was to be Make it Out Business: Raising awareness of violence in the workplace.    Held a round table discussion of club advocacy activities.

January 25, 2014

Speakers: Dr. Julian Kitchen and Dr. Diana Petrarca
Topic: the coming changes to teacher education and to the technological changes in the classroom.

Education: Dr. Diana Petrarca with Dr. Julian Kitchen Ontario Teachers for a Changing World-Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Legislation:  Women in the Boardroom: Room for Improvement
Speaker: Mary Condon, Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and professor of securities law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Status of Women and Human Rights:  Barbara Kilbourn, spoke on her work with the Ontario Women’s Health Network, specifically, Our Words, Our Health

September 28, 2013

Speaker: Alia Hogben, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)

Education: Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Brock University spoke on the topic of Poverty and Education.  “Poverty and Schooling-Narrative Reveal, Revelation and Reformation

Legislation:  Michelle Chibba, Director, Policy and Special Projects, Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office of Ontario, (IP

Status of Women and Human Rights:  Alia Hogben joined the group in the afternoon for part of the afternoon, asking, “How do we assess ourselves and how do we count our successes?”

March 16, 2013

Topic: Human Trafficking, "Control, Exploitation, Profits,”
Speakers: Karlee Anne Sapoznik, BAH, MA, PhD Candidate (Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto); Aura Burditt, Chair of the London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee (LAHT); Loly Rico, President of Canadian Council of Refugees (CCR),

Topic: Mathematics Curriculum K-12
Speaker: Mary Jean Gallagher, Student Achievement Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education for Ontario

Topic: Immigration in Ontario “Building the Brain Trust”
Speaker: Indira Naidoo-Harris Communication Director Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Status of Women and Human Rights
Topic: Continuing Discussion on Human Trafficking:
Presentations by: Karlee Sapoznik, Loly Rico, Aura Burditt and Stan Burditt

January 19, 2013

Topic: Student College /University Math Preparedness 
Speakers: Cheryl Jensen, Panel Moderator, Vice President Academic, Mohawk College; Laurel Schollen, Director, College Achievement Project, Seneca College; Mike Jancik, Director, Research, Evaluation and Capacity Building Branch, Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education (MOE); Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister, Postsecondary Education Division, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities ( MTCU); Carol Carruthers, Professor, Mathematics/Coordinator, Applied Science and Technology Certificate Program, Seneca College

Topic: Student College /University Math Preparedness 
Speakers: Laurel Schollen and Carol Carruthers

Topic: Beginning Conversations on Financial Literacy 
Speaker: Janice Napp (CFUW Orillia) presented a workshop derived from UWC-Montreal’s 2009 AGM resolution on Financial Literary. 

Status of Women & Human Rights
Topic: Recruiting and retaining women in occupations in trades, technology and sciences
Speakers: Mary Ferguson of Eko Nomos, Joanna Belajac (Simcoe County Women in Trades) and Lorraine McDowell; Film: Standing on Her Shoulders.

September 29, 2012

Topic: Transitioning of Youth in Foster Care
Speaker: Irwin Elman, Ontario’s first Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Topic: Universal Early Learning and Child Care
Speaker: Martha Friendly, founder and Executive Director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, University of Toronto

Topic: Youth in Care
Speakers: Wendy Hayes, one of the Youth Leads, and Jurgen Reyes, active member on the Ministry Working Group, Ministry of Children and Youth Minister

Topic: Women's Coalitions

Speakers: Liz Simpson and Barb Spronk, CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo, Women’s Group Network of Kitchener Waterloo and Area; Anne Douglas, CFUW Oakville, Advancement of Women Halton

March 17, 2012

Topic: Wage Gaps and Pay Equity in Ontario
Speaker: Emanuela Heyninck,, Commissioner of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission

Topic: When Communications Go Awry: The Impact of Intangible Culture on Cross-Cultural Interactions.
Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Gaver

January 21, 2012

Topic: Impact of Climate Change on Mental Health
Speaker: Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, PhD candidate in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph

Topic: A discussion on grief and mourning with respect to climate change
Presenter: Ashlee Cunsolo Willox

Topic: Mental Illness
Presenter: Christine Cooper, executive director of FAME (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere)

September 24, 2011

Topic: Election Issues
Sheela Subramanian, a policy analyst with the Canadian Mental Health Association, is a member of the Elections Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committee
Andrea Calver is coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, an advocacy group working for universal, affordable child care
Nora Loreto, formerly chair of the Ryerson University Students’ Union, and now Communications and Government Relations Coordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario

Topic: The effects of labor disruptions in Colleges and Universities
Presenter: Nora Loreto, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Students—Ontario (CFS-O)

Topic: Equal Voice
Presenter: Dr. Lesley Byrne

March 19, 2011

Topic: Financial Literacy
Speaker: Greg Pollock, Task Force on Financial Literacy

Topic: Schools as Community Hubs
Presenter: John Campey, Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto

Topic: Women in prison
Presenter: Kim Pate, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society

January 22, 2011

Topic: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D., Aboriginal Studies, University of Toronto
Shelia Burns, Past Chair, FASD Ontario Network of Expertise

Topic: Implementation of the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program
Presenter: Dolores Cascone, Education Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Education and Child Care Implementation Branch

Topic: Provincial initiatives on water, and water stewardship
Presenter: Carolyn Day (CFUW-Southport)

Topic: Experiences of being an immigrant women in Canada
Presenter: Sabina Ali, Program Coordinator for the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Women’s Committee

October 2, 2010

Topic: Sexual Violence from Horror to Healing
Rhea Pretsell, President of CFUW Belleville & District and the Ontario Council Chair of the Status of Women and Human Rights Committee presented her paper entitled Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War: The Case in the Congo.
Jacqueline Benn-John, Executive Director of the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton, and the president of the Ontario Coalition for Rape Crisis Centres
Kim Charlebois, the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte & District

March 13, 2010

Topic: Family Court Process and its Need for Reform
Speaker: Pamela Cross, lawyer, consultant, activist

January 16, 2010

Topic: Pascal Report on Early Childhood Learning
Andrea Calver, co-coordinator of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Susan Swackhammer, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

September 26, 2009

Topic: Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) Why were they established? How do community members measure the success of their local LHIN?
Speaker: Juanita Gledhill, Chair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network

March 14, 2009

Topic: HIV/AIDS Curriculum and the Schools
Speaker: Christine Fortin, Founder, Patrick 4 Life

Topic: Family Violence Project Waterloo Region
Pamela Mank, Coordinator

January 24, 2009

Topic: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Chair, Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction
Jacquie Maund, Coordinator, Ontario Campaign 2000

Topic: Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Beverly Boudreau, President CFUW St. Catharines, Member, Brock University Accessibility Committee

September 27, 2008

Topic: Religious Arbitration Revisited- Changes in Family Law; Family Law Education for Women. Where do we go from here?
Pamela Cross, lawyer, consultant, activist

March 8, 2008

Topic: Still Ain’t Satisfied: Equity And Female Athletes
Laura Robinson, author, playwright, journalist, athlete and coach

January 19, 2008

Topic: Aboriginal Education and Culture from Pre-school to Post-secondary Graduation
Elizabeth Bigwin, Aboriginal Education Office, Ministry of Education
Lu Ann Hill, Aboriginal Institutes Consortium - presentation

September 15, 2007

Topic: The Ontario Election: Women Candidates' Perspective
Liz Couture, Green Party candidate, President of her Constituency Association
Catherine Fife, New Democratic Party candidate, CFUW member
Pamela Taylor, first Progressive Conservative candidate for the new Toronto Centre riding
The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Liberal candidate and Minister of Education

Topic: HPV Immunization Program
Margaret McGovern, formerly CFUW National Director, Status of Women and Human Rights

Topic: Woman Abuse
Vivien Green, who was the Director of Toronto Woman Abuse Council for 16 years, now with the School of Social Work, Ryerson University

Topic: Canadian Federation of Students
Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).

Topic: an update on water issues
Carolyn Day, water representative, CFUW Ontario Council

March 3, 2007

Topic: The Reform of Ontario's Electoral System: Saviour or Threat to Democracy?
Graham White, PhD., Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Topic: Education, People for Education and the Upcoming Election
Annie Kidder, People for Education

Topic: Ontario’s Rape Crisis Centres
Marilyn Oladimeji, President, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres

January 13, 2007

Topic: Creating Healthy Communities through Education
Sue Sigurdson, EdD, R.S.W, Program Director, Pathways to Education
Lucy Di Carlo, Ontario Provincial Coordinator, Roots of Empathy

Topic: Maintaining Public Health Care
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition

September 16, 2006

Topic: Early Childhood Education and Childcare - Policy & Advocacy

Gordon H. Cleveland, economist, professor, Division of Management, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Elizabeth Ablett, Executive Director, Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare

March 4, 2006

Topic: The High School Drop Out Rate and the Safe Schools Act: A Panel Discussion
Selwyn Pieters, lawyer
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph-Wellington, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services responsible for the Safe Schools Act Review

January 14, 2006

Topic: Making Women Safer and Emergency Management
Tracey Croft, Emergency Management Coordinator, Dufferin County
Dr. Joni Seager, Dean of Environmental Studies, York University

Topic: Chaoulli v. Quebec update
Dr. Colleen Flood, associate professor of law, University of Toronto

Topic: Freedom to Read
Gabriele Lundeen, former CEO of the Toronto Public Library and CEO of the Southern Ontario Library System

September 17, 2005

Topic: Will Tomorrow be better? A Discussion about Women and Violence
Pam Cross, Legal Director, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children (METRAC)
Eileen Morrow, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses
Ciara Adams, Amnesty International

March 5, 2005

Topic: Public Education Today
Kathleen Wynne, MPP Don Valley West, Parliamentary Assistant to Gerard Kennedy, Minister of Education
Annie Kidder of People for Education

January 15, 2005

Topic: Arbitration Act Panel
The Hon. Marion Boyd, Chair, Arbitration Act Review Committee 2004, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Ontario, 1993-1995
Prof. Annie Bunting, Law and Society Program, York University
Nuzhat Jafri, Canadian Council of Muslim Women

September 18, 2004

Topic: Women and Elections
Chi Nguyen, Young Women Vote 2004: The 20,000 Project
Peggy Nash, Assistant to the President, Canadian Auto Workers Union
Darla Campbell, National President, Business and Professional Women of Canada

March 6, 2004

Topic: Election Reform
Nathalie DesRosiers, President, Law Commission of Canada

January 17, 2004

Topic: Access to Universities
Erika Shaker, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin, Director of Canadian Studies, University of Toronto
Charles C. Smith, Equity Advisor, Canadian Bar Association

Topic: Municipalities Today
Ann Mulvale, Mayor of Oakville, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario

September 20, 2003

Topic: Women in Politics
Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP St. Paul's
Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin, Director of Canadian Studies, University of Toronto
Carol Price, campaign manager, Ontario Liberals, Halton riding

May 10, 2003

Kathy Greiner, member, Ottawa Transition Board, past Chair, Nepean Hydro Commission
Mary Cunningham, Ontario Coalition for Mandatory Parenting Education

January 18, 2003

Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Dr. Gail McVey, Registered Psychologist, Chair of the Body Image Coalition of Peel

Sepember 21, 2003

Doris Anderson, President, Fair Vote Canada
Dr. Sylvia Novac