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The Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Minister Leitch will highlight the importance of hiring and promoting women in all sectors of the economy and will outline how increasing the number of women leaders within an organization, particularly on the corporate board, can improve overall performance. The Minister will discuss how the Government of Canada is supporting women in leadership roles and will encourage business leaders to foster supportive work environments that empower women to succeed.
The Honourable Kellie Leitch was elected to the House of Commons in May 2011. In July 2013, Dr. Leitch was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women. Previously, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour in May 2011. Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. She is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and has served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living. As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch served as council member on the National Research Council of Canada, was a board member of Genome Canada, a director on the YMCA of Greater Toronto board of directors, Vice President of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and founder of The Sandbox Project. Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. Dr. Leitch has been recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children, and in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in both medicine and business. Dr. Leitch lives in Clearview, Ontario.