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Covid-19 and Canadian Women: Mental Health, Money and Societal Shifts
One of the resounding battle cries heard throughout the pandemic is “We are all in this together”. While this is comforting to many people and politically attractive as a concept, it has been very clear from the outset that certain demographics have suffered disproportionately from the outset of Covid-19. The largest demographic to be hit hard is women, whether working on the front lines in multiple industries or seeing their workplaces close indefinitely with little hope of a comeback. The pandemic is also exacerbating challenges associated with childcare, mental health, and partner violence, with these challenges affecting women in countries around the world.
On July 29th, join five Canadian women who have thought a lot about these issues and what they mean to our country, our society and to women in particular. What are the real challenges going forward? What about marginalized women and those struggling with the impact of poverty, racism, substance abuse, and/or dysfunctional/toxic relationships? How will this pandemic impact Canadian women going forward?
This event offers a unique opportunity for Canadians to dive deeper into one of the most important issues of 2020 and how it is impacting Canada and the women who live here.
CEO & Founder, Wealthy Woman Warrior and Building Better Organizations; Gender Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and Learning Development Consultant
Andrea Carter is a Gender Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and Learning & Development
Consultant who uses neuroscience research to support human capital. She is the CEO &
Founder of Wealthy Woman Warrior and Building Better Organizations. She brings over 18
years of research and practical application to her training, public speaking and proven
methods that support leaders, and their teams, to produce good work despite high pressure
situations and imperfect conditions.
Andrea is best known for her ability to bridge the gaps by creating collaborative working
environments fuelled by human power. She is also highly recognized for helping women
advance their professional careers in male dominated industries.
Founder & Executive Director of DYLOTT (Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today)
Candies Kotchapaw is a community builder and networker, holding Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work from York University and a diploma in Child and Youth Work from George Brown College. While completing the Master program, Candies encountered systemic conditions that tried to prevent her from successfully completing the program. These forces included feelings of isolation in education, financial blocks, lack of mentorship and a sense that striving for greater was pointless. Candies found support in one faculty member who invested time and effort in developing her Major Research Project entitled, ‘The Politics of Social Work: Do Racialized Social Workers belong in the Practice Space of Public Policy Development?’
As a result of this work, Candies has been recognized as a changemaker, receiving the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada Award by Women of Influence Global, Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women by co-authors, Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, Dr. Denise O'Neil Green and Dauna Jones-Simmonds and Top 21 New Founders to Watch by Future of Good in 2020.
Elizabeth Naumovski has worked on Bay Street for over 20 years and is a well respected Financial Literacy advocate and a champion for women’s issues. Elizabeth comes from an immigrant background and is a first-generation Canadian. When her parents came to Canada, they taught her to save every penny and work hard for every dollar. She is creator and host of Finance Is Personal, a half-hour YouTube show on Financial Literacy geared towards women. Elizabeth is proud to be a Wealth Professional 2020 Award finalist for The Mackenzie Investments Award for Female Trailblazer of the Year. And she is honoured and extremely proud to be the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Wealth Professional IFSE Institute Award for Financial Literacy Champion. Elizabeth also has her Chartered Marketer (CM) designation from the Canadian Marketing Association.
Dr. Samantha Wells
Senior Director & Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH; Associate Professor, Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Samantha Wells is Senior Director and Senior Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is also an Associate Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She holds positions as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia.
President, Canadian Bar Association
Vivene A. Salmon is Vice-President, Country Compliance Manager, Global Banking and Markets
Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for regulatory change
management, privacy and global compliance support for the Canadian business. Vivene is a
Certified Information Privacy Professional and holds the designation CIPP/C from the
International Association of Privacy Professionals. Vivene completed her J.D. at the University
of Ottawa in 2009 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010.
Vivene is the President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and has served on its Board of
Directors since 2017. Vivene is the first visible minority and first female corporate counsel in
the over 100-year history of the organization to hold this position.