Women in Leadership in the Canadian Public Sector

EAST: Monday, November 1, 2021 (12:00-2:45pm ET)
WEST: Thursday, November 4, 2021 (9:00-11:15am PT)

Your Roadmap to Leadership Excellence

Women in the public sector have been trailblazing, accelerating change, pushing past barriers, and cultivating skills and confidence, all while supporting other women and creating better opportunities for advancement.  By forging the path to more diverse and more innovative leadership, a better outcome is achieved through more informed decision making, a more relatable and connected Public Sector, and a more satisfactory work environment for all. 

Recent reports have highlighted the importance of women in leadership roles, necessary to achieve an inclusive and more accountable public administration. Although considerable progress has been made towards advancing gender equality, there is still more work to be done. How do we break the prevailing systemic barriers to advancement? What role can our counterparts play to ensure women are not being held back by glass ceilings and denied equitable outcomes? What lessons and practical advice can today’s leading women public sector leaders to pass on to tomorrow’s rising stars? 

Back for its 4th year, the Public Sector Network’s Women in Leadership Series 2021 brings together passionate leaders from across the sector, sharing inspirational insights and relevant advice for progressing into leadership roles, ensuring the conversation continues for lasting change, and providing insights and opportunities for greater career development and growth.  

Your Expert Speakers

EAST: Monday, November 1st, 2021WEST: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Donna Achimov

Donna Achimov
Chief Compliance Officer

Ava Czapalay

Ava Czapalay
Deputy Minister, Office of Immigration and Population Growth and Chief Executive Officer
Government of Nova Scotia

Vidya ShankarNarayan

Vidya ShankarNarayan
Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Christiana Cavazzoni

Christiana Cavazzoni
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy CIO
Department of National Defence

Renu Kulendran

Renu Kulendran
Deputy Minister
Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Debbie Higgins
Deputy Fire Chief
City of Toronto

Omo Akintan
Chief People Officer
City of Toronto

Dr. Wendy Cukier
Founder, Diversity Institute; Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Marie-Christine Legault
Head of Canada

Mai Nguyen
Head of Government Relations & Public Policy, Canada

Ashley Hemsworth Manco
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Grace Lore
Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity
Government of British Columbia

Hon. Katrina Chen
Minister of State for Child Care
Government of British Columbia

Nillam Jetha

Nilam Jetha
ADM, Status of Women and Strategic Integration
Government of Alberta

Hon. Mobina S.B Jaffer
Senator for British Columbia
Senate of Canada

Romy Bowers
President & CEO
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Angela Cooke
Associate Deputy Minister, Housing, Construction Standards, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism
Government of British Columbia

Mai Nguyen
Head of Government Relations & Public Policy, Canada

Marie-Christine Legault
Head of Canada

Lynette Estrada
VP, Global Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding

Ashley Hemsworth Manco
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Bettina Koblick
Chief People Officer

Key Takeaways

A must-attend event for public sector organisations looking to:

Discuss innovative, collaborative and actionable strategies that can help you prepare your organization for evolving workplace models 
Explore key challenges and trends shaping the future of work and the new areas of growth for your organization 

Understand how you can harness the power of data and technology to drive employee productivity, engagement and efficiency 


WEST: Thursday, November 4, 2021EAST: Monday, November 1st, 2021
  • 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

    Welcome from PSN

  • 9:05am PT /12:05pm ET

    Opening Keynote

  • 9:15am PT / 12:15pm ET

    Opening Remarks from the Chair: Speak Up, Stand Up, Show Up, & Tool UP!

  • 9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET

    Platinum Partner Keynote: Your Roadmap to Excellence

  • 9:45am PT / 12:45am ET

    Government Keynote: Becoming a More Impactful and Inclusive Leader in Times of Transformation and Change

  • 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

    Spotlight Session: Breaking Down Barriers: Improving Leadership Representation for Women from Diverse Backgrounds

  • 10:15am PT / 1:15pm ET


  • 10:20am PT / 1:20pm ET

    Gold Partner Spotlight: It’s Time to Automate HR

  • 10:35am PT / 1:35pm ET

    Panel Discussion: Creating a Culture of Allyship to Accelerate Gender Equality

  • 11:15am PT / 1:15pm ET

    Closing Remarks from the Chair & End of session

  • 9:00am PT

    Welcome from PSN

  • 9:05am PT

    Opening Remarks from the Chair

  • 9:20am PT

    Opening Keynote: Improving Leadership Representation for Women from Diverse Backgrounds

  • 9:35am PT

    Platinum Partner Keynote: Roadmap to Leadership Excellence

  • 9:50am PT

    Keynote Session: Seizing the Right Opportunities to Empower your Own Roadmap to Excellence

  • 10:05am PT

    Keynote Session: Becoming a More Impactful and Inclusive Leader in Times of Transformation and Change

  • 10:20am PT


  • 10:25am PT

    Gold Partner Spotlight: Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Up & Tool Up!

  • 10:40am PT

    Panel Discussion: Driving Opportunities to Improve Gender Representation in a Vast Multiracial and Diverse City

  • 11:10am PT

    Closing Remarks from the Chair & End of session


What’s included in your registration:

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and exploring how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology Solutions

Hear  from solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content after the conference on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

Complimentary for public sector employees only *

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