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01 Apr

Equity in Action: How do We Bring Equity to the Forefront of Policy?

April 1, 2019 | By |

Gender, Diversity and Public Policy presents its end-of-year conference featuring MPP Mitzie Hunter on April 15.

Equity in Action conference

Lip service to equity is all around us but this conference examines how equity conversations play out in the everyday actions of governments, NGOs and communities. How do we take concrete steps to advance equity together? How do we bring equity to the forefront of every policy area?

Join the Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative as we learn from and engage with experts from across the policy community.


9:00 – 9:30am – Coffee & Registration

9:30 – 10:30am – Opening remarks and moderated discussion featuring MPP Mitzie Hunter

10:40- 11:30am – Panel: Beyond Tokenism


  • Anjum Sultana, Manager of Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada
  • MP Jean Yip, Scarborough—Agincourt
  • Hadiya Roderique, Lawyer, Journalist, Rotman PhD Candidate

11:30-12:00 – Lunch

12:00 – 1:15pm – Breakout Sessions: Equity across Sectors

How do we create equity best practices in all policy areas? How do we learn from past mistakes and ensure accountability? In these interactive sessions, participants will work collaboratively on answering these questions with experts in the field. All participants will get a chance to attend two of the breakout sessions.


  • Dr. Stephanie Begun, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work
  • To be announced

Innovation & Tech

  • Diana Rivera, Economist, Brookfield Institute
  • Stacey Ivanchuk, Director, MaRS Innovation


  • Dr. Tresa Kramarz, Co-director, Environmental Governance Lab
  • Emmay Mah, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Urban Planning

  • Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, Associate Professor, Interim Graduate Program Director at the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Dr. Theresa Enright, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

1:15-1:30pm – Closing Remarks, Wrap up, Mix & Mingle

Register here.

Questions or accessibility requests? Please contact GDPP at

Canadiana Gallery 160 is wheelchair accessible, and there is an accessible all-gender bathroom directly outside the room.