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Break the Bias: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

2022’s theme for International Women’s Day is “break the bias”, and we’re proud to represent a diverse group of women who, as leaders in their fields, use their platforms to enact positive change worldwide.

We’ve curated some of our most popular blog posts below that showcase the expertise that these women bring to every stage as keynote speakers. Their powerful, compelling, and informative talks leave audiences motivated and equipped to face the challenges of today and build a brighter tomorrow.

Entrepreneurship

Michele Romanow

Recommended reading — From Caviar to Clearco: How Michele Romanow Made It

Best recognized as a “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Michele Romanow flipped the venture capitalist industry to place power back into the hands of founders. She co-founded Clearco in 2016 to democratize access to capital and take bias out of investing. Clearco’s funding model is completely automated and data-driven, and, as a result, they have funded 25x more women-led companies than traditional funders.

Barb Stegemann

Recommended readingBusiness for Good: Barb Stegemann Affects Positive Change Through New Product Launch

In 2011, Barb Stegemann launched her company, The 7 Virtues, out of her garage, armed with only her personal credit card and a dream to help people rebuild in war-ridden countries. Today, The 7 Virtues is an award-winning social enterprise and clean perfume brand that sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Rwanda). It is a leader in the clean and conscious beauty movement and the #1 selling “Clean at Sephora” perfume brand in both the US and Canada.

In celebration of International Women’s Day in 2022, Barb launched a new product in partnership with Days for Girls to shatter stigma and limitations for women and girls worldwide by tackling period poverty.

Meet more inspiring female entrepreneurs:

Zahra Al-Harazi

Zahra Al-Harazi
Purpose-Driven Leadership Expert

Erin Bury

Erin Bury
Co-Founder and CEO, Willful  Tech Expert | Startup Fanatic

Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths
Founder and CEO, Knix

Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Recommended reading Medical Trailblazer Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa Named to Maclean’s 2022 Power List

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is upending racism in medicine while blazing a path forward for a new generation of doctors. After being the only Black medical student of her graduating class, Chika has become a vocal advocate for improving disparities in healthcare and confronting institutional discrimination. She was recognized as one of Maclean’s Power 50 in 2022 as a medical trailblazer.

Currently a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto, Chika draws on her clinical experience to share insight into mental health and wellness, especially as it affects racialized populations.

Dr. Shimi Kang

Recommended readingDr. Shimi Kang’s Five Tips for Managing Stress and Loneliness

In the lead-up to Bell Let’s Talk Day this year, Dr. Shimi Kang joined CTV’s Your Morning to share five coping strategies to better manage stress and sadness, especially during challenging times. She draws on her 20+ years of clinical experience to provide science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace and at home.

Meet more inspiring mental health and wellness speakers:

Dr. Lisa Belanger

Dr. Lisa Bélanger
Behavioural Change Expert | Researcher

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley Dafoe
Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes
Celebrated Comedian | Mental Health Advocate

Future of Work

Sinead Bovell

Recommended readingSinead Bovell’s New WIRED Series Explores How Tech is Changing Our World

Futurist Sinead Bovell believes if we want to get our future with technology right, everyone needs to be a part of the conversation. In partnership with WIRED magazine, she’s launched a new YouTube series that dives deep into how technology is changing our world — the opportunities, the red flags, and everything in between — so we can all learn and prepare for what’s next.

Amber Mac

Recommended readingAmber Mac: The 2022 (Mostly Business) Survival Guide

Innovation expert Amber Mac outlines the new thinking and action necessary to not only survive but thrive in our new world of predictable unpredictability. Her 2022 (mostly business) survival guide explores three key areas of focus — digital discipline, purpose prioritization, and workplace wellness — needed to build future-ready businesses.

Meet more future of work experts:

Lital Marom

Lital Marom
Innovation Strategist and Visionary

Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant
Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Takara Small
Award Winning Technology Journalist and Podcaster

Global Affairs and Politics

Janice Gross Stein

Recommended reading“A Shift in the World Order”: Geopolitical Expert Discusses Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

The founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto, Professor Janice Gross Stein recently shared her insight into Russia’s devastating attack on Ukraine. She shared why this invasion marked a shift in the world order and its impact on the future of global security.

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Recommended readingCOVID-19: Where Do We Go from Here with Dr. Samantha Nutt

A medical doctor and founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, Dr. Samantha Nutt has been on the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises. She is a leading authority on current affairs, public health, war, international aid, and foreign policy.

Samantha joined us for a virtual Q&A as part of our Virtual Speaker Series, where she answered audience-provided questions about the pandemic, from vaccine effectiveness and Omicron to mental health and what happens next.

Meet more of our global issues experts:

Rona Ambrose

The Hon. Rona Ambrose
Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate

Jody Wilson-Raybould

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Hosts and Entertainers

Canada’s got talent, and we’re lucky to work with so many iconic Canadian entertainers and television personalities. They bring their enthusiasm to every stage as hosts and performers, guaranteeing a rollicking good time for every audience.

Jann Arden

Jann Arden
Renowned Musician |
Bestselling Author

Jessi Cruickshank

Jessi Cruickshank
Television Personality

Kellylee Evans

Kellylee Evans
Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter

Andrea Bain

Andrea Bain
News Anchor | TV Host | Podcaster

Tracy Moore

Tracy Moore
Host, Cityline

Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder
Juno Award-Winning Musician

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