Bridge to Gender Equality Project

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Do you want to impact your workplace environment? How about addressing gender bias norms in the workplace? Do you want to be part of the change process (of policies) in creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace? 


The purpose of the 32 month pan-Canadian federally funded project is to support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of Covid 19 through systematic change. The Bridge to Gender Equality project will be researching organizations and community groups from across Canada to address harmful gender norms which prevent women from getting into leadership positions and achieving equal pay. 













The Bridge to Gender Equality Project has been funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada, created and managed by the Women in Leadership Foundation

Project Objectives

  • To empower and encourage women to apply for leadership roles and employers will support and increase women in leadership roles. 

  • To increase women’s labour market participation and opportunities by working with employers to create & amend policies and procedures and address gender biases to support more women applying for leadership and decision-making positions. 

  • To address how to support women whose careers have been displaced due to the Pandemic.

  • Creating and implementing new policies, procedures and HR frameworks that support inclusivity, diversity and equity for women in leadership roles.

  • Creating actionable and accessible resources and tool kits so that employers, organizations and companies have the necessary resources to integrate new policy changes to their DEI practices. 


What are we going to achieve by the end of the project?

The project team is aiming to have organizations integrate and adopt the recommendations and policies identified based on the research collected from various stakeholders such as individuals along with the Advisory Committee, Organizations, Community Groups, Employers, and Industry Groups.

The Bridge to Gender Equality Project has been funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada, created and managed by the Women in Leadership Foundation

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Making a positive difference

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Partership Team
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Meet The Team


Denise Young, MAct, Bmgt

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Project Leader

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Michelle Negreiff, B.A.

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Project Coordinator

How to Participate?

How can you participate in this project? Organizations, employers, employees, individuals and community groups can participate in this research by:

  • Bridge to Gender Equality General Survey is now closed. Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the survey.

  • Act as a change agent on organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies by:

Sign up if you are part of an organization that is looking to start or review their Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Policy. 

To sign up, please email Michelle at

Advisory Committee Members

We identified 20+ members to participate in the Bridge to Gender Equality Project. We selected individuals with various perspectives, different regions and different industries/communities/organizations. 

EDI Expert Members:

Dr. Candy Khan, Canden Consulting

Jessica Vandernberghe, Guiding Star Consulting


Employer/Industry Members:

Ashley DeLuca, Kiewit

Chantha Nhem, Nokia

Heather van Munster, IBM

Kimberley Messer, IG Wealth-IGM Financial

Kaleigh MacDonald, Cenovus

Nawal Khokhar, CGI

Paula Quinn, KF Aerospace

Rayna Oryniak, Calgary Women in Energy

Shaudia Ricketts, Kiewit 

Elaine Shigeishi, Shiseido

Dr. Soodeh Farokhi, Nakisa

Mayor Val van den Broek, City of Langley

Community Members:

Betty Mutwiri, BM Leadership Coaching and Consulting

Kristy Ware, Kristy Ware Consulting

Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid, Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology

Shaun Bosch, MacEwan University

Dr. Susan Murray, Clearpath Leadership

Sxwpilemaát Siyám, aka Chief Leanne Joe, Squamish Nation

Terminology & Training: 


50/30 Challenge:

The 50 - 30 Challenge (the Challenge) aims to promote voluntary action toward diversity on boards and/or in senior management. It invites organizations to participate and improve diversity and inclusion on their Canadian board of directors and/or senior management teams.  


The Challenge sets two goals for the boards and/or senior management of each participating organization: 

  • gender parity (50 percent) 

  • significant representation of under-represented groups (30 percent). Under-represented groups include visible minority persons, people living with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, which includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

For More Information go HERE


“Companies with more culturally and ethnically diverse executive teams were 33% more likely to see better-than-average profits.” 

Statistics Canada

“In 2018, 23.6% of Canada’s population is foreign-born – the highest proportion in the G8 countries.
The majority of this population lives in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta”

Ola Joseph

"Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness."