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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? 


BTGE Survey Findings from 417 respondents:














Want to know more about this research? Want access to our policy guidebook?


Transform your workplace and be part of the change!

Bridge to Gender Equality Project: Transforming the Workplace Report.



Women in Leadership Policy Guidebook - Coming Soon!

Please contact Michelle Negreiff for questions at 

This project is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada and managed by WIL. This is a 30-month pan-Canadian project which will support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of Covid 19 through systemic change. The research phase is completed and the project team is now reaching out to mid to large organizations who want to have access to our report and policy toolkit to shift harmful gender norms which prevent women from getting into leadership positions and achieving equal pay.

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Project Objectives

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

  • To increase women’s labour market participation and opportunities by working for employers to create and 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.

Meet The Team

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Sxwpilemaát Siyám, aka Chief Leanne Joe

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Project Leader

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Michelle Negreiff, B.A.

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Project Coordinator


Annabella Feeny, MSc.

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Project Assistant

Advisory Committee Members

Bridge to Gender Equality Project Advisory Committee are individuals with various perspectives, from different regions, different industries/communities/organizations and who all have a passion for wanting to make organizations more diverse, inclusive and equitable​.

Sxwpilemaát Siyám, aka Chief Leanne Joe (Squamish), Advisory Committee Chair

Michelle Negreiff, Advisory Committee Administrator

EDI Expert Members:

Dr. Candy Khan, Canden Consulting

Jessica Vandernberghe, Guiding Star Consulting


Employer/Industry Members:

Alexa Creelman, CGI
Heather van Munster, IBM

Kimberley Messer, IG Wealth-IGM Financial

Kaleigh MacDonald, Shell

Rayna Oryniak, Calgary Women in Energy

Shaudia Ricketts, Kiewit 

Elaine Shigeishi, Shiseido

Dr. Soodeh Farokhi, Nakisa

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


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."

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