What is Making Waves?

Making Waves is an inspiring, energizing and free event that encourages young women (14-19 years) to speak up and take action. It is created with and for young women, and planned and executed by a group of women who are diverse in age, ethnicity, discipline, background and experience.



“I had no idea my voice could be so powerful!
 Imagine if I had heard this message when I was going to university!”


This was the thought that popped into Hanita Simard’s head after experiencing an Informed Opinions’ session with Shari Graydon in September 2018. Inspired to take action herself, Hanita emailed Shari proposing a workshop for young women.

Then, with the help of her teenage daughter, Avery, she convened a cross-generational committee and together they created Making Waves.

The first event in April 2019 generated such incredible synergy among the 50 young women (open registration) and 20 adult women (invitation only), that we decided to do it again in 2020. Although the pandemic forced it online, it, too, was such an astonishing success that we are now planning to expand it. 


Making Waves, through its cross-generational and multi-disciplinary conversation about gender equality, is filling a significant void.  


Who will I meet at a Making Waves event?

  • 75 spots for young women aged 14-19
  • 20 adult women, aged 19 to retired, who care profoundly about gender equality and are eager to invest in young women to advance it by encouraging them to speak up and “Take the Mic” in a variety of ways


Who helps to make Making Waves happen?

Making Waves is free to participants, thanks to our generous sponsors, who include  Bennett Jones, The Calgary Foundation and ENMAX. The initiative received additional support from Keyera in 2019 and Axia in 2020.  The commitment of these organisations to Making Waves has enabled us to create an event to remind all women that they matter, and that what they say has value and is important for everyone to hear. It means we’re able to inspire and be inspired, that we can build a network and community to work together to advance gender equality.

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