Graduate Showcase

The women and gender-diverse individuals with informed opinions that we’ve trained, inspired or supported have published hundreds of commentaries in daily newspapers and prominent online sites, generating additional interview requests and exposure as a result. Here are just some of the analyses they’ve contributed as a result:


Hollywood letters of support for Danny Masterson demonstrate the pervasiveness of myths about rape culture

The Conversation by Meredith Ralston 17 September 2023

Hollywood actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are in hot water after their letters of support for their friend and former co-star, Danny Masterson, were made public. 


Pay equity is good for everyone – let’s make it a reality

Talent Canada by Julie Cafley and Katie Ward 14 September 2023

International Equal Pay Day, recognized by the United Nations and observed on September 18, acknowledges the crucial need for society to address ongoing efforts to achieve equal pay for equal work. 


Canada is still ignoring the basic human rights of its citizens held in northeast Syria

The Ottawa Citizen by Senator Kim Pate, Alex Neve, Scott Heatherington and Hadayt Nazami 08 September 2023

“What I want is to be able to tell my story, my true story, somewhere I can speak freely without fear or duress.”


Marching to Ottawa for neglected and murdered Indigenous men: One family’s fight for justice grows

The Conversation by Michelle Stewart 29 August 2023

Summer in Canada means highways filled with tourists and travellers.


Child care also an austerity victim

The Winnipeg Free Press by Susan Prentice and Jesse Hajer 29 August 2023

A recently renewed federal-provincial child-care announcement and Manitoba billboards promoting $10/day child care create the perception that the province of Manitoba has increased funding and support for child care.


Aging with a healthy brain: How lifestyle changes could help prevent up to 40% of dementia cases

The Conversation by Stefanie Tremblay 22 August 2023

A 65-year-old woman repeatedly seeks medical help for her failing memory. 


Why Canada needs to charge citizens who left to join the Islamic State

The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 22 August 2023

Over the course of the past few months, Canada has repatriated a number of Canadian women from Kurdish-run refugee camps in Syria.


The ‘Native Speaker’ Fallacy

Inside Higher Ed by Kino Zhao 18 August 2023

We need to stop telling our students to have their essays checked by a native English speaker.


Synthetic human embryos could allow for research beyond the 14-day limit, but this raises ethical questions

The Conversation by Françoise Baylis & Jocelyn Downie 25 July 2023

On June 14, 2023, developmental biologist Magdalena Żernicka-Goetz presented her research on creating human embryos using stem cells at the 2023 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).


An examination of Canada’s record on global vaccine equity is overdue

The Globe and Mail by Adam Houston, Joanne Liu, Roojin Habibi & Srinivas Murthy 25 July 2023

To learn the right lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada must have the courage to unreservedly examine its record on global vaccine equity.


How Canada’s first national cycling map will benefit both riders and public planners

The Conversation by Meghan Winters, Colin Ferster & Karen Laberee 25 July 2023

Cycling in Canada has been experiencing a great boom in recent years and a national map of cycling infrastructure is critical to allow Canadians to determine where they have access to safe and comfortable facilities and routes.


Fewer students are enrolling in environmental studies – how do we stop this trend?

The Globe and Mail by Sarah Wolfe & Steve Grundy 14 July 2023

Climate change endangers our ecosystems, economies and health. 


It’s time for B.C. government to stand with patients like Sam O’Neill

The Province by Jocelyn Downie & Daphne Gilbert 07 July 2023

Sam O’Neill, a young woman dying of inoperable terminal cancer, requested medical assistance in dying (MAiD).


The Toronto we want: we can all win when immigrant women lead

The Toronto Star by Anjum Sultana, Victoria Kuketz & Ramina Ghassemi 02 July 2023

More than 500,000 votes.


Danielle Smith’s new cabinet looks spectacularly unrepresentative of Alberta residents

The Globe and Mail by Susan Franceschet 02 July 2023

Alberta’s new cabinet looks a lot like the reductive stereotypes often associated with the province – namely, that it’s populated mostly by rural, white men. 


The stabbing attack at the University of Waterloo underscores the dangers of polarizing rhetoric about gender

The Conversation by Shana MacDonald & Alysia Kolentsis 30 June 2023

In the wake of the recent stabbing attack on a University of Waterloo professor and two students in a philosophy of gender course, we need to talk about the profound power words have to shape our world.


How Indigenous economic development corporations can support a just, low-carbon energy transition

The Conversation by Christina Hoicka & Matthew Foss 26 June 2023

There are over 50,000 Indigenous businesses in Canada today. 


Here’s How BC Should Protect Gig Workers

The Tyee by Iglika Ivanova & Jim Stanford 22 June 2023

The last decade has seen the rapid expansion of new business models in numerous industries, which engage workers to provide services through on-demand digital platforms.


Speeding up gender parity in politics

The Hamilton Spectator by Susan Franceschet & Jennifer Piscopo 22 June 2023

The Alberta election has come and gone.


Policy Options by Catherine Xhardez & Mireille Paquet 22 June 2023

The Quebec government presented new immigration guidelines in the spring, and within them the message was clear: language is now an ironclad condition for permanent settlement in the province.


Why Canada needs to end ban on migrant sex work

The Toronto Star by Crystal Laderas 17 June 2023

It’s time to have the uncomfortable sex talk with the Canadian government.


Canada’s terrorism laws have finally started expanding their definition

The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 09 June 2023

On June 6, in a landmark ruling, a young man who killed one woman and injured another three years ago in a Toronto massage parlour was found guilty of terrorism.


To stabilize Canada’s economy, start with a guaranteed liveable income

The Hill Times by Senator Kim Pate 08 June 2023

England is the latest in a growing number of countries to launch a guaranteed liveable basic income trial.


Intergenerational Day: How bringing different generations together can support our mental well-being

The Conversation by Jason Proulx, John Helliwell & Lara Aknin 01 June 2023

“You old bag!”


Focusing on consent ignores better ways of preventing sexual violence

The Conversation by Nicole Jeffrey 29 May 2023

In early May, a New York jury found Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing the writer E. Jean Carroll in 1996.


Hidden tailings leak reveals ongoing environmental racism in Canada

Canada’s National Observer by Ojistoh Horn, Naomi Trick & Jane McArthur 23 May 2023

“It is clear that the community is suffering from decades of environmental racism and generational trauma.”


Feds should not waste their $15-billion Canada Growth Fund on carbon capture for oil

The Globe and Mail by Laura Cameron & Angela Carter 22 May 2023

The $15-billion Canada Growth Fund, emphasized in the 2023 federal budget and aimed at accelerating decarbonization, is a landmark opportunity to align substantial climate action with a thriving national economy.


Canada’s Modern Slavery Act is the start — not the end — of efforts to address the issue in supply chains

The Conversation by Kam Phung & Genevieve LeBaron 16 May 2023

On May 3, Canada passed legislation aimed at addressing modern slavery — a term that typically encompasses forced labour, bonded labour and child labour — in supply chains.


Learning from COVID-19: The global health emergency has ended. Here’s what is needed to prepare for the next one

The Conversation by Julianne Piper and Kelley Lee 14 May 2023

When the World Health Organization formally declared an end to the COVID-19 pandemic’s designation as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), it may seem to have had little, if any, perceivable impact on the daily lives of most people.


Celebrating moms: How we can support, empower working mothers to thrive in the workplace

Talent Canada by Julie Cafley 12 May 2023

At a recent Catalyst event, a speaker told an anecdote of a mom working from home during March school break and juggling work and childcare.


Temporary foreign worker program must have open work permits

Toronto Star by Catherine Connelly 02 May 2023

If your boss asked you to pay him $1,000 in cash to keep your job, expected you to work without safety equipment or holiday pay, or told you to sleep on the floor in the apartment he was renting to you … you would probably quit. 


Acetaminophen overdose is a leading cause of liver injury, but it is largely preventable

The Conversation by Kelly Grindrod, Eric Yoshida and Trana Hussaini 26 April 2023

Larissa was a 21-year-old Canadian college student recovering from COVID-19 when she died from complications related to an accidental overdose of acetaminophen, a medication in probably every drug store and most medicine cabinets in the country.


The world is running out of time to negotiate a global pandemic treaty

The Globe and Mail  by Roojin Habibi and Clare Wenham 24 April 2023

Member countries of the World Health Organization are currently negotiating a new pandemic treaty in an effort to prevent a global health crisis like COVID-19 from ever happening again.


The WHO’s international pandemic treaty: Meaningful public engagement must inform Canada’s negotiations

The Conversation by Kelley Lee, Joel Lexchin, Katrina Plamondon and Roojin Habibi 23 April 2023

One of the key lessons emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been that the failure of countries to sufficiently work together worsened and prolonged this deadly public health emergency.


The new US-Canada border deal is inhumane — and deadly

Aljazeera by Jamie Liew, Petra Molnar and Julie Young 19 April 2023

Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed recently celebrated becoming Canadian citizens.


Workplace inclusion is a marathon

Welland Tribune by Charlene Theodore and Julie Cafley 19 April 2023

The societal changes that started in 2020 heralded a new sense of urgency and demand for increased accountability for employers claiming diversity and inclusion as core values.


Time to abolish the Canadian law that allows adults to spank and hit children

The Conversation by Tracie O. Afifi and Andrea Gonzalez 18 April 2023

Corporal punishment (e.g., spanking) is allowed in Canada according to Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. 


Gender equality got left behind in the most recent budget

The Hill Times by Maggie Sainty 19 April 2023

Canada just can’t seem to get it right; all parents need equal parental leave.


Precarious work is an urgent problem for thousands of B.C. workers

Vancouver Sun by Iglika Ivanova and Kendra Strauss 13 April 2023

The rise of the “gig economy” and on-demand work through platforms such as Uber has ignited public debate about precarious work and what makes a “good job”.


Keeping cities cool helps keep women safe

The Montreal Gazette by Allison Lalla 05 April 2023

Everyone who’s lived through a Montreal summer knows how unbearable it gets when the heat waves hit.


Electric vehicles: one part of an energy transition to mitigate climate change

The Hill Times by Christina Hoicka 29 March 2023

While the world is “on thin ice,” according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, there is an opportunity to decarbonize in Canada through the electrification of transportation. 


Ottawa and the provinces must work together on air pollution

The Edmonton Journal by Jane McArthur, Sharon Dodd and Joe Vipond 29 March 2023

Canada is one of few industrialized countries in the world that lacks legally binding and enforceable ambient air quality standards.


Centring race: Why we need to think about gentrification differently

The Conversation by Mieko Tarrius 22 March 2023

When we think of gentrification, we often think of how a neighbourhood’s demographics and landscape are transformed.


Erdogan regime’s detentions unlawful

The Winnipeg Free Press by David Matas and Sarah Teich 16 March 2023

As Turkey continues to reel from the impact of last month’s earthquake, countries around the world continue to provide support to the Turkish people. 


Rape myths endure in judicial decisions

Policy Options by Elaine Craig and Isis Hatte 10 March 2023

“Life teaches that persistence is sometimes rewarded with success.”


Here’s why asylum-seekers are using Roxham Road

The Ottawa Citizen by Julie Young, Shauna Labman and Jamie Liew 02 March 2023

The government’s pop-up border post at Roxham Road in Quebec is not new.


The free world cannot afford a loss in Ukraine

The Sault Star by Sarah Teich and Maria Reisdorf 24 February 2023

Friday marks the sombre one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 


Mayoral byelection is a great opportunity for women leaders

The Toronto Star by Chi Nguyen 24 February 2023

With Toronto’s political municipal leadership in absolute flux, this city has a gaping hole.


Black Canadians in politics helped change the world. Let’s celebrate them

The Ottawa Citizen by Erin Tolley and Velma Morgan 16 February 2023

Every February during Black History Month, Canadian schoolchildren learn about Black people who have changed the world: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey. 


Power dynamic a problem in John Tory’s unethical relationship

The Toronto Star by Meagan Cloutier 14 February 2023

Power is power, and it doesn’t matter if Toronto mayor John Tory’s affair with a former staffer was consensual. 


It’s time for action on improving air quality

The Windsor Star by Jane McArthur and Cassie Barker 11 February 2023

Where you live matters.


Ontario needs to invest in the non-profit business model for health and social services

The Toronto Star by Cathy Taylor 08 February 2023

Who should be in charge of delivering health and social services to Ontarians?


Fighting gentrification of our cities isn’t futile

The Montreal Gazette by Mieko Tarrius 06 February 2023

“This neighbourhood isn’t the same. Rents are out of control. Most of the people I’ve known my entire life left long ago, and the ones who can afford to stay are now feeling excluded in their neighbourhood.”


Canada is taking an unserious approach to stopping the Russian Wagner Group

The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 06 February 2023

Last week, the House of Commons unanimously voted to list the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor, as a terrorist entity. 


The return of the ‘extreme intoxication’ defence — as warned

The Toronto Star by Elizabeth Sheehy and Kerri Froc 05 February 2023

Judges can call it what they want, but the defence of extreme intoxication still smells like the same old patriarchy to us.


New regulations on migrant farm workers should tackle employer/employee power imbalances

The Conversation by Stephanie Mayell, C. Susana Caxaj and Janet McLaughlin 01 February 2023

The government of Canada recently amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to include new employer obligations. 


A space for her: What we can all learn from Jacinda Ardern’s resignation

The Toronto Star by Chi Nguyen 27 January 2023

Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she would be stepping down.


Interest rate hikes: The Bank of Canada’s ‘resolute’ fight against inflation could threaten its credibility

The Conversation by Ellen Russell 25 January 2023

The Bank of Canada “resolutely” declared it will fight inflation by raising interest rates.


Canada’s new COVID test rules: Targeting travellers from China will not stop globally circulating Omicron subvariant

The Conversation by Jennifer Fang, Julianne Piper and Kelley Lee 15 January 2023

In a throwback to January 2020, when the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 began to be detected outside of China, many countries have again adopted measures targeted at travellers from China.


Give the gift of presence and love during the holidays

The Conversation Canada by Nikki Martyn 20 December 2022

The holidays are a time for family, connection and love.


Canada’s immigration policy is at a crossroads

Policy Options by Daniel Béland, Jennifer Elrick and Mireille Paquet 19 December 2022

In Canada, immigration policy remains a hot topic. 


Canada needs to plan for a steep decline in oil demand, or risk getting left behind

The Hill Times by Aaron Cosbey and Angela Carter 12 December 2022

Here’s a foreboding story for Canada’s oil patch. 


Human Rights Abuses in Tigray Need Global Action

Newsweek by Sarah Teich and Enes Kanter Freedom 07 December 2022

Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the Axum massacre in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where Eritrean forces killed hundreds of Tigrayans over the course of 24 hours. 


Strengthen Bill S-5 to make Canada’s environmental protection law more just

The Hill Times by Jane McArthur 01 December 2022

From controversies about COVID-19 protections to legislative actions around education and health workers to concerns about inflation and food costs, there is no shortage of critical issues that have captured our attention.


Forward on workplace inclusion

The Hamilton Spectator by Julie Cafley 01 December 2022

I recently had an opportunity to encourage hundreds of Canada’s business leaders to consider their contribution toward more inclusive workplaces.


The federal dental plan may fall short of expectations

Policy Options by Jennifer Robson, Tammy Schirle and Lindsay Tedds 01 December 2022

Now that Bill C-31 has received Royal Assent, some Canadian families will soon want to apply for the interim federal Canada Dental Benefit created by the legislation.


Rachel Notley, Danielle Smith and Alberta’s huge political gender gap

CBC News by Melanee Thomas 27 November 2022

In about six months, two powerhouse female politicians will go head to head to decide who will lead the province for the next four years.


Justice on the front lines of the climate emergency

Canada’s National Observer by Ineza Umuhoza Grace and Anjum Sultana 18 November 2022

It has been a difficult year for children around the world, particularly girls.


Soaring cost of living highlights urgent need to tackle housing affordability

Vancouver Sun by Iglika Ivanova and Alex Hemingway 17 November 2022

Affordability has long been a concern for residents of Metro Vancouver — a region notorious for stratospheric housing costs — but with inflation shooting up to a 40-year high this year, the cost of living has become a much more pressing worry for many.


Preventing use of the notwithstanding clause is a bad idea — and unnecessary

The Conversation by Kerri Froc 14 November 2022

During the Cold War era, American military strategists thought the Soviet Union would be deterred from dropping a nuclear bomb on North America only if the United States also built up sufficient nuclear weapons capable of annihilating the Soviets.


Why a workplace strategy for menopause matters

The Toronto Star by Julie Cafley 27 October 2022

We need to talk about menopause.


What Parliament refused to hear about Canada’s new extreme intoxication law

The Conversation by Kerri Froc 18 October 2022

In case you missed it, and if you blinked you probably did, Parliament passed Bill C-28 in June 2022.


Does the global consensus on refusing to pay ransoms to terrorists make sense?

The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis and Alex Wilner 14 October 2022

When terrorist groups kidnap aid workers, humanitarians, diplomats, tourists and others, the outcome for victims is usually bleak: years of neglect at the hands of their captors, and – if they’re lucky – release only after their families or governments pay a ransom demand. 


Stop running from the problem: prevent breast cancer by reducing toxic chemicals

The Toronto Star by Jane MacArthur, Jennifer Beeman and Cassie Barker 11 October 2022

How far do women have to run before we stop getting breast cancer in the first place? 


Fiona further exposes income erosion in Nova Scotia

Saltwire by Christine Saulnier 03 October 2022

For many Nova Scotians, life is a constant struggle; the challenge to make ends meet is even tougher this year because of the rising cost of living. 


Why women get fewer promotions than men

The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 28 September 2022

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada’s wage gap sits at 16.7 per cent – the seventh worst of 38 OECD countries. 


How helping others during major life transitions could be a path to greater well-being

The Conversation by Lara Aknin and Tiara Cash 26 September 2022

Nearly 2.5 million students began post-secondary education in Canada this September.


Data has so much power to influence outcomes, so why are women often left out?

The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 14 September 2022

As we begin to head back to the office, most women will be pulling warm sweaters and wraps out of the closet to shelter from the arctic office temperatures that prevail in our workplaces. 


A bridge to nowhere: Natural gas will not lead Canada to a sustainable energy future

The Conversation by Amy Janzwood and Heather Millar 11 September 2022

The Canadian government has used Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the removal of Russian natural gas exports to justify increasing natural gas production in Canada.


It’s not all coffee shops and hipsters: what we get wrong about gentrification

The Guardian by Leslie Kern 04 September 2022

On a trip to Mexico City, a bus tour whisks me through neighbourhoods teeming with cool cafes, elegant wine bars and stylish twentysomethings.


Cutting Off Financing for the Next Capitol Insurrection

Lawfare by Jessica Davis and Elena Martynova 28 August 2022

The attack at the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, wasn’t cheap.


How Québec’s Bill 21 could be vanquished by a rarely used Charter provision

The Conversation by Kerri Froc 23 August 2022

This November, the Québec Court of Appeal will hear an appeal of Hak v. Attorney General of Québec on the constitutionality of Bill 21, which prohibits public service workers from wearing religious symbols.


Canadians deserve high-quality care, but non-profit hiring crisis is standing in the way

The Toronto Star by Pamela Uppal 22 August 2022

We’ve all heard about the crisis in health care, but what most Canadians don’t know is that this crisis is being driven, in part, by an unprecedented labour crisis in our non-profit community care sector.


The life cycle of plastic is a death spiral

Canada’s National Observer by Jane McArthur and Honour Stahl 18 August 2022

Who doesn’t regard plastic as a necessity of modern living?


Canada’s investments in tech entrepreneurship are paying off and we need to keep up the momentum

The Toronto Star by Mary Wells 16 August 2022

When I graduated with a bachelor of engineering from McGill in 1987, the best engineering students went to big Canadian companies like Pratt and Whitney, IBM, Nortel, CAE Industries, Dofasco and Alcan.


It is Amnesty International and Russia, not Ukraine, that are putting civilian lives at risk

The National Post by Sarah Teich and Shuvaloy Majumdar 12 August 2022

Last week, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine passed its 160th day, Amnesty International published a report accusing Ukrainian forces of unlawfully endangering the lives of their civilians.


Why shouldn’t hockey parents pay into a victims’ compensation fund?

The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 10 August 2022

There are many reasons why Hockey Canada’s reported handling of sexual assault allegations should leave us feeling disgusted. But compensation for the victims should not be on the list.