Armchair discussions with expert Canadian women

Informed Conversations is an event and web series featuring expert women discussing topics that matter to Canadians. These lively armchair dialogues are taking place in major Canadian cities and available as a web series. It’s a platform for expert women to share experience-informed perspectives on a wide range of issues offering critical context to inform our social, economic and environmental policies and priorities.


Episode 3 – Advancing Women’s Equality

Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef, and Joy Johnson, Vice President, Research at Simon Fraser University joined Shari Graydon at the Rideau Club in Ottawa for a thoughtful exchange that included equality strategies and candid confessions about professional failures, and how they view those now.


Episode 2 – Senator Kim Pate’s Expert Insights on Mandatory Minimums

Nationally recognized and award-winning advocate Kim Pate is now using her platform as a Senator to expand Canadians’ understanding of critical criminal justice issues. She joined Shari Graydon in Ottawa to discuss mandatory minimum sentencing.


Episode 1 – Attracting and Retaining Women: The Transformative Power of Flexible Work

Are you looking for a secret weapon in the hunt for talent? The first episode of Informed Conversations lets you in on the strategies and insights developed by two creative leaders who’ve been there, done that, and have the success credentials to prove it. Shastri Ramnath is President, CEO at Exiro Minerals Corporation and Executive Chairman at Orix Geoscience Inc. Jane Griffith is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office and the firm’s National Diversity Leader. They joined Shari Graydon at Verity Club in Toronto to discuss how their own experiences motivated them to improve workplaces for women.


We welcome other suggestions and collaboration regarding future Informed Conversation events in major cities across Canada, on a variety of timely topics. 

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