Commissioner Ward is a seasoned executive whose career has been characterized by successful collaboration across public, private and not-for-profit organizations to design and deliver inclusive economic growth strategies. Before joining the Pay Equity Commission in 2020, Commissioner Ward worked on implementing aspects of the Federal Government's "Feminist International Assistance Policy" where she increased women's participation in international trade, the labour market as well as equitable participation of men and women in their local economy. Her expertise has taken her around the world working with legislators to establish programs and legislation that support women-led micro and small enterprises. She is a Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Medalist, recognized for her work contributing to significant economic improvement in various Canadian cities. Most recently, Commissioner Ward’s “Level the Paying Field” video and podcast series exploring issues related to economics, equity, women, work and money was awarded a Gold Quill Award of Merit for excellence in government communications. Commissioner Ward firmly believes that equity and inclusion are the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity
Cutting across gender, race, and class while drawing from her own experiences, Kadie Ward, Commissioner and CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission, confronts the stereotypes about women at work. Through an exploration of history, culture and workplace practices, Kadie demonstrates how gender “norms” are constructed and how they persist today. This insightful talk digs deeper into the meaning of “women’s worth” and the tools needed to question the status quo to define our relationships with work, family, and our communities.
Here are 3 BENEFITS you'll receive by the end of this presentation:
- New perspectives on the complexity of current gender norms
- The impacts of closing the gender wage gap and valuing all women’s worth
- Empower you to advance all women across your organization