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Equal Voice and the Embassy of Chile Convene Roundtable on Canada and Chile’s Strengthened Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Jun 06, 2017

 

 

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Equal Voice and the Embassy of Chile Convene Roundtable on

Canada and Chile’s Strengthened Commitment to diversity and inclusion

 

- For Immediate Release -

 

(June 6, 2017, Ottawa) – On the occasion of the visit to Ottawa of H.E. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, yesterday evening Equal Voice and the Embassy of Chile convened a special roundtable on diversity and inclusion in both countries.

 

Moderated by Nicole Foster, National Chair of Equal Voice, the roundtable featured President Bachelet, the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Robert Nault, Member of Parliament and Chair of ParlAmericas, as well as other guests such as leaders of NGOs and business executives with a significant interest in this area.

 

A catalyst for the discussions was the renewed trade agreement between Canada and Chile. The roundtable focused on sharing best practices about promoting diversity and inclusion in the public and private spheres as it pertains to women, ethno-cultural, LGBTQ, and other under-represented groups in both Canada and Chile.

 

“It was an honour to have had the opportunity to exchange views with President Bachelet on this matter,” says Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice. “She is well known for her commitment to diversity and, as one of just a few women who leads a national government, she has first hand knowledge of the challenges that women in leadership face.”

 

For her part, Dara Wawatie-Chabot, National Youth Chair for Equal Voice, was pleased to see different perspectives brought forward that might not always visible. "The progress being made by Canada and Chile in terms of diversity and empowerment is wonderful and necessary. However, the roundtable also highlighted that when it comes sharing those same benefits and progress for marginalized and disenfranchised communities, Canada has quite a way to go it truly wants to be the world leader that everyone expects it to be."

 

Given that less than 7 percent of heads of states around the world are led by women, President Bachelet’s leadership matters not just for Chile, or South America, but for the world.

 

“While our focus at Equal Voice is on gender diversity in politics, we were able to bring together a cross section of organizations that are passionate advocates for diversity and inclusion from a number of perspectives.  We hope to continue this collaboration. It's clear we have so much to learn from each other,” emphasized Ms. Foster.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Valérie Gervais
613-741-9376

 

 

valerie@valgervais.ca

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.