Mar 1, 2017  |  8:00am - 5:00pm

Summit for Women in Academic Medicine

Announcing the First Annual Summit for Women in Academic Medicine!


Dr. Gillian Hawker, Chair of Medicine, and Dr. Sharon Straus, Vice-Chair of Mentorship, Equity and Diversity invite female* faculty members to join us for a day of inspiration and action! 

Hear from women leaders in medicine and a range of other disciplines, build your leadership skills, network with female colleagues and lend your voice to an action plan to increase gender equity within the Department of Medicine, across the Faculty of Medicine, and beyond. 

Registration is now open to female faculty from all clinical departments in the Faculty of Medicine.

March 1, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Faculty Club

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8:00: Breakfast and check-in

9:00: Welcome

           Dr. Gillian Hawker, Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of Medicine

           Dr. Sharon Straus, Vice-Chair of Mentorship, Equity and Diversity, Dept. of Medicine

9:15: Keynote: The Good Enough Leader

           Dr. Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach, BMJ, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Open, Honorary Deputy Editor, The BMJ

10:00: Break

10:15: Panel: Are you ready to be a leader?

           Dr. Malika Sharma, Dept. of Medicine, moderator

           Christine McLeod, Leadership and Performance Trainer, McLeod Enterprise Strategies

           Dr. Pamela Valentine, Interim CEO, Alberta Innovates

           Dr. Tammy Clifford, Vice-President, CADTH

           Dr. Vianne Timmons, President, University of Regina

           Dr. Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost, University of Toronto

11:15: Break

11:30: Panel: Mythbusters

            Amy Kopelan, Bedlam Productions, moderator

            Jessica Ching, Co-Founder, Eve Medical

            Ellen DiVerniero, Head of Talent Management, Aetna

            Teressa Moore-Griffin, Founder and CEO, Spirit of Purpose

            Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH

12:30: Keynote: Meritocracy: Myth to Reality

            Dr. Sarah Kaplan, University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy

1:15: Lunch

2:15: Introduction to Town Hall Discussion

           Dr. Gillian Hawker

2:30: Town Hall: What barriers exist for women in medicine and how can the DoM address them?

           Mary Ito, CBC, moderator

           Dr. Caroline Chessex, DoM, facilitator

           Dr. Lisa Richardson, DoM, facilitator

           Dr. Reena Pattani, DoM, facilitator

           Dr. Holly Witteman, Université Laval, facilitator

4:00: Response and closing statement

           Dr. Gillian Hawker

            Dr. Sharon Straus

4:30: Cocktails and Networking

Questions? Contact Lilian Belknap at

*The Department of Medicine interprets the word "female" as fully inclusive of all self-identified trans and cis women.


Questions? Contact Lilian Belknap at