Speaker Series - calgary

After #MeToo

Discussing the Ripple Effects in Corporate Canada

Event Details:

The #metoo campaign has facilitated the narrative around violence against women, with experiences being shared from personal and professional lives of women around the world. Naming the #metoo movement was just the beginning; we now need to be advocates in our corporate communities.

Join us to explore some of the many questions and themes which have emerged recently in the workplace, as a result of the #metoo movement. We must continue these discussions, opening up an inclusive space to address the opportunities and challenges associated with moving ‘beyond the hashtag’ to bring about real change.  Learn about the critical tools and steps to build cultures where everyone feels safe and empowered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the critical tools and steps to build cultures where everyone feels safe and empowered.


8:00 am – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion

10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking


Sara Austin
Founder & CEO, Children First Canada
Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee

Sara Austin portraitSara is a world class champion for women children, with more than 20 years of global and Canadian experience. As the Founder and Chair of the Board for Children First Canada, Sara leads a national movement to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.

You’ll find her name on several “most powerful” lists, and for good reason. She has led national and global advocacy campaigns to protect the rights of children, shaped major public policy efforts, and launched highly successful public awareness and philanthropic campaigns. She has learned multiple languages and is fluent in the parlance of diplomacy. Her work has taken her into the top circles of power in the United Nations, national governments, and boardrooms around the world. In recognition of her efforts, she has twice been awarded the prestigious Top 25 Women of Influence, and in 2017 she was the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame.

Sara holds an MSt/LLM with Distinction in International Human Rights Law, and a First Class Honours BA in International Development and Women’s Studies from Dalhousie University. Sara has completed the Governance Essentials Program for Non-Profits with the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Maytree Foundation’s Certificate in Public Policy Influence, and the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Partnerships Program.

On a personal level, Sara is married and has a son; she is also a cancer survivor. She is an avid skier and sailor and has travelled to over 40 countries. Sara’s quiet determination to be a force for good in this world is an inspiration to those around her.

Dr. Wanda Polzin
Clinical Director, Little Warriors

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Dr. Wanda Polzin has over 25 years of counselling and clinical experience working with children, youth and families across various domains including Health/Mental Health and Addictions, Children and Family Services, as well as Education. She is currently the Clinical Director at Little Warriors and previously was Clinical Director at CASA.

Dr. Polzin has a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Counselling Psychology, a Masters Degree (MA) in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Social Worker.  Dr. Polzin’s clinical training is multi-faceted, with specialization in Attachment, Trauma, EMDR, Animal-Assisted therapy, Neurobiofeedback, Family Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Concurrent Addiction and Mental Health interventions. She has a deep passion and energy for working with children, youth, caregivers and professionals, particularly in the area of attachment-based caregiving, trauma and trauma-informed care, family systems, complex case needs (dual diagnosis), evidence-based practices, supporting resiliency, and promoting wellness.

Shana Wolch
Partner, Labour and Employment, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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Shana Wolch is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault Labour and Employment Group in Calgary and participates in their National Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. She assists clients with their day-to-day human resources matters and her specific areas of practice include occupational health and safety; alcohol and drug matters, including cannabis (from medicinal to recreational); mergers and acquisitions; privacy; workers’ compensation; human rights; and labour.


Breanne McMurray
Strategy Manager, Accenture

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Breanne is a Business Strategy Manager at Accenture Calgary with over 7 years of strategy consulting experience working with Energy, Agriculture, Non-Profit, and Heavy Industrial companies across North America.

Breanne holds an MBA and HBA from Ivey Business School at Western University. She is passionate about helping clients address business problems and identify areas of opportunity. Her experience involves identifying strategic opportunities for leadership to improve efficiencies, deliver go-to-market strategies, foster growth, redefine competitiveness, and optimize business units. Her work has strengthened her leadership, analytical, and communication skills.

Outside of the office, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling.


The Westin Calgary
320 4 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

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May 23, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Calgary, AB