2022 Women's Economic Resilience Summit

Inspiration. Action. Gender Equity.


About the event

Women and gender-expansive people have rich histories of resilience in the face of oppression and exclusion.

We’ve seen these communities — particularly women of colour, queer, trans, and non-binary people, disabled women, and Indigenous women — have to pull from wells of resilience throughout the pandemic.

What if they didn’t have to? How might policymakers and social purpose organizations build economic systems that work for women and gender-expansive people?

The Future of Good Women’s Economic Resilience summit, sponsored by Scotiabank, will convene changemakers and speakers working to advance gender equity and economic empowerment from across Canada and around the world. We’ll dive into feminist philanthropy, feminist movements, feminist public policy, entrepreneurship, care, leadership, and a whole lot more.

Hosted by Future of Good’s editorial fellow on women’s economic resilience, Sherlyn Assam, we’ll ask tough questions about whether the social purpose sector offers decent work for its 80 per cent women workforce. We’ll ask, too, about whether social policy development in this country is feminist and inclusive; how teams and organizations are driving gender equity; how funders might reckon with the trauma many women experience with money; and more. 

We’ll also spotlight solutions led by women and non-binary people — from feminist activists on the frontlines of movements globally to women’s traditions of community care to the entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists building a better future for their communities every day.

Summit Themes

Celebrating the rich history of women and non-binary people’s traditions of reciprocity. From giving circles to networks of mutual aid to communal childcare, what are the practices women and gender-expansive people have built for their own economic resilience? How might the more formal or institutional world of social impact learn from and support these practices? What does it mean to embed feminist concepts of reciprocity into policies, programs, funding, etc. for women’s economic resilience?

Capital — and lots of it — will be required to make strides on gender equity and economic resilience among women and non-binary people. What does it mean to make this funding feminist? What kind of funding works best for organizations and initiatives advancing women’s economic resilience? How can funders better understand issues that women and non-binary people face? What does it mean to reckon with the trauma that money has caused for many women — particularly Indigenous and racialized women — and make funding processes safe for them?

What kind of social policy processes fosters — and impedes — economic resilience for women and gender-expansive people? In what ways have social policy development processes and interventions in response to COVID left women and (perhaps especially) non-binary people behind. How well has the federal government’s gender-based analysis fared? What do feminist approaches to policymaking look like?

Women make up 80 percent of the non-profit workforce, but are underrepresented — particularly racialized, Indigenous, disabled, trans, and otherwise marginalized women — in high-paid and leadership positions. Let’s unpack pay disparities, precarious work, the lack of women in leadership roles, lack of gender equity in governance, and generally what it means that social purpose and care work have been historically feminized and therefore marginalized — as has been especially evident through the pandemic.

Feminist activists and grassroots groups around the world are fighting for fairer economic systems every day, and are connected directly to the issues the most marginalized women and non-binary communities face. What can organizations and institutions learn from them? What are the biggest issues preventing women’s economic resilience, and what are the activist strategies that work in the fight for justice?

There’s been much talk of a ‘she-cession’ through the pandemic — and much talk, too, of what makes for an inclusive, feminist recovery. Let’s bring together some key themes that make up this summit — policy, community care, funding, and more — and discuss what the social impact world needs to do now to advance gender equity in organizations, and make sure women and non-binary people aren’t still struggling to recover economically from the crisis years down the line.


"One of the best I've attended since the Pandemic has started and the questions asked and breakout rooms were spot on."
"(It was most valuable) to have the level of candor and discomfort and to be in conversation with others related to the topic. The head, heart and hands activity in particular will be something I carry into this work going forward with teams."
"The vibe among all panelists and participants, riffing off one another created amazing dialogue and inspiring conversations!"


One year of Future of Good membership is included in your access to this event.


If you are a current Future of Good member, access to this event is included in your membership. Visit this page to RSVP.


Summit access includes one year of Future of Good membership which includes access to all Future of Good content, a community of 2,500 changemakers and complimentary access to all our summit events in the next 12 months. Find out more about membership here. Once you purchase, you’ll be redirected to a page with your registration link for the summit. You will also receive an email from community@futureofgood.co containing the link.

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Accessible ticket (event only)

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All team plans include access to summit and one year of Future of Good team membership. Find out more about team plans here.

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Future of Good has created accessible pricing for small grassroots, volunteer-led organizations with financial constraints. Grassroots, volunteer lead or underfunded organizations serving women and LGBTQI2S+ can self identify for this five person plan at $150 + tax, annually. For more information on this plan please click here.

Non-profit pricing

10 person team

$ 500


$ 1000

30 person team

$ 2000

Philanthropy Pricing

10 person team

$ 900


$ 1800

30 person team

$ 2750

Corporate Pricing

10 person team

$ 1000


$ 2000

30 person team

$ 3000



11:00 AM ET

Conference Opening

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM ET

Opening Plenary: Feminist Reciprocity

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Plenary: Feminist Funding

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET


3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

Lightning talk with special guest

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET

Plenary: Feminist Social Policy


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET


1:15PM – 2:15 PM ET

Plenary: Feminist social purpose work and leadership

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM ET

Concurrent sessions:

(1) Plenary: Feminist Movements

(2) Fireside Chat: Feminist Movements with Cynthia Eyakuze

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Lightning talk with Paulette Senior: The Facts About Gender Based Violence

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Closing Plenary: Feminist Recovery

The teeny tinys

During the Women’s Economic Resilience Summit, we’re collaborating with The Teeny Tinys to provide virtual entertainment for little ones of parents who’d like to attend. 

We’ve been covering gender equity through the pandemic, and know the toll it’s taken on working parents — especially women, who continue to bear a disproportionate responsibility for childcare. That’s why we’re committed to equity and to working toward a barrier-free summit experience for all. 

We believe this kind of accommodation will — and should — soon become the new normal for working parents. 

The Teeny Tinys is a children’s music initiative committed to positive messaging and creative self-expression. As a summit attendee, you’ll get access to recordings of four virtual, musical classes to play for your little ones while you’re enjoying the summit. Aria Zeuna, lead facilitator at The Teeny Tinys, will use imaginative play classes to keep your tiny ones learning and engaged. The classes will focus on counting, movement, storytime, and sparking imagination through song. 

All conference attendees will be provided a private link via email on June 7th, 2022 where they can access the four classes over the span of the summit.


More speakers to be announced!

Amanda Kingsley Malo

Founder, PoliticsNOW

Amanda Kingsley Malo (she/her) is the founder of PoliticsNOW. She is a big believer that the word “community” is a verb, and tries to live with that in mind in all the work that she does: as an elementary school teacher; as a trustee on the board for the Canadian Museum of
History; as a public speaker, dedicated to advocating for gender equality and women in politics; and as the founder of PoliticsNOW, a grassroots organization that is dedicated to getting women elected to municipal councils across Northern Ontario.

Arezoo Najibzadeh

Founder and Managing Director, Platform

Arezoo Najibzadeh (she/her) is a social innovator and the founder and managing director of Platform, a non-profit organization that builds civic leadership capacity among Black, Indigenous, and racialized young women and gender-diverse youth. Through her work at Platform, Arezoo is advancing the conversation on gender and politics beyond representation to promote transformative, intersectional leadership and build prosperous futures for marginalized communities.

Caroline Shenaz Hossein

Founder of DISE Collective & Tenured professor of Global Development & Political Science

Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein (she/her) is Associate Professor of Global Development at the University of Toronto and cross-appointed to the graduate programme of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is Founder of Diverse Solidarity Economies (DiSE) Collective pushing for equitable economies.

Chantel Cabaj

CEO, Boardwell

In 2016, Chantel Cabaj (she/her) was inspired by political events to ensure women’s voices were entrenched in leadership. With a group of dedicated volunteers, this led to the creation of DirectHer Network, a registered charity committed to demystifying the board experience and expanding the number and types of women and gender diverse people in board service. Chantel, a former lawyer, has been entrenched in the board governance space for the last 6 years through DirectHer, private consulting with numerous nonprofit organizations and professional associations and through her online governance company, BoardWell.

Cynthia Eyakuze

Co- Vice President, Global Programs, Equality Fund

Cynthia Eyakuze (she/her) is the Co- Vice President of Global Programs at Equality Fund.  She has over 25 years of experience in human rights, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and governance and accountability. She led the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Women’s Rights Program from 2014-2017, which focused on advancing women’s sexual and reproductive rights, promoting economic justice for women and strengthening women’s rights organizations and movements.

Dehga Scott

Indigenous Birth Worker and Co-Founder, the Northern Birthwork Collective

Dehga Scott (she/ her) is an Indigenous Birth Worker and Co-Founder of the Northern Birthwork Collective. Her goal is to create change within the birth community by creating an Indigenous Birthworkers Training program that revitalizes our traditional birthing practices and by bringing communities together as we support new parents in their journey.

Diana Sarosi

Director, Policy & Campaigns, Oxfam Canada

Diana Sarosi (she/her) is the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam Canada, leading a team of advocates working to advance gender justice and tackle growing inequality by influencing governments, corporations and multilateral bodies and mobilizing the public into action. She is particularly focused on building alliances for collective actions and supporting feminist movements. She is a long-standing feminist advocate, with more than 15 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations in Canada and throughout Southeast Asia.

Elene Lam

Executive Director, Butterfly, Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network

Elene Lam (she/her) is the Executive Director of Butterfly, the Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network, and a PhD candidate at McMaster University’s School of Social Work. She has been advocating for sex worker, migrant, labour, and gender justice for over 20 years. Butterfly is organized by and supports workers in holistic centres, body rub parlours, and the sex industry in Toronto.

Fae Johnstone

Executive Director, Wisdom2Action

Fae Johnstone (she/they), MSW, is the Executive Director and Co-Owner of Wisdom2Action Consulting Ltd., a social enterprise and consulting firm working with non-profits and governments across Canada to advance 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, improve mental health services, and address gender-based violence. Fae is a writer, equity educator, community organizer and public policy nerd.

Gabe Oatley

Future of Good editorial fellow, transforming funding models

Gabe (they/them) is the Future of Good editorial fellow on transforming funding models and Masters of Journalism student at Ryerson University. Their work has also been published in the National Observer, The Star and The Nation.

Jacqueline Jennings

Venture Partner, Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

Jacqueline Jennings (sher/her) is an entrepreneur coach, start-up consultant and group facilitator commonly referred to as Biz-Witch. Biomimicry, learning from elders, healing our boring stories, working with horses and waking up about intersectional feminist issues and decolonization are her current favourite topics of conversation.

Kylie Adair

Editor, Future of Good

Kylie Adair (she/her) is the editor of Future of Good. Kylie studied journalism and human rights at Carleton University, and worked in gender equity-focused communications, documentary production, and freelance journalism before joining the Future of Good team two years ago.

Lyric Thompson

Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Lyric Thompson (she/her) is the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity, she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and oversees ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the U.S. Government and internationally. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she teaches a graduate level course on women’s rights advocacy. 

Maryam (مریم) Pandi

Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston

Maryam Pandi (she/her) is the Executive Director at Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. She is passionate about social justice and grounds her work in intersectional feminism and Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism values. In her daily work, Maryam uses her experience in community building and outreach to advocate for gender equity and works towards building a future free of sexual and gender-based violence.

Maryann Kerr

Author, Tarnished: Let’s rethink, reimagine and co-create a new social impact sector

Maryann Kerr (she/her) is Chief Happiness Officer, CEO, and principal consultant with the Medalist Group. She has worked in the social profit sector for 34 years and helped raise over $110 million. A sector leader at the local, provincial, national, and international levels, she is passionate about her family, feminism, and continuous learning.

Neha Chollangi

Special Projects Writer, Future of Good

Neha Chollangi (she/her) is Future of Good’s Special Projects Writer. Neha is a reporter based in the South Okanagan region in B.C. She is a graduate from the School of Journalism at X University (formally known as Ryerson University), where she developed a keen interest in long form journalism.  Neha is interested in understanding the rapidly changing landscape of our culture today and how it impacts the way we live and interact with each other. 

Paulette Senior

CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Paulette Senior (she/her) is President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Paulette started her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. She saw how social resources and systemic change could transform women’s lives. Through her work and advocacy with shelters, as well as employment and housing programs, she has earned numerous awards and become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada.

Priscilla Zamora Politis

CEO, Women in Management

Priscilla Zamora Politis (she/her) is a specialist in gender equality in the private sector and triple impact social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder and CEO of B-certified social company Women in Management, and was a former UN Women Consultant for the Win-Win program.

Sabrine Azraq

National Legal Coordinator, Canadian Council for Muslim Women

Sabrine Azraq (she/ her) manages Canadian Council for Muslim Women’s national projects. She also works with the Honourable Senator Marilou McPhedran on projects pertaining to Muslim youth and the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA). She obtained a Master of Education from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Shelley Kuipers

Co-Founder, Co-CEO at The51 | Building the Financial Feminist

Shelley Kuipers (she/her), Co-Founder/co-CEO of The51 is an activist in business,  entrepreneurship and investment, driving business models that are more equitable, diverse, corporately and ecologically sustainable. Shelley is a co-founder of IOVIA and Adventure Capital, and previously founded crowdsourcing company,  Chaordix and was a co-founder of Stormworks, which was acquired by Solium. She is also co-founder and an active board member of a sustainable direct to consumer clothing brand House Kuipers. 

Sherlyn Assam

Editorial Fellow, Future of Good

Sherlyn Assam (she/her) is a freelance writer and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership candidate at Carleton University. Her work explores philanthropy, faith and spirituality, social justice, intersectional feminism, youth, and human trafficking. She has published stories with PANL Perspectives, Future of Good, Broadview, Our Times, and Trad Magazine. 

Tynesha McHarris

Co-Founder, Black Feminist Fund

Tynesha McHarris (she/her) is the Principal of Black Harvest, a Black Feminist advisory firm working with movement leaders and philanthropy. She also is the co-founder of The Black Feminist Fund, an unprecedented fund moving resources to Black feminists in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. She brings over fifteen years of experience advocating for racial, gender and youth justice in social movements, organizations, and philanthropic institutions.

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