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2023 Women’s Symposium


2023 Women’s Symposium

The CTF/FCE Women’s Symposium gathers leaders, staff, and members from our Member and Associate Organizations who identify as women. This event provides a unique opportunity for participants to connect, to engage in discussions on what hinders women’s advancement, and to gain the knowledge needed to make fundamental changes in the education sector and society.

With an audience of about 150 attendees coming from every province and territory in Canada, the 2023 Symposium will be held May 17–19 in Ottawa at the Delta Hotel City Centre, 101 Lyon Street North.

Our theme “A Window on Our Worlds”, will explore topics that impact the growth of women in their own worlds and in the world at large, such as: leadership; career advancement; workplace equity and inclusion; work-life balance; challenges and opportunities; and much more.

In addition to hosting an outstanding group of women, the Symposium will offer attendees the opportunity to network and to share practical tips and innovative strategies.

Note: The Women’s Symposium is open to people who identify as women.

Below you’ll find our speakers and presenters. You can find out when each speaker takes the stage on our Speakers page.

Keynote Speakers

TA Loeffler

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Samra Zafar

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Sabreena Delhon

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Nahanni Fontaine

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Anne Lavoie

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Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton

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Ardith Shirley

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Nicole Beaulieu

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Dr. Nichole Grant

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Nora Afifi

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Marie Antoinette Corr

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Breakout Presenters

Shari Graydon

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Catherina Blair

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Dr. Elissa Corsi

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Dr. Samira El Atia

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Caroline Chikoore

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Mary Lachapelle

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Karen Chong

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Toni Grewal

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Important Information


Registration will open from February 10 to April 3, 2023. View our Cancellation Policy.
Registration includes access to all plenary and breakout sessions, all meals hosted during the Symposium, as well as access to the welcome cocktail reception (Wednesday) and networking activity (Thursday).
Early-bird (deadline March 3, 2023): $600 (plus taxes)
Regular (deadline April 3, 2023): $650 (plus taxes)

Book Your Hotel Accommodations

The Delta Ottawa City Centre is holding a block of rooms at a group rate of $259 per night for a traditional room. Please book your hotel room by Monday, April 17, 2023 (17:00 ET) to benefit from the group rate. To reserve, call 1-888-236-2427 or book your stay through the direct booking link above. When booking, please reference CTF/FCE Women’s Symposium. Please email Nika Quintao, Meeting and Event Planner, if you have any questions about the hotel.

Scent-Free Policy

The CTF/FCE adheres to a scent-free policy in our building and at all our meetings and events because of sensitivities and allergies among staff and attendees.

Health and Safety

In keeping with the Federation’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the CTF/FCE will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa. In the unlikely event that we enter another serious wave of the virus or a provincial lockdown, we will be in touch with all attendees about alternate plans and provide an update on this event web page.

  • All individuals attending the CTF/FCE events are asked to complete the Ontario Public Health self-assessment, prior to travelling to/arriving in Ottawa and prior to joining the Symposium on Wednesday, May 17.
  • Anyone who feels unwell, is asked to please not attend the Symposium and contact CTF/FCE Meeting and Event Planner Nika Quintao as soon as possible.
  • Although not required, we strongly encourage all participants to practice physical distancing where possible.
  • Pending the situation with COVID-19 in May, we may also encourage participants to wear a mask. If needed, we will be providing KN95 masks.

Please note that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive will not be admitted to the event.

The event is finished.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

15:30 - 17:30
18:00 - 18:45
Welcome Cocktail
18:45 - 10:30
Opening night Gala

Day 2: Thursday, May 18, 2023

7:30 - 8:30
Registration, Coffee and Tea
8:00 - 8:15
Plenary session
8:15 - 8:45
Plenary session
Coffee Talk
8:45 - 9:00
Break and transition
9:00 - 10:00
Opening panel
Women’s Leadership: Our Way Forward
10:00 - 10:30
Networking break
10:30 - 12:00
Plenary session
Increase your Ability to Persuade
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch and networking
13:30 - 14:45
Navigating Consent through Windows of Our Worlds
13:30 - 14:45
Removing the Stop Signs at the Intersections of Gender and Career Progression
14:45 - 15:15
Networking break
15:15 - 16:15
Keynote Presentation
Samra Zafar

Day 3: Friday, May 19, 2023

8:30 - 9:00
Coffee and tea
9:00 - 10:00
Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic: Lived Experiences
10:00 - 10:15
Break and transition
10:15 - 11:30
Interrogating Barriers to Women’s Health and Safety through an Intersectional Lens
10:15 - 11:30
Women Advancing Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
11:30 - 11:45
Break and transition
11:45 - 12:30
Closing keynote
Mountains and Windows: Offering a New View towards your Summits
12:30 - 13:00
Plenary session
Closing remarks and wrap-up


May 17 - 19 2023


All Day

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/Toronto
  • Date: May 17 - 19 2023
  • Time: All Day


Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Canadian Teachers' Federation
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