Anti-violence in the workplace
May 17, 2023
Engineers commit to safeguarding human life and welfare, which requires a recognition of injustices when they occur. During this session, we will be discussing workplace violence prevention: how to go beyond the legal framework to be an anti-violence and anti-harassment workplace. Topics will include myths around gender-based violence, what individuals can do to shift the culture of a workplace away from shame and silence, and resources that survivors can use to navigate often-inadequate systems.
Paulette Senior is President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.
Paulette started her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. Her work and advocacy with shelters, as well as employment and housing programs, paved the way toward leadership roles at national organizations. She served as CEO of YWCA Canada for 10 years before joining the Canadian Women’s Foundation as CEO in 2016. Her work with the Foundation is guided by the vision of an inclusive, national movement toward gender equity that will strengthen all Canadians.
Throughout her career, she has earned numerous awards and become one of the most respected women leaders and speakers in Canada. Paulette is a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, an advisory body that develops recommendations on gender equality issues across the G7 agenda. In 2021, she received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Lethbridge. She is featured in the book Inspiring Canadians: 40 Brilliant Canadians and Their Visions for the Nation.
Kim Bouffard is the Manager of Belonging and Engagement at Engineers Canada. She is responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships and initiatives that increase the relevance and sustainability of the profession. She leads work on increasing the number of women in engineering, work towards truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, engineering career awareness amongst children and youth, national education programs and campaign such as National Engineering Month, and manages our relationships with student federations and national associations to move forward inclusion issues related to the profession. Her training and volunteer work in public education, mental health, food security, and environmental advocacy continue to motivate and educate her ongoing work in equity and belonging. Kim has over fifteen years of experience leading national education and community engagement program in the non-profit, charitable, and public sector and has an educational background in education, history, and behavioural science.
Award-winning engineer and leader, Jeanette Southwood is Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at Engineers Canada. Before joining Engineers Canada, she led the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at an international consulting firm where she was the first Black woman to be appointed to the senior leadership position of Principal globally in its 50-year history at that time. At Engineers Canada, Jeanette’s team's portfolios include: Belonging and Engagement; Communications; and Public Affairs, Government Relations and Public Policy. Also a longtime and dedicated volunteer with a number of organizations and on several boards over the years, Jeanette is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a recipient of the Province of Ontario’s “Leading Women Building Communities Award,” an inductee into Professional Engineers Ontario's Order of Honour, and a recipient of the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal. Jeanette is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, which recognizes engineers contributing in exemplary ways towards their disciplinary fields and the wider community. She has received an Honorary Doctorate as well as the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards’ Engineering Excellence Medal. She was also honoured as one of Canada’s Clean50 for her work and dedication to sustainable development, leading change, championing innovation, and changing our world for the better. Jeanette has been inducted into the University of Toronto’s Engineering Hall of Distinction and was twice named one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, as well as being recognized as one of the Women of Innovation. She was appointed by the federal government as an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, the first affiliated with the Naval Engineering Community. Jeanette sits on the TD Insurance Advisory Board on Climate Change.