Breaking the Bias: Celebrating leading professional women for International Women's Day

37 minute read
29 March 2022

This page was originally published on March 8, 2022.

In celebration of International Women's Day and this year's theme of #BreakTheBias, our national GROW network for female-identifying professionals is putting the spotlight on some of our key clients through a powerful month-long video series.

Released weekly throughout March, each video in our series will explore the remarkable journey of a leading female-identified professional, the progress they've witnessed over the course of their career and the biases and misconceptions they continue to challenge.

Tune in for thought-provoking insights from business leaders representing a host of prominent organizations:

Watch for our videos on our social media channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), or view them below as they become available. To learn more about our GROW network, please contact Katie Stys.

Dr. Lisa Calder of the Canadian Medical Protective Association

In this video, our client Dr. Lisa Calder, CEO of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), shares with Gowling WLG partners Domenic Crolla and Maureen Murphy, how female mentorship has played a crucial role in her career journey, as well as how she – as a female CEO – is shifting models of leadership in a different way.

Jasmine Adhami of Dollarama

In this video (French only), our client Jasmine Adhami, Director, Legal Affairs at Dollarama, shares with Gowling WLG partner Annie Turcotte, how mentoring women has played a crucial role in her journey, and how she now supports young professionals to help them grow and develop their own careers.

Janice Bayani of First National Financial LP

In this video, our client Janice Bayani, Director, Legal and Associate Privacy Officer at First National Financial LP, sits down with Gowling WLG partner Shelagh Carnegie to discuss why representation of Asian women in mentorship roles matters, and her mission to break the bias when it comes to assumptions about working mothers.

Catherine Kilpatrick of Shape Properties Corp.

In this video, our client Catherine Kilpatrick, EVP Residential Properties Finance at Shape Properties Corp., speaks with Gowling WLG partner Paulina Kam about how male allies in her life challenged her to grow and take the lead. Catherine also shares her thoughts on the increased visibility of women in senior executive roles in real estate and beyond. 

Nneka Bowen of Royal Bank of Canada

In this video, our client Nneka Bowen, Managing Director Public Sector, Energy and Business Services at Royal Bank of Canada, talks with Gowling WLG partner Bria Fallen about the importance of diversity and inclusion, and creating pathways for women to bring their true selves to work. She also shares why there is value in looking inward as a woman in a leadership position.

Caitlin MacGregor of Plum

In this video, our client Caitlin MacGregor, CEO and Co-Founder of Plum, speaks with Gowling WLG associate lawyer Irena Kramer about how funding and mentorship from women investors, and seeing her own mother invest in herself, inspired her to become her own boss and lead from a different kind of playbook.

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