Grand Challenges Canada


Sunday June 2nd

8 AM – 5 PM: Uniting Forces to Ensure Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a Practice of the Past

Hosted by: Amref Health Africa, Coalition on Violence Against Women, End FGM Canada Network, Equality Now, Orchid Project, Sahiyo, The End FGM European Network, The Girl Generation, The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices, The US End FGM/C Network, There Is No Limit Foundation, Tostan
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This End FGM/C Pre-Conference is an unprecedented event from civil society for civil society to unite voices and come together around a global Call to Action to end FGM/C and support FGM/C survivors. The event will convene civil society organizations, champions, survivors and other grassroots representatives from across the globe to come together as a sector, to get to know others working globally across this issue, and to discuss what is needed to accelerate ending FGM/C by 2030. The event will put grassroots and survivor voices at the centre and work to strengthen our unified community of practice to support the achievement of SDG 5.3.

9 AM – 5 PM: Nutsamaht: We are One. Our Voices. Our Stories. Indigenous Women’s Pre-Conference

Hosted by: First Nations Health Authority; Ministry of Health; Provincial Health Services Authority; BC Women’s Hospital Foundation; BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre; Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Convention Center East
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The Nutsamaht: We are One. Our Voices. Our Stories. Indigenous Women’s Pre-Conference to Women Deliver 2019 will inspire and inform and provide you with the information, confidence and connections to advance the rights and wellness of Indigenous women and girls in your community and around the world. The conference is being hosted on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Squamish Nations people.

10 AM – 12 PM: Mental Health: Break the Stigma

Hosted by: Global Girl Power
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 116-117

Women and girls worldwide from all walks of life continue to face the worst kinds of atrocities, which can cause long-term physical and mental health problems. With mental health at the forefront, we hope to conduct an interactive discussion about topics such as; basic human rights, rape, child marriages, abuse and other harmful traditional practices. We hope to create a safe space for women and girls to educate them about their human rights and how to access resources. Furthermore, we want to empower people to break the stigma through their stories and experiences.

3 PM – 5 PM: The Ongoing Fight to Free a Billion Women from the Burden of Malaria

Hosted by: Medicines for Malaria Venture
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 212

This event will show-case the impact achieved in supporting women in malaria-affected countries over the years, and present the current challenges and opportunities ahead for innovation in research and development (R&D) of women-friendly anti-malarials. It is expected to contribute to strengthening the commitment of women organizations and other partners to innovative R&D and universal access to antimalarial treatments, with the long-term vision of world free from malaria.

6 PM – 8 PM: A Critical Need: Reproductive Health Care in Crisis Settings

Hosted by: Ipas and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 223-224

This is an interactive reception focusing on the importance of sexual and reproductive health care, including safe abortion, in humanitarian settings. Take in an exhibit that highlights – through stories and photos of Rohingya refugees and health providers – the critical need for this care and the efforts to meet it. Get an immersive look at a Rohingya refugee camp in a VR headset. Hear firsthand experiences from providers and experts, and share your own stories.

 

Monday June 3rd

8:45 AM – 11 AM: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls – A Shared Agenda

Hosted by: U.K. Department for International Development, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 212
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This interactive breakfast event will highlight how policymakers, donors and international organisations can integrate the latest evidence on preventing violence against women and girls into their work to fund, implement and scale up effective initiatives. Diverse expert speakers from the Violence Against Women field will include Dr. Lori Heise (Johns Hopkins University and the Prevention Collaborative), Claudia Garcia Moreno (WHO) and representatives from DfID and other governments.

9 AM – 11 AM: Shifting Power with WGCD for Gender Equitable Development

Hosted by: Women and Girls at the Center of Development Learning Agenda
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 208-209
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This talk show-style panel series will kick off Women Deliver 2019 for the WGCD community, linking grantees’ evidence and insights to power, progress and change. Panelists will present new evidence on women’s and girls’ health, rights and economic power and what it takes to shift power structures while recognizing and mitigating potential unintended consequences. Attendees will also learn about the Gates foundation’s push to accelerate gender equality for sustainable development.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Delivering on Canada’s Promise: Nutrition Innovation in Action

Hosted by: Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise
Steamworks Brew Pub, Wine Room (375 Water St)
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A panel discussion focused on highlighting the critical importance that innovative nutrition interventions play in Canadian efforts to enable women and girls to survive and thrive. Canada’s legacy of investment in life-saving nutrition programming is best demonstrated in how Canadian organizations and companies are ensuring that we’re addressing emerging nutrition challenges through low-cost interventions and innovative partnerships and delivery. The panel will be moderated by Gisèle Yasmeen, the Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. 

*Featuring Grand Challenges Canada’s Co-CEO Karlee Silver & GCC-funded innovators Mette Kinoti (Amref Health Africa) and Dr. Gavin Armstrong (Lucky Iron Fish)

1 PM – 3 PM: Innovation and GBV: Accelerating the Intersection

Hosted by: International Development Innovation Alliance’s (IDIA) Gender​ and Innovation Working Group | UNICEF
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 212
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Innovation is critical for delivering scalable solutions to the world’s problems. Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most complex and unacceptable problems in the world. We will explore promising solutions at the intersection of innovation and GBV- including those fueled by technology, and creative financing mechanisms. The International Development Innovation Alliance’s (IDIA) Gender​ and Innovation Working Group is a collaboration platform that brings together leadership from innovation and gender teams of some of the world’s leading development agencies and is currently working to surface and promote scalable innovations to address GBV.

4:30 PM – 6 PM: The Power of Us: Opening of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Hosted by: Women Deliver
Vancouver Convention Center, Plenary Hall

Let us join together and kick-off the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. Enjoy an indigenous welcoming ceremony, a high-powered plenary discussion, as well as some good beats. The Power of Us opening will explore the frame of WD2019 “Power. Progress. Change.” with heads of state, advocates, and young people. We will together generate new ideas, inspiration, and excitement for what lays ahead in the conference.

 

Tuesday June 4th

6 AM – 8 AM: The Power of We: #TimeToAct on Mental Health

Hosted by: Johnson & Johnson
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 220

This session is part of Johnson & Johnson’s “The Power of We” series aiming to explore the unlimited power of collaboration in driving change and solving global challenges. The series will bring together unlikely groups of individuals – women and men, young and old, public and private sectors to drive provocative discussions around the most pressing issues affecting women and girls and build solutions for change. This particular session will center on the many mental health issues affecting women around the world, as told through their own stories and lived experiences.

6:30 AM – 8 AM: Bridging the Gender Divide: Leveraging Tech to Deliver Girl Impact

Hosted by: SPRING Accelerator, Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Location TBC

This interactive session, which follows a networking breakfast, brings together investors, award-winning social businesses from emerging markets, donors and gender specialists to explore what it takes for digital innovations to deliver girl impact and make vibrant local economies possible. Speakers share their stories, ideas and knowledge on the role that tech can play in unlocking barriers to reach marginalised communities and girls and in providing them with tools to thrive.

12 PM – 1:30 PM: Accelerating Knowledge: Social Entrepreneurs and Family Planning

Hosted by: Bayer AG
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 110

What role does social entrepreneurship play in accelerating positive change in family planning education and awareness? With a special focus on enabling youth voices, this session will feature social entrepreneurs sharing their experience and innovative approaches to overcoming the barriers they face in accessing education and increasing awareness of family planning. Join us for a fruitful exchange of knowledge, expertise and novel approaches to help support youth-led innovation.

12 PM – 1:30 PM: Changemakers in Action: Youth Leadership to Harness Digital Innovation for UHC2030

Hosted by: Fondation Botnar
Vancouver Convention Center

This session will gather development finance institutions, private sector, development actors, feminists, experts, practitioners to shape the narrative on sustainable rights-based financing for gender equality and share inspiring experiences on what is required to achieve transformative and empowering results.

12 PM – 1:30 PM: Social Enterprise Pitch: Day One

Fueling Station, Power Stage

A live competition featuring 10 outstanding social entrepreneurs, who will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of experts that their product or idea has potential to transform the lives of girls and women. Three winners will receive a cash prize that can be used to scale up their mission-driven business.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovators Ibrahim Mohedas (SubQ Assist) and Debbie Rogers (Praekelt)*

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Looking at Innovation and Technology Through a Gender Lens

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada, MIT Solve, Skoll Foundation
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 110

We all understand the world through by lens through which we experience it. That’s why it’s so important that engineers, designers, and technologists—who are increasingly powerful and influential in shaping the world around us—are diverse and representative of many perspectives. In this session, hear stories and explore solutions of how looking through a gender lens informs approaches to innovation and technology, and reshapes the world around us.

*Featuring Grand Challenges Canada’s Co-CEO Jocelyn Mackie & innovator Doreen Kessy (Ubongo Learning)

3 PM – 4 PM: Coffee with Vinoj Manning

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada
Fueling Station, Booth 380

This session is part of Grand Challenges Canada’s “Behind the Innovation” series, which aims to give innovators a platform to showcase their innovations, engage with fellow Women Deliver participants, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned along their entrepreneurial journey.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovator Vinoj Manning (CEO, IPAS Development Foundation)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: How Can Technology Help Midwives Save Mothers and Newborns in Childbirth?

Hosted by: International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Laerdal Global Health and Maternity Foundation
Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Mackenzie Ballroom
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International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Laerdal Global Health and Maternity Foundation invite you to join global frontrunners in the digital health arena for an inspiring EdTech Talk on the future of health worker training.

*Moderated by GCC Co-CEO Karlee Silver

5 PM – 7 PM: PRE-EMPT Reception: Celebrate Achievements and Plans for the Future

Hosted by: PRE-EMPT
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 220
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The PRE-EMPT (PREgnancy, Evidence, Monitoring, Partnerships and Treatment) team looks forward to hosting friends and colleagues to celebrate the many achievements over the last 8 years and to discuss exciting plans for the future. We will be providing light snacks and drinks for attendees.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovation “Smart Discharges” (University of British Columbia)

5 PM – 7 PM: Launch Event of The Lancet Series on Gender Equality, Norms, and Health

Hosted by: The Lancet
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 205 – 207

The new Lancet Series explores how restrictive gender norms affect every aspect of everyone’s wellbeing. The Series offers new perspectives and evidence on the impact of gender inequalities and norms on health, and the opportunities that exist to transform gender norms and inequalities.

5:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Gender-Smart Investing Summit @ Women Deliver

Hosted by: Gender-Smart Investing Summit & Acumen
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 223-224

Join hundreds of leaders passionate about leveraging investment as a tool to promote gender equality as we learn about the state of the gender lens investing field, exchange challenges, solutions, and resources, enjoy updates on industry commitments and share new ones, and participate in action-oriented dialogues to expand networks and knowledge. 

 

Wednesday June 5th

10 AM – 12 PM: Coffee with Henriette Ceyrac

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada
Fueling Station, Booth 380

This session is part of Grand Challenges Canada’s “Behind the Innovation” series, which aims to give innovators a platform to showcase their innovations, engage with fellow Women Deliver participants, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned along their entrepreneurial journey.

*Featuring innovator Henriette Ceyrac (Founder, Pan Ka Lay)

12 PM – 1:30 PM: Social Enterprise Pitch: Day Two

Fueling Station, Power Stage

A live competition featuring 10 outstanding social entrepreneurs, who will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of experts that their product or idea has potential to transform the lives of girls and women. Three winners will receive a cash prize that can be used to scale up their mission-driven business.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: In With the New: Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada, MIT Solve, Skoll Foundation
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 223-224

From AI to big data, the trends of tomorrow are being shaped by those in STEM careers today. Yet women and other underrepresented groups are often excluded due to structural barriers and unconscious biases. Hear from innovators and educators fighting to break down barriers and pave a pathway for a more diverse and inclusive STEM sector of the future.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovator Doreen Kessy (Ubongo Learning)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Coffee with Doreen Kessy

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada
Fueling Station, Booth 380

This session is part of Grand Challenges Canada’s “Behind the Innovation” series, which aims to give innovators a platform to showcase their innovations, engage with fellow Women Deliver participants, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned along their entrepreneurial journey.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovator Doreen Kessy (COO, Ubongo Learning)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Coffee with Tatiana Reyes Jove

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada
Fueling Station, Booth 380

This session is part of Grand Challenges Canada’s “Behind the Innovation” series, which aims to give innovators a platform to showcase their innovations, engage with fellow Women Deliver participants, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned along their entrepreneurial journey.

*Featuring GCC-funded innovator Tatiana Reyes Jove (Programs Director, Be Girl)

 

Thursday June 6th

8 AM – 9:30 AM: Innovative Finance: Lessons Learned and Opportunities

Hosted by: Grand Challenges Canada, Nutrition International
Steamworks Brew Pub, Uber Lounge (375 Water St)

This panel discussion and networking event, which will bring together key players from the development, innovation and investment communities will explore how Canadian public, private, and non-profit organizations can join forces to leverage innovative finance tools that deliver positive outcomes for both the host communities and investors. 

12 PM – 1:30 PM: AmplifyChange Live! @ Women Deliver 2019

Hosted by: AmplifyChange
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 109

AmplifyChange is running a live grant-making session to support movement building for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Fiveshort-listed applicants will share their project on stage, take questions, and receive feedback. Two organisations will receive grants. During the judging AmplifyChange will lead a discussion on global SRHR grant-making.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Capital for Women: Gender Lens Investing

Hosted by: International Finance Corporation, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Women for Women International
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 110

How do we get more capital into the hands of women and how do we increase the number of women in financial sector leadership positions? By taking a 360 degree look at gender lens investing solutions – from capital management to technical advice – this session will explore the power of women and finance. 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Innovative Ideas: A Think-a-Thon

Hosted by: Advocates for Youth, AfriYAN, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Vancouver Convention Center, Room 306

This session will take the form of a think-a-thon to support the development of innovations and entrepreneurship by young people. ‘It’s always been done like this’ isn’t a sentence you will hear in this session! Working in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real-life projects, this session is a participatory exercise in lateral thinking for students, entrepreneurs, development practitioners, policy makers and more. Come contribute your knowledge and expertise to develop approaches for youth innovation, and define how you want to see the world in 2030!