Challenging Poverty: Measuring, Experiencing and Moving Beyond

Spring Event: May 6, 2016

On May 6, the Women’s Xchange hosted its sixth event aimed at building capacity among academic, community and student women’s health researchers. The sold-out event, titled Challenging Poverty: Measuring, Experiencing and Moving Beyond, brought together researchers from across the province to learn more about the  challenge of measuring and living in poverty, and current strategies that exist to challenge poverty. The event featured two engaging panel discussion moderated by Anita Khan from National Campaign 2000 and Family Service Toronto.  The first panel on the challenge of measuring and living with poverty included Dawnmarie Harriot from Voices from the Street and Michaela Ferguson and Pamela Chynn from the Sistering speaker’s bureau. Following the first panel discussion, graduate students from across Ontario gave outstanding two-minute oral presentations or displayed poster presentations about their research on women’s health. They presented on a range of topics, including violence against women, breast cancer, and sexual and reproductive health. Two students received an Award of Excellence for their presentations:  Kelly Coons from Laurentian University and Andréanne Chaumont from the University of Ottawa. The second panel discussion on strategies that challenge poverty included Pauline Hockenstein from Woodgreen Community Services, Lia Grimanis from Up With Women, and Sheila Regehr from Basic Income Canada Network. The event also featured $15K Challenge project videos, audience “pop-ups” on local initiatives, breakout rooms during lunch on available funding opportunities and a $15K Challenge networking event.

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Opening Statements
Marilyn Emery, CEO, Women’s College Hospital
Paula Rochon, VP Research, Lead of Women’s Xchange, Women’s College Hospital

9:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Measuring and Experiencing Poverty

  • Moderator: Anita Khanna, National Campaign 2000 and Family Service Toronto
  • TBD (Sistering speakers bureau)
  • Dawnmarie Harriott (Voices from the Street)
10:15 a.m.

Student Research Oral Presentations

10:45 a.m.

Break - Coffee and Snacks

Opportunity to view Student Research Posters in Pink Cube

11:15 a.m.

Panel 2: Moving Beyond: Strategies to Challenge Poverty

  • Moderator: Anita Khanna, National Campaign 2000 and Family Service Toronto
  • Pauline Hockenstein, Woodgreen Community Services– Homeward Bound
  • Lia Grimanis, Up With WomenSheila Regehr, Basic Income Canada Network
12:15 p.m.

Audience Pop Up: Poverty Initiatives

$15K Challenge Video Screening

12:45 p.m.

Student Research Award Presentation

Closing Statements

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


$15K Challenge Networking to follow in Pink Cube

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