PAAC: Women in Public Affairs (WIPA) Relaunch

Women in Public Affairs (WIPA) Relaunch
featuring an evening Q&A with Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction

Join the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) on September 25th for the exciting relaunch of its Women in Public Affairs (WIPA) series.

The event will feature a thought-provoking Q&A with CivicAction CEO, Sevaun Palvetzian, which will focus on the importance of civic engagement and building leadership experience. We anticipate a fun, engaging, and a fresh take on how we can encourage more women to get involved in the future of their communities, with public affairs being one important way of doing that.

One of Canada’s leading experts on civic engagement, Ms. Palvetzian has been CEO of CivicAction since January 2014. Under her leadership, CivicAction has focused on building inclusive cities with the launch of the CivicAction Leadership Foundation to change the face of leadership in our region and initiatives focused on youth unemployment and mental health in the workplace which level the playing field of opportunity and access. Throughout her career, Sevaun has advocated for new voices at the tables of influence including championing the next generation of leaders.

Amanda Galbraith joins Ms. Palvetzian in this discussion in the role of moderator. Ms. Galbraith is a Principal at Navigator, and has more than fifteen years of communications experience having worked in the federal and municipal government, the private sector, on political campaigns, and as a journalist. Prior to joining Navigator, Ms. Galbraith was Director of Communications to the Mayor Toronto.

As in most industries, women, though well-represented in the lower and middle echelons of the public affairs world, are under-represented in top posts. There are some incredibly successful and inspirational women at the upper echelons of public affairs, but many more who aspire to get there and struggle to achieve it.

For a decade, PAAC has profiled numerous successful women in public affairs in candid conversation with our members and guests.

Building on the success of these events and carefully listening to feedback from its members, PAAC is pleased to relaunch WIPA, with a clear focus on delivering events and discussions that go beyond the regular topics and encourage participation from women at any stage in her career.

With WIPA, PAAC is committed to create an opportunity for women across the industry to come together in an informal setting, to share experiences, ideas and explore how we can work together to build a more diverse and representative public affairs industry.

Space is limited. Be sure to register ASAP to avoid missing out on this exciting event!

September 25, 2018

The Samara Centre for Democracy – 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto

Registration Fee:
$25 per person + HST

5:30pm to 6:00pm: Refreshments/Registration
6:00pm to 7:00pm: Q&A and with Sevaun Palvetzian and Amanda Galbraith
7:00pm – 7:30pm:  Networking

Register Here >>

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Lois Marsh, Managing Director


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