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Engaging Men in Gender Equality Initiatives

Women are underrepresented in most companies, particularly among senior leadership teams—and companies are missing out as a result. Recent studies show that when men become actively involved in gender diversity, 96% report making progress on advancing women in leadership. On the flip side, among companies where men are not involved, only 30% show progress.

Join Minerva BC as we explore the topic of engaging men in gender diversity initiatives. Presenters will speak about their perspectives on gender equality and the role of men. The individual presentations will be followed by time for questions, and also table discussion amongst breakfast attendees.

Our goal is to create a space for authentic dialogue that invites more men into the conversation. Our hope is that through candid discussion and shared learning, we can all work together to create a more equal future for everyone.



Jake Stika – Executive Director, Next Gen Men

Jake Stika is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Next Gen Men, a nonprofit organization promoting positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity in schools, communities, and workplaces across Canada. He has been named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, he has spoken as part of the Canadian delegation at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum and UN Women Safe Cities Global Forum.

Jessi Dhanju – Advisor, BC Construction Association’s Builders Code, and Human Rights Advocate | Diversity & Inclusion Aficionado | Lawyer & Consultant

A seedling of immigrant parents, Jessi is a proud Edmonton born, world raised, Human Rights Lawyer and an equity, diversity and inclusion aficionado. Continuing to be the change that he wants to see in the world, Jessi utilizes his platform to lead and support culture change. Jessi is fluent in 3 languages, has resided in 4 countries and traveled to over 30. This continuous exposure to different cultures & values has allowed Jessi to hone his skills and challenge the status quo domestically, and internationally.

Additional speakers to be confirmed



7:45am Registration opens

8-8:30am: Breakfast and networking

8:30-9:30am: Program



Regular $50

Students $25 (will be asked to show student card at registration)



Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews

Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3





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