International Women’s Day 2020 – Initiatives taking place on university campuses across Ontario
March 6, 2020

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Ontario’s universities are proud to take part by hosting numerous events, discussions, activities and workshops that help promote the social, economic and political achievements of women.

Below is a list of some of the International Women’s Day initiatives taking place on our campuses across the province.


Algoma University is hosting an International Women’s Day Brunch, including a panel discussion of influential female leaders.

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Brock University is honouring some of the trailblazing women whose ideas, accomplishments, advocacy and resilience forever changed the university for the better.

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Carleton University is highlighting the work and accomplishments of 10 outstanding female faculty members, a small cross-section of the hundreds of women whose research, teaching and leadership contribute to the campus and community year-round.

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In honour of International Women’s Day, the University of Guelph’s Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing will be holding the fourth annual two-day interdisciplinary conference to showcase innovative research related to women and girls.

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Lakehead University is hosting an International Women’s Day Entrepreneur Panel in celebration of business start-ups that are led by women. Women entrepreneurs will share with the audience their greatest accomplishments and discuss challenges along their journey to running their own business.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, a number of activities are taking place in Greater Sudbury, including a sunrise ceremony and water walk, hosted by Laurentian University’s Indigenous Student Circle at 7 a.m.

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, McMaster University is inviting students, faculty and staff members to attend a discussion with keynote speaker Jessica Mathews, CEO of Unchartered Power.

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Nipissing University has organized workshops for students, co-organized with Consent Belongs Here and Student Development Services, as well as performances organized by the student-run Equity Centre.

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OCAD University is hosting Feminist Art Fest: Made by Feminists Market. The market is open to the public and features a curated selection of handmade goods, natural products and textiles.

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Ontario Tech

Ontario Tech University will be hosting Let’s Talk: Her Story, a panel event to create awareness around barriers women face when trying to access education globally.

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The University of Ottawa’s Library Archives and Special Collections team is hosting a screening of a selection of films that highlights issues and challenges surrounding women during the 1960s and 1990s.

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Queen’s Women’s Network (QWN) and Women in Science at Queen’s (WiSQ) are partnering with the Inclusive Community Fund, to celebrate International Women’s Day around the theme of #eachforequal. The one-hour event will have information on mentorship opportunities and support for women entrepreneurs.

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On March 11, Ryerson University is co-hosting Be Bold 2020 with the Global Experiential Sport Lab (GXS Lab) and She’s4Sports. This initiative will give a voice to bold game-changers who are making a difference in gender diversity in sports and creating spaces for women and girls to thrive across the industry.

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University of Toronto

The University of Toronto’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Sustainable Engineering Association (SEA) and the Global Engineering Club are hosting an International Women’s Day Gala on March 8 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event is meant to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of women in an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, professors and professionals.

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Trent University is hosting International Women’s Day: Together We Rise, an annual community gathering in partnership with Kawartha World Issues, Kawartha Sexual Assualt Centre, OPIRG Peterborough, Peterborough and District Labour Council and New Canadians Centre.

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The University of Waterloo is hosting International Women’s Day Dinner 2020 with welcome remarks from Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo and distinguished guest speaker, Lili Liu, Dean, Applied Health Sciences at the university.

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Western University’s Women in Science club is hosting a free evening of networking and socializing on March 9 to celebrate team building, learning and support for female engineers.

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Wilfrid Laurier University

On March 5, Wilfrid Laurier University hosted their third annual International Women’s Day Luncheon, including an insightful panel discussion on female leadership journeys and the impact women have on food distribution, access and sustainability.

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On March 9, the University of Windsor is hosting an International Women’s Day Fair, celebrating the achievements of women from all over the world.

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On March 3, York University unveiled the Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance (ELLA) – a program created by women, for women – in celebration of International Women’s Day. The 10-month accelerator program will support 54 women entrepreneurs from York Region and the GTA to build a more equal gender representation within business owners.

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As part of the International Women’s Day, the Athena Network hosted a Speed Networking (TGIT) event at the Royal Military College of Canada on March 5. During this event, members of the community were able to meet, chat and exchange with current and former CAF members, as well as, members of the RMC and Kingston community about issues relating to gender and a career in the Canadian Armed forces.

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