The Power Lunch
YWCA Edmonton proudly presents The Power Lunch Speaker Series. Join us as we host powerful conversations spotlighting influential Canadian women. Grab your lunch and prepare to be inspired.
Our inaugural speaker is Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. The St. Albert, Alberta native is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Appointed in 2019, Ambassador O’Neill’s primary role is advising ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, and numerous departments that are implementing Canada’s ground-breaking National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
When: Tuesday, May 26; 12-1 p.m. MT
Topic: “Women, Peace and Security: Canada’s First Ambassador On What It Is And Why It Matters”. Ambassador O’Neill’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Limited spots are available so register today! We will be using the Zoom meeting platform. A link to join the meeting will be emailed out to all registrants 12-24 hours prior to the start time. The event will be recorded and posted on the YWCA Edmonton website.
While these are free events and open to all, please consider donating to YWCA Edmonton. Our organization has been serving and empowering women and families in Edmonton and region since 1907. Our mission is to help build a stronger, safer and equitable community for everyone.
Other confirmed speakers for YWCA Edmonton’s The Power Lunch speaker series, include:
Kelley Keehn, Best-selling author, Talk Money To Me
June 9; 12-1 p.m. MST
Maya Roy, YWCA Canada CEO
June 23; 12-1 p.m. MT
Kasey Machin, Parity YEG Co-founder and Chair
July 7; 12-1 p.m. MT
Tanya Talaga, Award-winning Author and Journalist
Registration for these events will open in the coming days and weeks. Watch this space and our YWCA Edmonton social media feeds for more information and how you can get involved.
Jacqueline O’Neill is Canada’s first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. Appointed by the Prime Minister in June 2019, her primary role is to advise ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, and numerous other departments engaged in implementing Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Previously, Ambassador O’Neill was President of The Institute for Inclusive Security, a US-based organization that increased the inclusion of women in peace negotiations and related processes, including the reform of police and military organizations. Over 13 years at Inclusive Security, she supported the creation of national strategies and policy frameworks for more than 30 countries, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations. She also worked directly with coalitions of women leaders in Colombia, South Sudan, Sudan, Pakistan, and beyond.
Prior to that, Ambassador O’Neill worked at the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan and at Khartoum’s Ahfad University for Women. Along with former Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, she helped found the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative to eliminate the use of children during conflict. She was also a policy advisor to Canada’s Secretary of State for the Asia-Pacific region.
Most recently, Ambassador O’Neill was a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council. She has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.