Keynote Speakers


Opening Keynote

Jen Gunter

Speaker:  Dr. Jen Gunter

Dr. Jen Gunter is an obstetrician and gynecologist with nearly three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. She is the author of the #1 national bestseller The Vagina Bible, and has been called Twitter's resident gynecologist, the Internet's OB/GYN, and a fierce advocate for women's health. She writes two regular columns for The New York Times, called "The Cycle" (monthly) and "You Asked" (weekly), and has written for a broad range of outlets, from academic publications to The New Republic, Chatelaine, Self, The Cut, and many more. Plus, her CBC Gem series, Jensplaining. Her new book, The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism is available in late May.

Image credit: Dr. Jen Gunter

Plenary

Marcia Anderson

Speaker: Dr. Marcia Anderson

Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. Her family roots go to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Indigenous Services Canada-Manitoba Region. She is the Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health and the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. She is a Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and Past Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network.

Sponsored by the University of Manitoba Libraries. Image credit: Dr. Marcia Anderson

Speaker:  Jen Grant

Jen Grant

Jen Grant has performed at every major comedy festival in the country multiple times including the Hub Cap Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Festival, the Ha!ifax and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and more. She can be heard on CBC's "The Debaters" and has her own TV special on The Comedy Network. Jen was the first Canadian finalist of the Boston Comedy Competition, was profiled in Ottawa Life Magazine as one of 25 most influential people in the capital, and was listed as one of five funniest people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine. She also has had the honour of performing for the troops in the Middle East. After living in Vancouver, Toronto and New York City, Jen has planted roots in a small town in Quebec just outside Ottawa and tours the country performing standup comedy and keynote speeches.

Image credit: Jen Grant

Closing Keynote

Niigaan Sinclair

Speaker: Niigaan Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People" and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2019 he won Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is an international media commentator as a part of the "Power Panel" on CBC's Power & Politics and National Affairs panel on CBC's The Current.

Image credit: Niigaan Sinclair