Stay tuned as we finalize our lineup of speakers for 2020. Speakers will be added as confirmation is received.
Dillon Black Dillon Black, M.S.W. (they/them) is a gender-nonconforming feminist anti-violence and LGBTQ+ rights advocate and current Ph.D. fellow with the eQuality Project in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Dillon's Ph.D. research hopes to interrogate the intersections of privacy, gender-based violence, and surveillance technologies. For the past seven years, Dillon has worked with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) on improving institutional accountability in response to gender-based violence to meet the needs of marginalized communities both locally and nationally. Dillon has served the last two years on the Minister on the Status of Women’s Advisory Council to help shape the federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. More recently, Dillon was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency. In 2018, Dillon was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Policy on Gender Equality.
Bridget Tolley Bridget Tolley is Algonquin grandmother from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec, Canada. Her mother, Gladys Tolley, was struck and killed by a police car in October 2001, which galvanized Bridget to action and led her to become a committed activist in the family-led movement to end violence and the disappearance and murder of Indigenous women and girls. Bridget is a founding member of Families of Sisters in Spirit and Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition, planning vigils at Parliament Hill to support families and raise awareness. She is also active in other social justice causes related to police violence, Indigenous education, housing, and child welfare.
Clary Chambers A powerhouse in her own right, this ambitious, queer women of colour who lives with a chronic illness is definitely one to spark joy in any room. Nicknamed Joy Queen by those closest to her Clary Chambers continues to spread kindness and positivity on her road to entrepreneurial success. As an inspirational speaker, car accident survivor, fibro-warrior, self-care expert, coach and very funny human, Clary Chambers has made her mark on the wellness community. In the summer of 2017 she launched Spark Clarity, a business with a simple but powerful intention; empowering folks to live their most authentic lives. As a mental health and disability advocate she has given over 35 engaging and humorous talks in her first year of business alone. Speaking to a wide range of audiences, Clary has been able to share her contagious energy and zest for life across Canada with large crowds of 500+, intimate groups of 10 and everything in between. Working with universities, business owners, students, members of the community and political figures Clary inspires others to challenge the status quo, and create more inclusive and accessible spaces especially for folks of colour and those who identify as LGTBQ+. Clary is thrilled to be apart of the Women’s March in Ottawa this year as MC and a vendor with Spark Clarity. You can check out the work that Clary is up to and her bad-ass journal prompts over at her table, at sparkclarity.ca and @SparkClarity on all social media!
Barâa Arar Barâa Arar is a recent graduate of Carleton University’s College of Humanities with a research focus in art history, politics, and colonial resistance. She is a community organizer, writer, and the co-host of The Watering Hole podcast. She tweets at @livewellspoken