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Gender Summit North America

November 6, 2017 - November 8, 2017

From November 6 to 8, 2017, close to 600 advocates of gender equality policy from science, innovation and development fields will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada. It is a great honour for Canada to welcome the Summit and all of its participants for the first time. Those present will not only have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions under the overarching theme of “Pluralism, Ethnicity & Inclusion – Canadian Values in a Global Context” but they will also have the unique opportunity of participating in Canada’s 150th and the city of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

The Gender Summit North America 2017 will be co-hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, in collaboration with many other organizations, including Portia Ltd. from the UK, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the International Development Research Centre, the National Science Foundation from the US, and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique from France.

The Gender Summits are a series of interconnected, action-based events held across the globe since 2011. They follow the theme of “Quality Research and Innovation through Equality.” Their aim is to make gender equality in research and innovation the norm and to embed gender equality as a primary dimension of quality. The agenda promises stimulating discussions on themes like the benefits of pluralism, Canada and its commitments to supporting diversity, diversity in an international context, diversity and leadership, perspectives from academia, society and grassroots approaches, and many more.

We invite members from industry, academia, research organizations, businesses, education, and other groups interested in gender equality issues to follow the discussions and participate in the dialogue emerging from the Gender Summit North America 2017.

For more information, contact us at or

Serge Villemure
Director, Scholarships, Fellowships and
Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering

Maryse Lassonde
Scientific Director
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies


November 6, 2017
November 8, 2017
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