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Culture Shift: How Today's Young Men Will Be Tomorrow's Change-Makers

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Art Gallery of Burlington

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Burlington, ON L7S 1A9

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As part of the UN Secretary General's Orange Campaign to end gender-based violence, we present this special program to educate and empower all who attend. Violence against women and girls can and must be eliminated, and everyone can play a part in this movement.

Join us for this FREE event at the beautiful Art Gallery of Burlington for a special night featuring a guest panel and discussion. This year's event highlights the ways in which male allies are essential to the fight against gender-based violence, and about how young men are driving changes in attitudes in our society, and are shifting our culture toward safety and respect for all women and girls.

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Glen Canning

Glen is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. He is the father of Rehtaeh Parsons a Nova Scotia teenager who was sexually assaulted by 4 males in November 2011. Rehtaeh ended her life April 4, 2013, following months of cyber-abuse and victim blaming. Glen has spoken about Rehtaeh’s case internationally and across Canada. Along with his daughter’s mother, Leah Parsons, he has helped bring about changes to the Criminal Code of Canada. For his work, Glen and Leah, along with Amanda Todd’s mother Carol, received the Rosalind Award for Advocacy in 2013.

Gillian Hnatiw

Gillian is a partner at Adair Goldblatt Bieber law practice. She is an accomplished litigator with a diverse practice and in particular she is one of Canada’s foremost practitioners in the areas of sexual assault, harassment and violence. In addition to her skilled advocacy, Gillian is renowned for her compassion and human touch. Passionate about the advancement and empowerment of women, she sits on the Board of the Women’s Legal and Education Fund (LEAF) and frequently consults on issues of equality and diversity within the legal profession. She served as the legal representative for one of the complainants in the Jian Ghomeshi assault trial.

Talib Hussain

Talib is the CEO of SYChem Inc. and a male ally. He is a volunteer and financial supporter of the Strengthening Ties project of Women’s Shelters Canada. Strengthening Ties is a fundraising initiative for men to financially support Canada’s violence against women shelters across Canada. The project’s goal is to raise money to increase shelter spaces as well as advocating for culture change to eliminate violence against women.

Julie S. Lalonde

Julie is an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and public educator. A franco-ontarienne originally from Northern Ontario she is based in Ottawa. Julie holds a BA and MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and works with various feminist organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders and building communities of support. Julie is a frequent media source on issues of violence against women. She has won numerous awards for her work, including “Best Volunteer in a Leading Role” by Volunteer Ottawa, a two time winner of the “Femmy Award” and she is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Sponsored by GRAN Golden Horseshoe, SAVIS of Halton, Nina's Place, The Women's Centre of Halton, and WHAM.

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