Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs

October 13-15, 2005 – Vancouver, British Columbia


What kinds of policies will ensure that women's economic security needs are met? This conference will focus on defining policies and changes necessary in the areas of:

• Employment standards and barriers to labour force participation;

• Social assistance and social policy;

• Community-based heath care.

This conference was held from October 13th to 15th in Vancouver and welcomed both academic and community-based participants. It was sponsored by the Economic Security Project, a multi-year research initiative funded by the SSHRC-Community-University Research Alliance grant. The principle partners in this alliance are the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC and the Women’s Studies Department at Simon Fraser University.

    The intent of the conference will be to “imagine” and analyze effective public policy as it pertains to women in each of these areas. While some critique of existing policy will certainly occur, the main point will be to try to advance a progressive agenda for the future.

The Economic Security Project has public policy in British Columbia as its primary focus, but the conference particularly welcomes the participation of others in Canada and other countries.


October 13, 2005 7:00 - 9:00pm

SFU Harbour Centre

Hastings St West, Vancouver, BC

This event is open to the public and free of charge.




Keynote Speaker: Monique Bégin

  • "Meeting Women's Needs: Imaginative Government & Imaginative Public Policy"
  • The focus of her discussion will be how government can design public policy to better meet women's economic security needs. It will deal more specifically with public policy in heath care and labour.

Monique Bégin was the first woman from Quebec to be elected to the House of Commons in October 1972. She was re-elected in 1974, 1979, 1980. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1975), as Minister of National Revenue (1976) and as Minister of National Health and Welfare (1977 to 1984) before leaving politics in September 1984. A university professor since, Ms. Bégin is currently Visiting Professor of Health Administration in the School of Management, University of Ottawa, and Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. She is also serving as a Commissioner on the World Health Organization Independent Commission on Social Determinants of Health.



October 14-15, 2005

SFU Harbour Centre

Hastings St West, Vancouver, BC