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Women and Justice:

A Thought Provoking and Action Focused Approach to Issues that Impact Women Today

The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada is delighted to offer four eloquent, prominent, articulate women in a series of webinars for people who are socially active, intellectually curious and determined to enhance the field of justice.


This year, on four Wednesdays—September 23, September 30, October 7, and October 14—our speakers will address economic, historical, medical and social issues that impact women today.  Webinars will start via Zoom 8 pm EST, 6 pm MT, 5 pm PST, the series will be unmissable. 


NCJWC is proud to present this initiative, featuring Linda Silver Dranoff,  Marni Pernica, Pamela Jeffrey and Dr. Patricia Daly.  Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, is open to the public through registration, and will address the judicial issues facing women today.

Not just a review of current issues, the series will offer opportunities for action.

Linda Silver Dranoff is a lawyer whose solo practice has been focused on precedent-setting, socially relevant legislation while helping people navigate the legal system.  A columnist for Chatelaine magazine for over 25 years, she provided empowering information for women and along the way authored four books on women and the law, culminating in her memoir, Fairly Equal:  Lawyering the Feminist Revolution. Her activism resulted in reforms in family law and she has been awarded national recognition by her university and her peers; the most recent award was for the Order of Canada. Topic: It's long Past Time for Women to Achieve Justice and Equality

Marni Pernica is a lawyer whose focus has been on working closely with her clients to assure practical and effective guidance in areas such as estate planning, succession planning, estate administration and powers of attorney.  Highly regarded for her strong relationship-building skills, her work ranges from planning for young families to layered families whose interest in intergenerational transitions is often hugely complex.  She is sought out by business leaders for her expertise in tax, estate and succession issues. Topic:

Estate Planning 101: The Importance of Understanding your Estate Plan

Patricia Jeffery, Founder, Women’s Executive Network (WXN),  Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and The Canadian Board Diversity Council is recognized internationally as an expert on women in leadership, inclusion and diversity best practices.  With an extensive background in business, governance and politics, she most recently founded the Prosperity Project, an initiative designed to mitigate the impact of COVID 19 on women most affected by it. Her work has been consistently dedicated to increasing the representation of women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ members on various boards. Topic: 


When Women Succeed, We all Prosper- Don't Let COVID-19 hold us back

Dr. Patricia Daly is the Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President, Public Health

for Vancouver Coastal Health and a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and

Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

As Chief Medical Health Officer, her primary mandate is to improve the health of the

more than one million people served by Vancouver Coastal Health through population

health approaches and public health initiatives. Her mandate includes public health

surveillance, communicable disease and outbreak control, prevention programs, harm

reduction, environmental health, health promotion and advocacy.

Topic: Women and Medical Leadership - barriers for female physicians accessing leadership roles


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