CALGARY: Mayoral Candidate Panel Discussion - Women’s Economic Recovery  - Lean in Canada

Calgary’s mayoral candidates discuss women’s economic empowerment 

As Mayor Nenshi completes his third and final term this October, Calgarians are preparing to elect a new mayor for the first time in nearly 11 years.

Economic recovery, specifically women’s economic recovery, will be of paramount concern for voters this Fall. From lack of access to affordable childcare, to skills training and mental health resources, women have been hit disproportionately hard by the effects of the pandemic. According to the Government of Canada, as of April of this year, more than 16,000 women have completely dropped out of the labour force, while the number of men in the workforce has grown by 91,000.

How do the 2021 mayoral candidates plan on correcting these inequalities?

Lean In | Calgary, in partnership with The 51, Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Madame Premier, is hosting a panel discussion with Calgary’s mayoral candidates. Moderated by Chamber President, Deborah Yedlin, this discussion will dive deep into each candidate’s plans for women’s economic recovery, from policies and promises to cultivate change, to access to key resources.

In this session you will:

  • Discover how candidates will address gender inequalities and planned policies to support women re-entering the workforce
  • Discover how women can move forward post-pandemic
  • Understand plans for change and policies to advance childcare, mental health, skills retraining and women’s economic participation


Confirmed candidates to date include:

Grace Yan –

Jyoti Gondek –

Jan Damery –

Brad Field –

Check their websites to learn more about their platforms before election day. And be sure to check back here, right up to the day of the event, to find the most up-to-date list of candidates you will hear from.


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