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Panel Discussion: Engaging Men to Advance Women - How men in the “tough” sectors like Technology and Mining engage and support women’s career advancement

8:00 to 8:30 am check-in and breakfast; 8:30 am sharp to 9:30 am panel discussion

Event Details

Initiative for Women in Business | Panel Discussion | Speaker Series

Date: Thursday November 07, 2019 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Speaker(s): David Pathe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sherritt International Corporation

Neil Fraser, President, Medtronic Canada

Jonathan Lister, Country Manager and VP, Global Sales Solutions, LinkedIn Canada

MODERATOR: Professor Beatrix Dart, Executive Director, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business
Topic: Panel Discussion: Engaging Men to Advance Women - How men in the “tough” sectors like Technology and Mining engage and support women’s career advancement
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $20.00 plus HST per person (1 seat for the talk and continental breakfast)
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Session Synopsis:

Many discussions on gender equality focus on women sharing their stories and challenges. However, gender equality is a societal issue, not a women's one. To truly make a difference, solutions have to be found jointly by men and women. But we simply don't hear enough from men willing to be champions of gender equality. What are the challenges they are facing? For example, one doesn't have to read too many newspaper headlines these days to understand that there are substantial risks to the organisation with sexual harassment cases. Or has fear of political incorrectness prevented honest feedback discussions to take place, hindering the career advancement of women? Should you treat your female leaders in the organisation differently than your male leaders? How do you navigate avoiding biases and stereotypes while still being authentic in your own leadership style? This is amplified by the perception of being in a male-dominated industry sector such as technology and mining.

In this panel discussion moderated by Professor Beatrix Dart, she will discuss the efforts being undertaken by these three CEOs and leaders in the mining and tech industries:  Panelists are David Pathe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sherritt International Corporation, Neil Fraser, President, Medtronic Canada and Jonathan Lister, Country Manager and VP, Global Sales Solutions, LinkedIn Canada.

Speaker Biographies:

David Pathe is Co-Chair of the 30% Club of Canada and is committed to meaningful, sustainable gender balance in business leadership.

David Pathe was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation effective January 1, 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Pathe served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation from March 2011, as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from July 2009, as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from October 2008 and as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary from June 2007. Prior to joining Sherritt, Mr. Pathe worked as a lawyer at Linklaters LLP in London and Paris and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto.

Neil Fraser is passionate about gender diversity and under his leadership, Medtronic Canada is a founding sponsor of The Judy Project at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Under his leadership, Medtronic has won several awards for employee engagement, including being rated one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Women.  

Neil became President of Medtronic Canada in 2004 following numerous commercial positions. Under Neil’s leadership, Medtronic Canada has been a significant leader in business model innovation, market position, productivity and efficiency. He is proud of the high level of engagement among employees faced with a challenging healthcare environment, and one of the largest integrations in medical device history following the acquisition of Covidien in 2015.

Neil is passionate and engaged in shaping the Canadian health technology market environment through stakeholder engagement strategies both federally and provincially, and driving an innovation agenda that will result in better health care for Canadians. He is a frequent speaker in this field across Canada and holds the following appointments:

Neil is particularly proud to have been the executive sponsor of one of the most important cardiology device trials ever conducted in Canada: RAFT (Resynchronization/Defibrillation for Ambulatory Heart Failure Trial) which recruited 1,798 patients, 90% from Canada, and resulted in new guidelines worldwide for Heart Failure (HF). This study led to the successful NCE (Canadian Arrhythmia Network) of which Neil is now a board member.

Prior to Medtronic, Neil worked for Alcan Canada Products Ltd. and was responsible for the introduction of aluminum cans to Canada, including the initiation of curbside recycling programs in Ontario and Quebec in partnership with Environment Ministries.  He also worked for Procter & Gamble Inc. where he was responsible for the start-up of a new automated cake mix technology and the patented invention of a new solvent-based household cleaner technology which became a world product: Liquid Spic & Span®.

Neil Fraser has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.  He holds a P.Eng. and is a member of Professional Engineers – Ontario.


Jonathan Lister works with people and at companies trying to make the world a better place. He believes technology will raise the education, employment and living standards for billions of people around the world if it is made a priority. It's his personal mission to play a role in that transformation. One of the key ways Jonathan is helping to manifest that mission is by investing in initiatives, projects and enterprises focused on closing the gender and diversity gaps.

Jonathan has held progressive leadership roles with LinkedIn over the last 9 years and now is the Country Manager for Canada and Vice-President, Global Sales Solutions. He is the past Country Manager and Managing Director of Google Canada and past Senior Vice President, Operations at AOL International. Jonathan continues to advise software start ups;, Hubba and PartnerStack as well as StackAdapt, a machine learning and data science based advertising agency. He is a past Board Member at Atomic Reach and Flashstock, which was sold to Shutterstock. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Beatrix Dart
 is a Professor of Strategy and the Executive Director of the Initiative for Women in Business. Beatrix teaches courses in Management Consulting and Corporate Strategy, in particular the development of growth strategies for international companies. She joined Rotman in 2000 following a successful career with McKinsey & Company, and served as the Academic Director and Associate Dean for Executive Degree Programs until 2015. In addition, she is a corporate director for EllisDon, and chaired the steering committee for The 30% Club in Canada.


Series Host: Rotman Initiative for Women in Business

Series Sponsor: Air Canada

For more information, please contact Monique Burke, Program Assistant, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business at

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