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Women, The Pandemic and the Future of Work

The impact of the pandemic has disproportionally impacted marginalized communities, especially impacting women in the workforce across sectors. In this session you will hear from four exceptional leaders speaking to the specific challenges facing women in different fields as we move past the pandemic and into a new era of work. Participants will leave the session with specific strategies for corporations, industries, and organizations to consider as we move to rebuild our economies. As our first in-person event, time is dedicated for networking and building partnerships and connections as we work towards creating a future world of work together.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday June 28, 2022
 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: International Graduate School - Humber College
Address: 59 Hayden Street-4th Floor, Toronto ON, M4Y 2P2

This is our second event in the EnVision the Future World of Work series and our first in-person event through Humber’s Industry and Community Connector Hub (ICHub) at the International Graduate School in downtown Toronto. The ICHub is where industry, academia and students converge to drive innovation, solve business challenges, collaborate on impactful projects, and deliver excellence in training and professional development.


Andrea Spender

Andrea Spender

CEO, The Prosperity Project

With 20+ years of cross-sector experience in corporate, non-profit, public sector, and post-secondary education across three countries, Andrea brings a strong and diverse background in strategy, policy, operations, project management, research, and stakeholder engagement. She is a Certified Change Practitioner with a proven track record of leading new initiatives and transformational change.​

At the City of Toronto - TPL, Andrea built and led an Enterprise Project Management Office, was a key developer of the strategic plan, created and implemented a Policy Development Framework, and led the COVID-19 Response and Recovery. At Bard College, Andrea co-built, co-led, and was a Faculty member in the MBA in Sustainability, a top ranked social and environmentally conscious MBA program. She also led the Global Executive MBA at the Rotman School of Management. Andrea began her career at McKinsey & Company and BMO Nesbitt Burns (now BMO Capital Markets).

Passionate about equity and inclusion, Andrea has been involved in women’s advancement and leadership initiatives throughout her career, including a leadership role at U.S. based non-profit the National Council for Research on Women (now ICRW), creating a leadership development program for 100+ women leaders, and authoring reports and articles on issues impacting women.​

Monika Tamber

Monika Tamber

P.Eng., CISSP, CCSP, CISM, Director, Security Governance, Payments Canada

Award winning Cyber Security and Engineering Leader, with over 15+ years of experience spanning Financial services, Telecommunications and Semiconductor industries. Monika has had a diverse career in the engineering field with over 10 years of expertise before moving to Cyber Security. Educational background includes a Computer Engineering degree from Schulich School of Engineering. She holds a Professional Engineer designation and numerous certifications in the field of Information Security. She has received many awards and recognition for her work, such as being recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity , Diversity and Equity Alumni Award and Spotlight Award for her work as a Security Architect at the Bank of Montreal.

Outside of work, she is passionate about empowering women and youth in the field of Engineering, Technology and Cyber Security. She is an active mentor and speaker on topics related to Diversity and Inclusion.

Sara Asalya

Sara Asalya

MEd. Executive Director at Newcomer Women’s Services

Sara Asalya is an award-winning leader who brings more than 13 years of experience working internationally and in Canada in various sectors including not-for-profit, NGOs, think tank and higher education institutions. Sara has collaborated and worked on different research and policy development projects and has published editorials on national media outlets focused on refugee displacement and resettlement, refugees’ access and pathways to higher education, immigrant women economic integration & resilience. Sara holds a Master’s in Education in Higher Education from the University of Toronto and is an incoming phD student in the department of leadership, higher and adult education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Sara is the Founder and former Executive Director of Newcomer Students’ Association and the Executive Director of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto.

Zenia Wadhwani

Zenia Wadhwani

Executive Director, Woodbine Cares Foundation

Zenia Wadhwani currently leads corporate citizenship efforts at Woodbine Entertainment but has been fortunate to work in all three sectors, doing what she likes to call “the good stuff,” the stuff that matters to individuals, communities, society and the planet. As a strong believer in the power of practices that engage, ideas that build, programs that include, and stories that speak to diversity, Zenia has spent the last twenty plus years advocating, designing and implementing initiatives that do just that. She’s had the honour of giving her time to United Way Toronto, CanadaHelps, the Toronto PanAm/ParapanAm Games and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She’s described as a consummate planner of anything and everything; a huge fan of books and reading; a lactose-intolerant ice cream lover; a traveler that hasn’t travelled nearly enough; a fan of Bridgerton, Master’s Chef and Handmaid’s Tale; and is repeatedly saddened by the never-ending loads of laundry in her home.


Gina Antonacci

Dr. Gina Antonacci

Senior Vice President Academic

Gina Antonacci is the Senior Vice-President, Academic at Humber College. Gina began her career at Humber as a part-time faculty member in the Police Foundations Program. She then went on to become a program coordinator, associate dean, dean and associate vice-president, academic. Before joining Humber, Gina worked for the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services as a Probation and Parole officer and a Senior Staff Development Officer.

Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Niagara University, and a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her dissertation entitled "The Transformation of Three Colleges to Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario” explores the transformation of three colleges in Ontario and the manner in which they adapted as they expanded their credentials to include baccalaureate degrees.

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About the Humber International Graduate School (Humber IGS)

The Humber IGS is located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor and offers Ontario graduate certificate programs in business and technology to learners around the world. Designed purposefully as a professional learning environment, the Humber IGS provides learners with graduate level skills and qualifications preparing them for careers in Canada and beyond. The Humber IGS is focused on building a global community that inspires and delivers innovation in teaching and learning for international learners, industry, and the local community.