Conference Objectives

Learn the ins and outs of the powerful intersectional equity tool GBA Plus and how it can be integrated into your work

Explore leading intersectional quantitative and qualitative data gathering practices and trauma-informed methods

Unpack successful GBA Plus case studies and lessons learned to enhance buy-in and ensure sustainability

Learn tangible and actionable tools and strategies in completing a successful analysis of GBA Plus while adapting the tool to meet one's priorities of anti-racism, de-colonization, or indigenization

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Call for Abstracts

The Conference organizers invite abstract submissions for 15 – 20 minute engaging and inspiring presentations on various Conference panels (see Panel topics in the agenda).

We encourage submissions that share lived experiences in relation to identity populations and GBA Plus; can share a tangible case study or concrete example using GBA Plus successfully; and/or can educate and share research or innovative approaches to GBA Plus.

We encourage submissions from equity-deserving communities and people from all industries and sectors, including Government, non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, and private sector businesses.

Learn more about how to apply.


May 5, 2023 - Primer
4:00PM - 6:00PM MST: GBA Plus Optional Pre-Conference Primer

Preconference Primer Learn what to expect from the conference, how the conference will be run, what you will learn, how to ask questions, how to get involved and more.

Speakers coming soon.

May 8, 2023 - Day One
9:00AM-9:30AM MST: Land Acknowledgement & Introductory Remarks

Land Acknowledgement: To ground the day of learning in an acknowledgement and to honour the Indigenous lands which we are gathered on; to remember the historical oppression Indigenous communities have and continue to experience in this country, and to commit to continuous learning and action to advance equality.

9:30AM - 10:30AM MST: Keynote Speech: Government of Canada Ministerial Remarks (TBC)

To set the stage for the two-days of GBA Plus unlearning and learning. To build a foundation for the conference rooted in the urgency and importance of intersectional GBA Plus work. To clearly demonstrate why GBA Plus matters or should matter to all.

10:30AM - 10:45AM MST: BREAK
10:45AM - 12:00PM MST: Intersectionality: Intersectional Consultations and Qualitative Data Collection in GBA Plus

To provide a concrete understanding of intersectional data gathering and analysis leading practices, including quantitative intersectional analysis. This session will equip participants with tangible tools and methods for innovative and inclusive data gathering.

12:00PM - 12:30PM MST: LUNCH BREAK
12:30PM - 1:45PM MST: Quantification: The Role of Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis in GBA Plus

To equip participants with tools and methods for gathering qualitative and lived experience data and stories using creative, trauma-informed approaches, and innovative methods of analysis.

1:45PM - 2:00PM MST: Debrief/Closing Remarks

To debrief key takeaways and learnings from day one.

2:00PM - 2:30PM MST: Networking: Interactive

To match conference participants in small group networking sessions to build community, learn from each other, and participate in creative problem-solving on common GBA Plus challenges in a supportive environment.

May 9, 2023 - Day Two
9:00AM - 9:15AM MST: Introductory Remarks, Land Acknowledgement, and Day 1 Recap
9:15AM - 10:30AM MST: Keynote Speech

To kick-off the second day of learning with an inspiring presentation on the power and impact of GBA Plus.

10:30AM - 10:45AM MST : BREAK
10:45AM - 12:00PM MST : Evaluation and Monitoring: Assessing the Impact of GBA Plus

To discuss the common challenge of how to evaluate, monitor and report on GBA Plus outcomes. This session will provide participants with key performance indicators (KPIs), evaluation and monitoring strategies, and methods to effectively communicate impact while generating buy-in.

12:30PM-1:15PM MST: GBA Plus as a Tool to Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility + Anti-Racism

To discuss and discover how the equity tool, GBA Plus, can be employed to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism within organizations and in broader communities.

1:15PM - 2:00PM MST : Sustainability: Using GBA Plus to Make Lasting Changes

To equip participants with effective case studies and outcomes of successful GBA Plus projects in order to ‘make the case’ for GBA Plus sustainability; as well as to share lessons learned along the way. This session also aims to outline how to effectively introduce and roll-out GBA Plus to an organization while ensuring its sustainability in the long-run.

2:00PM - 2:15 MST: Debrief/Closing Remarks

To debrief key takeaways and learnings from both days of the conference.


Pre-conference Primer

Unfamiliar with GBA PLUS? No problem! Learn GBA Plus fundamentals in the pre-conference primer with a GBA Plus expert.

Student: CA$45.62
Equity-deserving groups: CA$56.76
Regular admission: CA$112.46

Early Bird (Present – Mar 1, 2023) 

Early Bird registration is a limited time offer and is available the moment registration opens until Mar 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM MDT. For current students, please refer to the student rates section.

General admission: CA$725.11
Equity-Deserving Group & Financial Need: CA$613.73
Student: CA$279.54
Group of 5: CA$3,342.82
Group of 10: CA$6,684.57

Regular Price (March 1 – May 7, 2023) 

As of March 1, until the day prior to the conference, May 7, 2023, the standard conference attendance rate will apply, with special package savings for group 5 and group 10 registrations.

Individual: CA$914.48
Equity-Deserving Group & Financial Need: CA$613.73
Student: CA$279.54
Group of 5: CA$4,345.35
Group of 10: CA$8,689.63


Common Questions

The Government of Canada defines the term “gender-based analysis plus” as “an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and people of all genders may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental or physical disability.”

More information on GBA+ is available on the Women and Gender Equality Canada Department website:

Anyone who has a professional, academic, or personal interest in improving their GBA Plus and diversity, equity, and inclusion skillset! Attendance is not limited to one field or professional association. Our first annual conference in 2021 had attendance ranging from academia, multiple levels of government, and civil society, among others.

Register for the conference by visiting the Canadian Equality Consulting website and accessing our EventBrite link. If you have questions about which ticket you’re applicable for, or questions about group purchasing, please contact: [email protected]

You will receive access to all of the plenary sessions, the concurrent sessions and the Welcome Reception, as well as access to the presenters' provided materials (Presentations, etc.)

As this will be a virtual conference on Zoom, no catering will be provided. CEC is currently in the process of negotiating a potential food delivery discount for attendees, to participate in a “shared” virtual lunch.

Yes. To cancel your registration, contact the CEC office at [email protected] After March 16th, no refunds will be given for conference registrations or special event tickets.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation link from EventBrite. Closer to the date of the conference, an email with Zoom meeting room information, including joining link and password, will be provided.

The program for the CEC GBA Plus conference will be posted on the webpage and updated regularly with regards to panel timing and presenters.

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