Past Toronto Breakfasts

Looking for inspiration? Want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls across Canada? The Canadian Women's Foundation Calgary and Toronto Breakfasts are inspiring, eye-opening, sell-out events. Learn about some of our past Breakfast speakers below.

Michael Kimmel2016 - Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel has been called "the world's most prominent male feminist." Kimmel, a bestselling author and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, shared his findings on the impacts of hyper-masculinity and how gender equality is good for everyone—men included.


2015 - Maysoon Zayid

In 2015, Maysoon Zayid shared her unique and often hilarious take on equality. She made audiences laugh, but also made them think about the treatment of people living with a disability, the impact of cyberbullying, and much more.

2014 - Ashley Judd

In 2014, Ashley Judd shared her journey to activism and her work to end sex trafficking. She has spoken out against the sexualization of women and girls in media and has increasingly focused on her humanitarian work, including poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, and social justice. 


2013 - Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong, one of  Canada’s most engaging speakers, has been described as “the war correspondent for the world’s women”.  Sally spoke at the 2013 Toronto Breakfast about stunning courage in the face of oppression, what we can learn from it in Canada, and why the time for women is now.  


2012 - Geena Davis

When actor Geena Davis was watching television with her two-year-old daughter, she was shocked at the lack of female characters in children's programs. Today, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry regarding the portrayal of women and girls in children’s entertainment. She spoke about her work at the 2012 Breakfast.

2011 - Gloria Steinem

In 2011, Gloria was the honoured keynote speaker at our 20th anniversary fundraising breakfast. In her speech, Gloria called the Canadian Women’s Foundation “a bright star in the global women’s movement” because our work is rooted in creating independence, not dependence, by helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence.