8 March 2018

A 1 percent increase in gender diversity would generate 3.5 percent more revenue for Canadian companies:  2015 Foundation fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 Foundation mentor Jillian Stirk reached this promising conclusion in Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global Advantage, a special report funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Panicaro Foundation and published in April 2017 by the Centre for International Governance Innovation. On 27 February 2018, Momani and Stirk’s findings were cited by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in his remarks on Budget 2018 before the House of Commons to explain government measures encouraging equality of opportunity and the promotion of women to leadership positions. Congratulations to Bessma Momani and Jillian Stirk for their input to Budget 2018!

Bessma Momani is a 2015 Foundation fellow and a professor in the department of political science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs of the University of Waterloo. Jillian Stirk is a 2015 Foundation mentor and a former ambassador of Canada to Norway. Read their special report here, and read Finance Minister Morneau’s Budget 2018 speech here.

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2015 Fellows

Jillian Stirk

Retired after 30 years of service in the foreign service, she brings strategic expertise in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations.

2015 Mentors