Media Advisory - Inaugural G(irls)20 Summit Launches in Toronto

TORONTO, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - This Wednesday, June 16, 21 young women, one from each of the G20 nations and one from the African Union, will gather in Toronto for the first-ever G(irls)20 Summit.

Modelled after the G20, the G(irls)20 Summit was created to highlight how girls and women can help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.

Between June 16 and 18, the delegates will work together to develop tangible solutions to global challenges. From June 19 to 25, they will participate in various workshops addressing problem solving, mentorship and leadership, financial literacy, media relations, government relations and how to utilize social media and technology to communicate globally.

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    All events held at:
    Rotman School of Management (Atrium), University of Toronto
    105 St. George St., Toronto

    9:30 a.m.
           Opening Ceremonies
           The Honourable Belinda Stronach

    9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
           Opening Panel
           What is the greatest challenge facing girls and women today? What
           practical solution would you put in place to address the challenge
           you have identified?
              -  Pamela Shifman, NOVO Foundation
              -  Swan Paik, Nike Foundation
              -  Sarah Kambou, International Centre for Research on Women
              -  Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver
              -  Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International

    11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
           Media Interviews available with G(irls)20 Delegates and
           Belinda Stronach

    11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
           The Common Sense of Education - Presentation and Q&A
           Ndungu Kahilu, Plan Canada (Nairobi)

    12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
           Media Interviews available with G(irls)20 Delegates and
           Belinda Stronach

    1:05 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
           Photo Opportunity
           G(irls)20 delegates meet the Federal, Provincial and Territorial
           Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women
           Venue TBD (restaurant on Harbord Street)

    2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
           The Economic Prowess of Girls & Women - Presentation and Q&A
           Reeta Roy, President, The Mastercard Foundation

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
           Maternal & Child Health Presentation and Q&A
           Screening of No Woman, No Cry
           (Due to the fact that this film has not been officially released,
           we are obligated to enforce a no recording device policy. NO CELL
           Please arrive early for collection of recording devices.
           *Only pre-registered media will be granted access

           Scotiabank Theatre
           259 Richmond Street West, Toronto

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
           G(irls)20 Summit Reception with Belinda Stronach
           *Only pre-registered media will be granted access

           Brassaii Restaurant
           461 King Street West, Toronto

    Friday, June 18th, 2010

    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
           G(irls) 20 Press Conference
           Summit Communiqué presentation led by G(irls)20 Delegates

           Rotman School of Management (Atrium), University of Toronto
           105 St. George St.

    Saturday, June 19th, 2010

    9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
           Photo Opportunity:
           Physical Activity session for G(irls)20 delegates led by five-time
           Olympian, Charmaine Crooks

           The Yorkville Club
           87 Avenue Road, Toronto

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

    10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
           Meeting with MPs and Senators hosted by Senator Frum. Speaker:
           Senator LeBreton

           Parliament Hill - East Block, B16, Ottawa

For more information about the G(irls)20 Summit, visit


For further information: For further information: For interview requests and to reserve your spot for the events on Thursday, June 17, please contact: Laurie Weir, Veritas Communications, Direct: 416-482-0723, Cell: 416-318-1936,

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