Be the Change

Be the Change

Together our voices can advance equity - for everyone. 

Event Details

In partnership with UN Women's HeForShe campaign, Be the Change is on Thursday, September 19 in the MacEwan Hall Ballroom. Doors open at 4:00pm and the program begins at 4:30pm. 

Swag booths

Drop by a swag booth in MacEwan Hall on your way to the event space. Contribute to the conversation - share what gender equity means to you and post on social using #HeForShe and #UCalgary. 

Keynote speech by Paul Brandt

Hear a keynote speech from Canadian country music star Paul Brandt as he shares insights on his work as the founder of #NotInMyCity, a non-profit preventing trafficking and sexual exploitation in our city. 

Panel conversation

UCalgary and community experts come together to share research and experience on topics including male allyship, advocacy, and gender-based violence. 

Q&A with experts

Curious about how to get involved or want to know more about gender equity, allyship and violence prevention on campus and in the community? Submit your questions online to ask one of our experts. 

What is HeForShe?

People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. Launched by UN Women in 2014, HeForShe is a global solidarity movement that invites men and people of all genders to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. 

HeForShe provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime, on our university campus and around the world. 


Paul Brandt

Paul Brandt - Keynote Speaker

Paul Brandt is a Multi-Platinum recording artist, philanthropist, and 21-year serial entrepreneur.  

Influenced by his past as a Registered Nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Paul combines his celebrity platform with humanitarian endeavours. Paul's humanitarian work has led him to various projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Egypt, Belize, Mexico, Haiti and Cambodia.

Paul promotes projects to meet practical physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs around the world. Inspired by this idea, the anti-human trafficking movement called #NotInMyCity, focused on raising awareness about child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, was born.

In his keynote talk, Paul will share insights about his role as a male advocate in the gender-based violence space through his work as the founder of #NotInMyCity.

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    Date & Time: September 16  |  12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B 101)

    Join the Office of Sustainability for a free screening of The Mask You Live In. The Mask You Live In explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large while unveiling ways we can step in and take action. 

  2. Gender Equity Issues in Higher Education - Lunch n Learn

    Date & Time: Sept. 19 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Location: Women's Resource Centre (MSC 482)

    What factors might contribute to gender inequity and inequality in universities? What are the necessary steps that can and should be taken to achieve gender equity?

    Join us for a Lunch n Learn on Sept. 19 to hear UCalgary experts answer these questions and share insights on gender equity in post-secondary.

  3. WELab Program

    The Hunter Hub's WELab program is the first of its kind in Alberta. WELab is a female entrepreneurship education and mentorship program, designed to inspire and develop the next generation of women entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers across diverse disciplines.

    Open to UCalgary female-identifying undergraduates, the program officially launches Fall 2019.